Best Gluten-Free Blondies

Best Gluten-Free Blondies are a celebration of butterscotch and vanilla, studded with white chocolate and pecans.

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It’s taken me a while to get to a gluten-free blondie recipe which I truly love. Every so often I make a batch of blondies but I am usually a little disappointed by them. By their nature blondies are rich with butterscotch flavour but this can sometimes translate to a sickly sweet treat. Not so here. Thank goodness I persevered as these blondies I love. They charm with vanilla and have a delicious chewy but nutty bite.

However, without delay I want to let you into the trick to achieving the absolute best blondies so there’s no messing around and we get to the good stuff right away. The trick to these Gluten-Free Blondies is…

Coffee Powder.

The presence of a gentle hint of coffee powder seems to absorb the trappings of the sickly sweet blondie and balance it out, creating a blondie intense with butterscotch flavour without a sugar hangover.

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Stay tuned though as there are other steps, equally important, to ensure that these are the best blondies ever.

Brown That Butter!

Blondies need melted butter anyway to ensure their delightfully soft chewy texture so why not take it one step further. All you need to do is melt your butter a little longer than needed so that toasty nutty flavour develops. Your finished blondies will thank you for it.

It’s also necessary to use two different types of sugar here. It sounds a little bit of a faff but I do it in a lot of my recipes and it’s worth it. First we use light muscovado for its gentle molasses taste. We’re trying to evoke butterscotch here and light muscovado is the perfect choice. It also gives extra moisture to the bake so we’re leaning into the fudgey chew that we like so much. However, too much and we’ll have a sloppy blondie at the end of the day. The caster sugar gives a little bit more body to the blondie and a firmer texture.

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Gluten-Free Flours

Now we need to choose our gluten-free flours. If we’re looking for that butterscotch taste then there is only one contender. Oat flour. If you can’t tolerate oats then never fear, you can substitute with sorghum flour. However, if you can tolerate oats then go with them as their flavour was made for these blondies. We also need to add a bit of sweet rice flour to the mix, again the gentle flavour of sweet rice flour works well here. But we also need it for its starchy qualities, to help the blondie stick together and promote the chew factor. Finally a light touch of potato flour is included to balance out the two flours and help not make the batter too wet as it’s a hydroscopic flour.

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Add Ins

Finally we’re after some good add-ins. Blondies can be perfectly lovely plain but they are made even better with chopped white chocolate and pecans. We choose to chop our white chocolate into shards, some big some, small pieces. It’s a preferred choice rather than chocolate chips as some of the shards may melt into the batter during the bake which just tastes really good. We also keep some bigger shards for texture. A few chopped nuts in the mix work so well for taste and texture too and pecans are my preferred choice.

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Best Gluten-Free Blondies

Gluten-Free Blondies are a celebration of butterscotch and vanilla, studded with white chocolate and pecans.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make gluten-free blondies
Servings: 12
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 165 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g soft light brown muscovado sugar
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g sweet rice flour
  • 90 g oat flour
  • 35 g potato flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coffee powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 100 g white chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • 75 g pecans roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan assisted/gas mark 4 and line and grease a 20cm square baking tin.
  • Brown the butter by melting the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted the butter will start hissing and cracking and forming little brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Wait until the noises start to subside and the butter smells toasty Remove from the heat straightaway and pour into a heatproof mixing bowl so it doesn’t begin to burn.
  • Stir the sugars into the butter, followed by the eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Sift the flours together, in a separate mixing bowl, with the baking powder, coffee powder and salt.
  • Beat the flour mix into the wet ingredients until completely combined.
  • Fold in the chopped white chocolate and pecans and pour the batter into the baking tin.
  • Bake for 30 minutes then leave in the tin to settle for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a cooling rack before cutting into 12 bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 7.7% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 5.7% | Iron: 4.3%

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free but most importantly, absolutely heavenly.

A stack of Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

So I have got into a nice little habit which like all my habits start off as something well intentioned but ultimately turn into an unhealthy obsession until I have to stage a self-intervention and no longer allow myself to indulge in the habit further.

This current habit is… making my own chocolate. Oh by gum I am loving it. It all started a few months ago when I was asked to make a refined sugar-free, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free chocolate cake. The recipe for the cake itself wasn’t a problem, but finding quality chocolate for the ganache that ticked all these requirements wasn’t an easy task.

It also surprised me how many bars of chocolate that claimed to be vegan also said ‘may contain dairy.’ This left me baffled. And a dairy-free chocolate that didn’t contain soy felt like the holy grail.

Also sugar. Turns out chocolate producers like to put actual sugar in their chocolate, who knew? I did eventually find an artisan 70% dark chocolate bar without dairy or soy and made with coconut sugar. Of course the cost was obscene. I really didn’t have an option. I was going to have to make my own.

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It turned out that making my own chocolate from just a few ingredients was ridiculously easy. The resulting cake was splendid and everyone involved was incredibly happy. Especially me, as now I knew how to make my own healthy and guilt-free chocolate. This could only be a good thing, yet more ammunition for me to enjoy a balanced and less processed diet. Without a doubt this would lead to weight loss, wellness and unqualified happiness.

Sure. If you are a remotely restrained human being. That is not me and I am on the homemade chocolate train and riding it all the way to Disneyland and back again. Happiness indeed.

A stack of Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

Now this homemade chocolate isn’t made the same way actual chocolate producers make their posh bars but this homemade stuff is actually pretty brilliant. And incredibly addictive.

cocoa butter chips

How to make chocolate

  • Cocoa Butter. The base of the homemade chocolate is cocoa butter which you can easily get hold of on Amazon or your local health food shop. You can buy it in blocks of raw cocoa butter but it’s better for this purpose to buy in chips for even melting. The cocoa butter is melted with coconut oil which is used to help solidify the chocolate.
  • Cocoa powder is then whisked in for the chocolate taste.
  • Maple syrup, only a dash, for sweetness
  • Vanilla extract for depth
  • Salt for balance.
  • Add-ins. It’s up to you to leave plain or go crazy with the add-ins.
  • Set. All that’s left is to set the chocolate in the fridge or freezer. You can use chocolate moulds, a parchment lined Tupperware box, or muffin cases.

How to store homemade chocolate

This homemade chocolate isn’t as stable as properly processed chocolate and it melts easily so you will need to keep it in the fridge once it has set but that’s no issue at all as it’s wonderful direct from the chiller.

I have been loving experimenting with homemade chocolate but in this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Caramel Crunch Cups things are getting really exciting.

gluten-free cornflakes

Gluten-Free Cornflakes

Now I spoke above about the option of add-ins for your homemade chocolate. I’m talking about chopped nuts, dried fruit or crushed cookie pieces. For this recipe though we want some crunch to our chocolate, to contrast with the thick smoothness of the caramel. The crunch element of choice here is gluten-free cornflakes. Now I’m not a big cereal-for-breakfast fan, but cereal-in-desserts is another matter entirely. I grew up on chocolate cornflake treats and this here is just a grown up version of that. Not only do these cornflakes give the chocolate crunch but also that unique, almost malty, cornflake flavour that is so reminiscent of childhood.

Check Your Labelling

Check your labelling if you are looking for refined sugar-free. There are various brands of gluten-free cornflakes that either have no sugar involved or are made with unrefined sugar and also some made with regular sugar. It’s up to you which you choose. If you are going for completely unsweetened cornflakes though you may want to increase the amount of maple syrup used. For this recipe I used cornflakes slightly sweetened with rice malt syrup.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups in a tin

I have been making different versions of chocolate cups since Beau was born. They were my little treat during night feeds when I needed something to stay awake. They are so easy to make as you just need cupcake cases, melted chocolate and a filling of some sort. The idea is based on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups of which there have been countless versions of pervading food blogs for years. Here though, I wanted something a little less sinful but that still tastes just like you are sinning.

peanut butter vegan caramel

How To Make Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel

This filling takes peanut butter cups to the next level. First we make a vegan and sugar-free caramel by blending chewy sticky medjool dates with hot water, for a smooth drippy consistency, and coconut cream to really make it taste like actual creamy rich caramel. It’s such good stuff. Add a bit of vanilla and salt and you have a refined sugar-free and vegan caramel which is out of this world. I’m not vegan so I eat proper caramel all the time and I am still thrilled with the date caramel option, it has such depth of flavour and a perfect consistency. When we blend in a natural peanut butter into this caramel the situation suddenly gets serious.Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cup cut in half and stacked up on each other

This peanut butter caramel is an utterly divine filling for our chocolate crunch cups. At first you might think this is a complicated recipe as it involves making your own chocolate and your own vegan caramel. The steps are easy though and pretty foolproof. There’s no tempering of chocolate or burning of sugar to worry about and most of the recipe is an assembly job, broken down in the method below. I urge you to give these a try or at least make your own homemade chocolate, I bet after you make it the first time it will soon become a habit.

stacks of Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free but most importantly, absolutely heavenly.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Date Caramel

  • 120 g medjool dates pitted, about 8 dates
  • 60 g natural peanut butter
  • 60 g coconut cream
  • 60 ml boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Chocolate

  • 220 g cocoa butter chips
  • 30 ml coconut oil
  • 100 g cocoa powder
  • 30 ml maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 100 g gluten-free refined sugar-free cornflakes, finely crushed
  • 20 g natural unsalted peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt

Instructions

Peanut Butter Date Caramel

  • Place all the ingredients into a small food processor and mix together for 5-10 minutes so the caramel is ultra smooth. Every so often turn off the processor and scrape down the sides for an even blend.

Chocolate

  • Melt the cocoa butter chips and coconut oil in a bain marie or metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat.
  • Sift the cocoa powder into the cocoa butter then whisk in until smooth.
  • Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt and crushed cornflakes.

Assembly

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of the molten chocolate into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  • Place in freezer for 3 minutes so the chocolate is half set.
  • Remove from the freezer. Push the chocolate ¾ way up the sides of the cupcake liner then place back in the freezer for 10 minutes for chocolate to completely set.
  • Remove the chocolates from the freezer.
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of peanut butter date caramel into each case and smooth down the top of the caramel.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of the cornflake chocolate over the top of the caramel so it is completely covered.
  • Place the chocolate back into the freezer for 20 minutes to set.
  • Remove the chocolate from the freezer, sprinkle over some chopped peanuts and flaked sea salt.
  • Store the chocolates in the fridge. They will keep for at least a week.

Notes

*use a natural peanut butter which should only have ‘peanuts’ listed under the ingredients.
*The caramel cream I use is from a tin of coconut milk. If you are based in the UK then the best coconut milk brand to use is Biona as it contains no gums or stabilisers. Place your tin of coconut milk in the fridge upside down overnight. By the morning the coconut will have separated from the water, leaving you with beautifully solidified coconut cream at the top of your tin which you can scoop out with a spoon. I use the leftover coconut water for drinking, adding to smoothies, thinning out salad dressings or cooking with.
Homemade Chocolate recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker's Easy Vegan Chocolate

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 9.9%


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These cocoa butter chips are perfect for this recipe. Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Cacao/Cocoa Butter, Wafers, 1kg are a pure ingredient with no ‘may contain..’ scariness.

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A stack of Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

Raspberry Doughnuts {gluten-free, dairy-free}

These Raspberry Doughnuts are gluten-free and dairy-free. Utterly moreish and tender of crumb with a bright fruity flavour.

overview of Raspberry Doughnuts

These doughnuts are dangerous. Doughnuts have been my most requested gluten-free recipe (along with pastry and bread – guys I’m working on them) and believe me, these doughnuts have been worth the wait. Back in my wheat-eatin’ days I had always been a fried yeasted jam doughnut gal but on a whim last year I bought a doughnut tin and started experimenting with it. I can’t deny it, I have slowly been converted to baked doughnuts. They are lighter to eat and quicker and easier to make. Although unfortunately they are just as moreish – if not more so. It takes about four bites to eat one of these doughnuts so it seems churlish to have less that two at a time. And no one will blame you either if you don’t make it to the icing stage, but start nibbling them as they are cooling on the rack. They are far too easy to eat and heavenly straight out of the oven. Dangerous.

overview of Raspberry Doughnuts with one plated up

How to Make Dairy-Free Doughnuts

Vegan Buttermilk

I didn’t intend to make these Raspberry Doughnuts dairy-free at all, it’s just that I ran out of buttermilk when I was testing the second batch and had plenty of almond milk hanging around the fridge that I could easily substitute. To replicate the buttermilk effect, which gives a delightfully tender crumb to the doughnuts, I just added some fresh lemon juice to the almond milk to sour. The results were pretty great and I didn’t notice any discernible difference in the two batches. You don’t have to use almond milk, any non-dairy milk will do the job. Or dairy if you’re happy with that.

Coconut Oil

For the third batch I thought ‘in for a penny in for a pound’ and switched out the melted butter that I had been using for melted coconut oil. Actually I really really liked this swap. It helped that by this batch I had also nailed down the right flour mix so the doughnuts were beautifully light and fluffy. So I stuck with the dairy-free version and think the clean and light taste of the non-dairy ingredients mean the raspberry flavour really gets to shine.

Pro Tip – I usually use refined coconut oil for my bakes as that means we avoid the taste of coconut. It’s a much cheaper product than unrefined organic coconut oil so there’s also that benefit.

overview of Raspberry Doughnuts

Gluten-Free Flours

We want a flour blend with a more neutral taste so that the raspberry flavour comes through so we use the following flours.

  • Oat flour is a lovely light and fluffy flour with a slight butterscotch flavour that works well but isn’t so overpowering that it blows out the raspberry flavour. Also it isn’t prone to the same grittiness that a lot of alternative flours have, like white rice flour and sorghum flour, so we keep a nice tender texture.
  • Tapioca Flour is used for the bind. It worked better than the sweet rice flour which just imparted too much flavour.
  • Potato Flour is used to round out the mix, for neutrality and help with the potential of a ‘gummy’ texture from using too much oat flour.

Close up of Raspberry Doughnut

How To Flavour Raspberry Doughnuts

Freeze-Dried Raspberry Powder is baked into the doughnut batter. These freeze-dried powders used to be my secret baking weapons but now happily they are stocked in a lot of supermarkets so we don’t have to order them online. You need to add a lot of powder, 15g. Do measure using scales if you can. I believe it’s about 3-4 tablespoons though.

Fresh Raspberry Icing amplifies the raspberry flavour. You can use frozen or fresh raspberries depending on the season. Puree the raspberries then sieve to remove the seeds. Whisk the smooth raspberry puree with icing sugar for the most vibrant and flavourful icing.

Close up of Raspberry Doughnut, broken in half

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Raspberry Doughnuts {gluten-free, dairy-free}

These Raspberry Doughnuts are gluten-free and dairy-free. Utterly moreish and tender of crumb with a bright fruity flavour.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked doughnuts, dairy-free doughnuts, gluten-free doughnuts, raspberry doughnuts
Servings: 15 doughnuts
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 240 ml non-dairy milk I used almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 60 g coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 150 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 80 g tapioca flour
  • 25 g potato flour
  • 15 g raspberry powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Raspberry Icing:

  • 125 g raspberries fresh or frozen
  • 190 g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rose petals optional

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 170°C /160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Lightly grease the doughnut tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour the non-dairy milk and the lemon juice into a large jug and whisk together. Leave for five minutes for the milk to sour.
  • Whisk the caster sugar, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract into the jug and set aside for a moment.
  • Sift the oat flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, raspberry powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl, whisking to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients then pour the wet ingredients into it, using a wooden spoon to bring the batter together. Beat by hand until the batter is smooth and thickened.
  • Pour the batter carefully into each doughnut ring in the tin, filling to about three-quarters full.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, leave for a couple of minutes for the doughnuts to settle then gently insert them out of the tin to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Wash the tin, re-grease and make the second batch, then the same again for the final 3 doughnuts.

Raspberry Icing

  • Place the raspberries in a medium sized saucepan and heat gently until the raspberries have broken down into pulp.
  • Sieve the raspberry pulp, discarding the seeds.
  • Mix the raspberry puree with the icing sugar until a thick icing has formed and spoon over the cooled doughnuts. Leave the icing to set for at least an hour and decorate with rose petals if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1.9% | Vitamin C: 5.6% | Calcium: 5.7% | Iron: 4.7%

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There’s no way around it. You do need a doughnut tin to make these doughnuts and the one I used is Wilton 6 Cavities Doughnut Pan, 6 x 1.5 cm, Steel Silver. There are only 6 holes so you will have to make your doughnuts in batches but since they only take 8 minutes to bake it’s really no bother. My doughnuts always turn out beautifully from the tin and I used it brilliantly from the get go.

For more information about oat flour and tapioca flour where to buy them and what brands I recommend please visit my posts dedicated to these lovely flours.

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Raspberry Doughnuts

Pecan Espresso Granola {gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan}

Pecan Espresso Granola is a healthy way to start your day or snack or eat your dessert. It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. It’s also ultra delicious, crunchy and satisfying.

overhead view of a bowl of granola with almond milk, banana slices on a wooden plate with a cup of coffee and a spoon

I try to keep a jar of homemade granola in the cupboard for the whole family to enjoy, we all get a little bit of something different from it and it’s become a bit of a necessity. Luke loves it for breakfast with a splash of milk (Homemade Almond Milk is a winner here), Cole will pretty much eat it anytime but I often use it as a sprinkling over his yoghurt. And I can often be found delving into the jar to pull out dry fistfuls as a snack. Beau however has yet to become accustomed to the delights of granola, but he is only 9 months old.

close up view of Pecan Espresso Granola

Granola is so versatile to eat and also to make, I have fun with it, adding whatever nuts, seeds, fats and flavours I fancy that week and Cole often helps throw things into the mix. You can’t really go wrong with it. I think though this Pecan Espresso Granola is one of my favourite granola recipes and I just couldn’t stop eating it for that last week in December. It helps that it’s also an ideal January recipe and will suit you whether you are trying a sugar-free diet or veganuary.

overhead view of a bowl of granola with almond milk, banana slices on a wooden plate with a cup of coffee and a spoon

Oats are fantastically nutritious for you, which is why they are such a staple breakfast food worldwide. They are high in a fibre called beta-glucan which helps lower cholesterol, balances out blood sugar and helps fight hunger pangs. You have your energy boosting protein here from the pecans and almond butter which also provide good fats along with the coconut oil to satisfy you. Dates and maple syrup provide just the right amount of sweetness and the whole affair is spiked with the richness of espresso, cinnamon and vanilla. There isn’t too much espresso here that I fear giving it to Cole but by all means if you are concerned about giving this granola to your littles then do leave it out.

overhead view of Pecan Espresso Granola spilling from a jar with a tea towel and bowl of granola to the side

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Pecan Espresso Granola {gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan}

Pecan Espresso Granola is a healthy way to start your day or snack or eat your dessert. It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. It’s also ultra delicious, crunchy and satisfying.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: gluten-free granola recipe, pecan espresso granola, pecan espresso granola recipe
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 300 g gluten-free jumbo rolled oats
  • 150 g pecans roughly chopped
  • 150 g ready-to-eat dates pitted and roughly chopped (about 7)
  • 100 g almond butter
  • 75 g coconut oil melted
  • 50 ml maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C /150°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Mix together the oats and pecans in a large bowl then set aside for a moment.
  • Place the dates, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, espresso powder, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the date mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with your hands until the oats and nuts are completely coated. Clump some of the granola up into balls so you get a variety of crunchy texture in your finished granola.
  • Spread the granola out onto a large greased baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, taking the tray out every 10 minutes to shake up the granola so it toasts evenly.
  • Remove from the oven, loosen the granola a little from the bottom of the baking tray then leave to cool on the tray.
  • Once cool pour the granola into an airtight container where it will be delicious for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 0.2% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 7.2% | Iron: 12%

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You certainly don’t need a Vitamix blender to whizz together all the wet ingredients to make this granola but oh my goodness did my life change when Luke bought me one for my birthday last year. My Vitamix® Pro750 Food Blender, Copper UK Model is one of my most favourite kitchen appliances and I use it almost daily. This blender is amazing! I loved the Kitchenaid blender I had before but my Vitamix produces the smoothest smoothies, most cohesive sauces and fantastic soups. I have been using it most frequently at the moment for making my nut milks but also my iced matcha lattes and I now could not be without it. Okay, it isn’t cheap but if you have the budget for it and you are looking to be really spoilt then I really recommend it. Plus I love the colour!!


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Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk is a deliciously creamy alternative to dairy milk. Contrary to popular belief it is quick and easy to make, but do build in that day’s worth of soaking time.

A jug of Homemade Almond Milk next to some almonds

I am not reinventing the wheel with this recipe. In fact I too have posted all about Homemade Almond Milk before, about five years ago, and I was late to the party then. However, I find it necessary to publish this recipe a second time as my first post of 2019 since I rediscovered it when completing my Whole30 back in October and it has become such an important part of my kitchen that I want to remind you about it. I don’t drink dairy milk in my tea and I hadn’t realised how accustomed I had become to the piss poor almond milk you can buy in the supermarket; watery, bland, expensive and full of rubbish ingredients. It has become quite clear to me recently that I am quite intolerant to all the gums added to various supermarket products and I wanted an almond milk that eschewed all those extra nasties. Now, you will not be saving any money here as almonds are expensive, but the joy you will be getting out of this Homemade Almond Milk is a million worlds away to the cartoned stuff you have been putting up with for far too long. It is completely and utterly delicious. Although I talk about using it in my tea a lot here I also use it in my baking and cooking to fantastic effect when I want to mimic single cream.

overview of a jug of Homemade Almond Milk next to some almonds

When I was in my mid-twenties I was unwell a lot, I was missing a lot of time of work and since I had a very busy job as a TV Producer I was really feeling the strain. The days I did go into work I usually felt awful, constantly sick and exhausted with pounding headaches. The doctors tested me for everything but in their eyes I was fit and well. So under the advice of my personal trainer I went to a local kinesiologist to seek a more holistic approach, which was a fun if slightly batty experience. Kinesiology is the study of human movement and a series of simple tests on muscles is believed to determine any imbalances in the body. Since by this time I was fed up of going to the doctors for them merely to shrug and give me further blood tests the holistic approach seemed a welcome relief.

The kinesiologist put various food samples in my hands and tested my muscle response to see if any particular food group was causing an imbalance in my body and by eliminating the incriminating substances from my diet she hoped to determine the cause of my lack of energy and why I was frequently plagued by nausea and headaches. Now the results were not a short list; it turned out I was intolerant to mushrooms (yay, I hate them anyway), beer (ditto), soy (meh), marmite (hmm, I always quite liked marmite), wheat (well, we’ve talked about this a lot) and dairy (noooooo). At the time I was obsessed with crème fraiche, putting it in everything, and I did so love my cups of tea; I couldn’t bear having to give these up.

However, if I thought about it, the dairy thing kind of made sense. As a child I was never able to eat cereal as the milk made my ears pop, like I had lost my centre of gravity, and since taking up the tea habit in my late teens I was never able to drink more than a couple of mugs before getting my patented ‘tea tummy’.

A nut milk bag full of soaked almond meal

The inability to tolerate lactose is more prevalent in human beings than we realise. Most mammals cease to produce lactase after being weaned which means they become intolerant to lactose and although many human beings have developed lactase persistence into adulthood, meaning that they can digest lactose normally, Wikipedia says (so it must be bible) that in 75% of adults lactase activity is decreasing, leading to the intolerance of lactose.

Although I have been able to cut the rest of my intolerances out of my diet very successfully the dairy thing has plagued me off and on for years. However, I have found a happy medium in that in the everyday I avoid as much dairy as I can but in my baking and on special occasions I do allow myself to jump onto the dairy wagon again. This is why you see both dairy and non-dairy recipes on my website.

The one thing I have never really minded about avoiding dairy though is the substitution of almond milk for dairy in my tea. I prefer it. It has a sharper flavour and seems to strengthen the taste of the tea rather than soften it like dairy. Now, the supermarket stuff is fine but Homemade Almond Milk is the real deal; richer, silkier, fresher, more nutty and makes tea (and coffee for you coffee drinkers) feel much more luxurious, exactly as if it had whole dairy milk in it.

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Homemade Almond Milk is so straightforward to make and, although I’m lucky enough to have one, you do not need a Vitamix to make it (although it does make it so much easier) just a decent enough blender. You simply soak the almonds in water for 1-2 days, drain and then blend with fresh water. The milk is produced immediately but you will want to strain it through a nut bag to get rid of all the nitty gritty. Having made homemade nut milks without a nut bag for an awfully long time and then buying a nut bag for under a tenner I have to say that the nut bag is pretty non-negotiable. It makes the process so much easier and less messy.

It’s also worth mentioning though that at the end of the milk making process you will be left with some soaked almond meal in the muslin after straining, I would heartily recommend you turn to my helpful booklet on How to Use Leftover Almond Pulp which has some exclusive recipes and ideas on how you can best use this very useful by-product. The below image is of the simply wonderful Almond Pulp Raw Chocolate Truffles, the recipe for which is included in the booklet.

Almond Pulp Raw Chocolate Truffles

I was thrilled that the Whole30 made me embrace Homemade Almond Milk again and so far three months down the line I still can’t get enough of it. It’s worth noting at this point that Homemade Almond Milk lasts for 3 days in your refrigerator so I make it in smaller batches of 500ml at a time to avoid any wastage.

If you make Homemade Almond Milk then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own nut milk creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

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A jug of Homemade Almond Milk next to some almonds

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Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk is a deliciously creamy alternative to dairy milk. Contrary to popular belief it is quick and easy to make, but do build in that day’s worth of soaking time.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: almond milk recipe, homemade almond milk, how to make almond milk
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 431kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 150 g whole unblanched almonds
  • 500 ml of water plus extra for soaking

Instructions

  • Place your almonds in a medium bowl then pour over enough water so it covers the almonds by an inch.
  • Cover the bowl and leave for 1-2 days for the almonds to soften.
  • Drain and rinse the almonds then place in a blender with 500ml of fresh water. Blend for a minute or two (depending on the strength of your blender) until it’s as smooth as you can get it.
  • Place your nut bag in a large bowl, opening it up as wide as possible.
  • Pour the milk into the nut bag then gather up the ties and close
  • Lift up the nut bag and watch all the clean almond milk drip into your bowl. Squeeze the nut bag to extract as much milk as you can.
  • That’s it. Pour the milk into a sterilised jar and keep in the fridge. Don’t discard the almond pulp but reserve for other recipes*.
  • The almond milk lasts for a 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 20.6% | Iron: 15.5%

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You certainly don’t need a Vitamix blender to make Homemade Almond Milk but oh my goodness did my life change when Luke bought me one for my birthday last year. My Vitamix® Pro750 Food Blender, Copper UK Model is one of my most favourite kitchen appliances and I use it almost daily. This blender is amazing! I loved the Kitchenaid blender I had before but my Vitamix produces the smoothest smoothies, most cohesive sauces and fantastic soups. I have been using it most frequently at the moment for making my nut milks but also my iced matcha lattes and I now could not be without it. Okay, it isn’t cheap but if you have the budget for it and you are looking to be really spoilt then I really recommend it. Plus I love the colour!!

However, as I said above, a nut milk bag is non-negotiable if you really want to get on board the Homemade Almond Milk train. I used to make it in just a muslin cloth with some string and it was a messy affair. My nut milk bag has so much use and it’s not that expensive. I use this Lovetree Products Nut Milk Bag, Professional Filter for Almond, Coconut, Greek Yogurt, Soy Milk, Fruit & Veg Cheesecloth Replacement Reusable Strainer, Strong Nylon Mesh, Inc FREE Recipe E-Book and it does its job perfectly.

Now you may be thinking where you might like to store your Homemade Almond Milk once it’s made. Well, might I recommend this Arc International Luminarc Quadro Fridge Jug with Lid 110cl, 1 Jar. I love it so much and it’s so well priced. It fits in my fridge door and stores then pours the milk perfectly. So useful for so many things but especially Homemade Almond Milk.

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Cranberry Cream Pie

overhead view of Cranberry Cream Pie

Cranberry Cream Pie is tart and fruity with a buttery gluten-free biscuit crust, topped with whipped cream clouds.

overhead view of Cranberry Cream Pie

I have to be honest that the main reason I made this Cranberry Cream Pie was because I wanted some colour. Our house has a tendency to be a bit brown. There is original stripped wood everywhere; floors, doors, skirting, shutters, my bakers rack and our dining table. And that is just our living area. It definitely has a cosy relaxed feel (and by relaxed I mean messy) but it does crave colour. I love this time of year when the bright red and plush burgundy tones really ramp up the warm snug vibe we’ve got going on. And sometimes I need that colour to not just be present in the cushions, candles or Christmas decorations but in our glorious Christmas feast.

side view of a slice of Cranberry Cream Pie

It helps that Cranberry Cream Pie is not only the most stunning deep magenta but is also utterly delicious. This pie has it all, the looks and the personality. Zingy, creamy and crunchy.

overhead view of Cranberry Cream Pie

Cranberry Cream Pie has a thick biscuit crust, made from my favourite gluten-free oat biscuits and plenty of melted butter. The filling is so easy to pull together. just fruity fresh cranberries pureed and mixed with condensed milk, a spritz of lemon juice and egg yolks. It’s really just a wobbly cranberry custard. I used whipping cream to adorn this lovely pie as it’s a bit lighter than double cream and dissolves beautifully in your mouth. Of course use double cream or heavy cream if that’s all you can find. Whipping cream doesn’t see as prevalent as it once was.

I really like the idea of serving Cranberry Cream Pie on Christmas Eve this year alongside our Christmas Glazed Ham. The beautiful colours of the Christmas table lit by candlelight, with a vibrant taste to match, sounds incredibly appealing.

overhead view of Cranberry Cream Pie with slice taken out

If you make this Cranberry Cream Pie then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own kitchen creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

side view of a slice of Cranberry Cream Pie

Cranberry Cream Pie

Cranberry Cream Pie is tart and fruity with a buttery gluten-free biscuit crust, topped with whipped cream clouds.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cream pie, cranberry cream pie recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 726kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 450 g cranberries + 3 tablespoons water
  • 500 g gluten-free oat biscuits*
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 tin condensed milk 397g
  • 400 ml whipping cream

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/ 150°C fan/gas mark 3.
  • Place the cranberries in a medium sized saucepan with the water and cook on a low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cranberries have broken down.
  • Blend the cranberries until they are smooth then set aside in the fridge to cool completely.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan and leave to cool for a few minutes just so the butter is warm rather than hot which helps your biscuit base from becoming too greasy.
  • Whizz up the biscuits in a food processor then with the mixer still on pour in the melted butter until it combines with the biscuit to become a thick sandy texture.
  • Press the biscuit crust into a 23cm pie dish using the back of a spoon and push the base up the sides of the dish.
  • Bake the crust for 18 minutes then remove from the oven. Gently re-press and shape the biscuit crust which might have puffed up a bit and then leave to cool in the fridge to set whilst you make the filling.
  • Turn the oven down to 160°C/140°C fan/gas mark 1.
  • Mix the cranberries, lemon juice, egg yolks and condensed milk in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the cranberry filling into pie shell, smoothing out the top.
  • Bake the pie for 25 minutes, the cranberry filling should still be a little wobbly.
  • Leave to cool and set in the fridge overnight.
  • Whip the cream until thick and it can hold its shape then pipe over the top of the pie.
  • Serve chilled.

Notes

*my favourite oat biscuits to use at the moment are Nairn's Oats & Syrup Biscuit Breaks. They are too yummy!

Nutrition

Calories: 726kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 277mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 29.4% | Vitamin C: 8.8% | Calcium: 18.3% | Iron: 10.8%

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I would be nowhere without my Magimix 4200XL Food Processor – Satin for making the crust for this recipe. I have easily had it over ten years and I use it nearly every day for whipping up dips, pestos, nut butters, nut and oat flour and making my breadcrumbs. The Magixmix is an impressive piece of kit which even survived being dropped when we moved into our house (although it did have to have the motor replaced but that wasn’t too expensive). I put all the attachments in the dishwasher and they come out brilliantly clean but it also gives just great results. I love my Magimix and along with my Kitchenaid is the piece of equipment I use most often in my kitchen.

I bought this immersion blender when I began weaning Beau a few months ago and haven’t looked back. My big blender isn’t always appropriate when blending a small amount of food. Also these cranberries blend to quite a thick paste and I could imagine most of the fruit getting lost beneath the blades. This immersion blender is perfect. You stick it directly in the saucepan and your cranberries are blended in moments. I also liked the fact that there was still a little bit of texture – the blend is not 100% smooth. I like this Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand Blender 22241, 200 W – White as it’s extremely affordable and straightforward to use.

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