Chocolate Courgette Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}

These Chocolate Courgette Muffins are delightfully decedent and incredibly moist. Plus they are gluten-free and vegan.

close up of chocolate courgette muffins

There is something about courgette that makes a chocolate muffin taste even more chocolately. It seems to deepen the flavour, make it earthier and more complex. The courgette within the muffin doesn’t taste of vegetables but it does give the muffin a kind of intensity that will make you wonder why you don’t put courgettes into all your chocolate cakes.

How to prepare courgettes for cakes

Courgettes are easy to get ready for your cakes. They just require a quick rinse in fresh water, top and tailing, then grating. If you have a grater attachment with your food processor then you’re good to go. However hand grating or using a julienne peeler is just fine too, although will take longer.

The next step is to remove as much excess water out of the courgette as you can. The best way to do this is to wrap the grated courgette in a clean porous cloth, muslin or nut milk bag and squeeze it out by hand. There shouldn’t be a huge amount of water produced but it’s a worthwhile job lest it interfere with the liquid ratios in your cake.

Vegan Baking

Vegan baking can have its detractors but if you use real whole ingredients in your vegan cakes they will produce amazing results. Instead of vegan butter think coconut butter and gravitate towards these kind of ingredients. Homemade cashew milk (which is dead easy to make) or coconut milk without complicated stabilisers will produce much better cakes than your generic carton of soy milk.

These Chocolate Courgette Muffins for instance are as good (actually better!) as any muffin you will have tasted. So light yet almost fudgy. Gluten-free or vegan be damned, they are just an incredible muffin and a perfect way to use up this season’s courgette glut.

Overhead shot of chocolate courgette muffins

How do you make vegan muffins?

Making great vegan muffins is easy once you understand what roles the dairy and eggs play in regular muffins. Then we just need to replicate those roles in other ways.

Fat

The fat is easy to replace as muffins are usually made with a liquid fat anyway. For our vegan muffin we could use a light olive oil but here we’re opting for melted coconut oil.

Rising Agent

That would usually be the job of the eggs and a touch of baking powder. For this recipe though we’re going all in on bicarbonate of soda and baking powder for a really good lift.

Vegan Baking Tip 1: Apple Cider Vinegar

This is the key to the rise. Any vinegar or lemon juice will do the job but apple cider vinegar is my favourite acid to use in a cake. The acid reacts with the bicarbonate of soda to give a great rise to the muffins. It doesn’t hurt that this reaction also gives the cake a really tender crumb.

Vegan Baking Tip 2: Chia Egg

Chia seeds (or flaxseeds also do the same job) can be used to great effect in both vegan and gluten-free cakes to help naturally bind the bake together. A chia ‘egg’ is incredibly simple to prepare:

Mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until the chia seeds have become a sticky gloop. The texture will resemble a whisked egg.

A chia egg is not really a replacement egg exactly. For example, it’s not quite the case that you can just replace the eggs in a cake with the same amount of chia eggs. However, they will definitely help your cake bind really well, giving great moisture content, and that’s pretty much what a real life egg does too.

Gluten-Free Flours

The gluten-free flours in vegan cakes have to work extra hard as they won’t have the protein structure of eggs to help bind the muffin together. So we are looking to use a flour with a very high protein content:

  • Almond flour does this job perfectly and gives great structure to the muffin. However, if we have too much protein then our muffin will be dry and stiff so it’s good to mix the almond flour with something a little lighter and fluffier:
  • Oat flour is the ideal companion to the almond flour in both texture and flavour.

Oat flour substitute – If you find oats hard to digest then you might want to replace it with sorghum flour or teff flour.

For the ultimate guide to all things oat flour and why it’s so great in baking then have a look at this post. It also tells you what to do if you can’t find gluten-free oat flour. Hint: grind your own!!

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Moisture

The one thing a lot of vegan and gluten-free bakes lack is moisture. However we are lucky in these Chocolate Courgette Muffins that there is a lot going on that help us out on that front. We have:

  • Courgettes
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Chia egg
  • Brown sugar

The result is that these muffins are almost fudgy like in texture. They hold together well, they are so delicious and you will be going back for more. And more.

If you are unsure about vegan baking or want to prove to someone how delicious vegan baking can truly be then point them in the direction of these Chocolate Courgette Muffins. No one is going to be disappointed.

If you love these muffins then why not try these other vegan baking recipes?

Lemon Iced Stem Ginger Parkin
Banana Peanut Butter Streusel Muffins
Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf

If you make these Chocolate Courgette Muffins 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 baking 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 versions and variations of my recipes.

Chocolate Courgette Muffins

Chocolate Courgette Muffins are delightfully decedent and incredibly moist. Plus they are gluten-free and vegan.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate zucchini muffins, courgette cake recipe, courgette muffins, vegan chocolate muffin, vegan muffin recipe
Servings: 15 muffins
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 140 ml coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 300 g courgettes grated
  • 350 g soft light brown sugar
  • 200 g almond flour
  • 125 g oat flour
  • 70 g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark Fill a muffin tin/s with 15 muffin liners.
  • Prepare the chia egg by mixing the chia seeds with the 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Set aside for 5-10 minutes for the chia seeds to gel together.
  • Place the grated courgette in the centre of a large piece of muslin, porous cloth or even into a nut milk bag. Using your hands, squeeze the excess water out of the courgettes. After this the grated courgettes should weigh about 250g. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the almond flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl then set aside for a moment.
  • Pour the coconut milk and apple cider in a large bowl or food mixer and beat until the liquid is frothy.
  • Add the melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, sugar, chia egg and grated courgette. Beat until well combined.
  • Mix the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients in two batches to ensure even combining.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin liners, filling each almost to the top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove the muffins immediately from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Notes

  • Use a coconut milk that doesn’t have any thickeners, stablilisers or gums. The best one in the UK is the Biona brand.
  • Oat flour substitute: you can switch out with sorghum flour or teff flour
  • If you can’t find gluten-free oat flour then you can grind your own by using the equal weight of gluten-free rolled oats and grinding in your food processor. Since you’ll probably be unable to achieve as fine a grind the texture of the muffin will be slightly chewier but just as delicious.
  • The best way to scoop the muffin batter into the muffin liners is to use an ice cream scoop. Each muffin should contain about 2 generous scoops.
  • The muffins will keep up to 5 days in a air tight tin in a cool dark place.
  • These muffins freeze excellently. Freeze in a ziplock bag for up to 3 months and leave to defrost on the kitchen top thoroughly before consuming.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 4.5% | Calcium: 9.2% | Iron: 13.2%

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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.

overhead shot of Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups

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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If you make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Cups 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 baking 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 versions and variations of my recipes.

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

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles {gluten-free}

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles are a luxurious gluten-free dessert for fiendish chocolate lovers.

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

I am a sucker for a trifle and man oh man is a Chocolate Brownie Trifle taking the situation to the absolute limit! It’s pure indulgence there is no getting away from it.

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

The base of these Trifles are incredibly fudgy gluten-free brownie bites soaked in a punchy espresso. Layered with a silky luxurious chocolate mousse and topped with a sweet and light espresso dreamy cream topping.

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

Now, lest we not forget my awkward time as an assistant at a cookery school where the chef announced to the students ‘Georgina’s portion sizes are far too large, please don’t serve the apple crumble the way she has’. Of course I was mortified but she was also correct, my portion sizes are really something I need to work on. No one has ever mistaken my cakes for the sort of delicate little patisserie you might find in a bijou bakery in Paris.

That said, I mentioned up top that these Trifles are a romantic double couple serving. Perhaps you might think of them for Valentine’s Day if you care to celebrate this polarising occasion. However, even though these Trifles divide beautifully between two regular sized small glass tumblers, you could possibly share an individual glass with your loved one. It’s completely up to you though. Who am I to talk Miss Huge Portions over here. These Trifles are rich and gorgeously decadent and lovely to indulge in together.

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

It may seem like these Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles are a bit of a faff but actually they are not as time consuming as they appear. The fudge brownies are the easiest one bowl brownies in the world. There’s a bit of cooling time involved but that’s just time you can walk the dog, watch Netflix, go to bed, hang out with your friends or your family.

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

I have a lot of brownie recipes up my sleeve but these incredibly fudgy gluten-free brownies are one of my faves as they are so quick and easy. This recipe just makes a small batch, enough for two people and is a one bowl affair. You melt the chocolate and then literally tip all the other ingredients into the mix, stir and pour into the tin. After baking it also cools in tin, it’s a pretty hands off affair, but creates the most amazing gluten-free brownies.

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles

The chocolate mousse is also easy, it’s egg-free and just five minutes of prep and that dreamy cream topping will whip up in moments. Plus like all Trifles worth their salt they can be made a day or two in advance so you can just grab it from the fridge when you’re good to go. Although do note that the cream topping is always best prepared just before serving.

If you make these Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles 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 baking 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 versions and variations of my recipes.

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Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles {gluten-free}

Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles are a luxurious gluten-free dessert for fiendish chocolate lovers.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate brownie espresso trifle, gluten-free brownie trifle
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 1455kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 65 g dark chocolate
  • 55 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 50 g almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Espresso

  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • 20 ml boiling water

Chocolate Mousse

  • 60 g dark chocolate
  • 120 g double cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Cream Topping

  • 150 ml double cream
  • ½ teaspoon icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder

Decoration

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate shavings
  • ¼ teaspoon espresso powder

Instructions

Brownies

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 and line and grease a 4 inch x 4 inch square cake tin.
  • Melt the dark chocolate with the butter in a bain marie or a glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  • Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and stir in the caster sugar, almond flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder.
  • Stir in the egg until completely combined.
  • Pour the brownie mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and leave the brownies to cool in the tin.
  • Place the brownies in the fridge to set for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the chilled brownies from the fridge and cut into 1 inch cubed bites.
  • Place the brownie bites at the bottom of two glasses in a single layer. There may be a few more brownie bites than you need.

Espresso

  • Whisk the espresso powder into the boiling water until dissolved.
  • Pour the espresso over the brownie bites, divided into the two glasses.
  • Place in the fridge to cool for at least half an hour.

Chocolate Mousse

  • Melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie or a glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the double cream and salt until completely combined and thickened.
  • Spoon the chocolate mousse over the brownie espresso bites, divided between the two glasses.
  • Place in the fridge to chill whilst you prepare the cream topping.

Cream Topping

  • Whisk the double cream with the icing sugar and espresso powder until the cream is thick and of dropping consistency, it should not be stiff.
  • Spoon the cream over the chocolate mousse layer, divided between the two glasses.
  • Decorate the finished Chocolate Brownie Espresso Trifles with chocolate shavings and more espresso powder.

Nutrition

Calories: 1455kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 116g | Saturated Fat: 63g | Cholesterol: 328mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 55.8% | Vitamin C: 0.5% | Calcium: 20.5% | Iron: 53.2%

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I used a very small square cake tin for baking the brownies. This one in fact – PME Anodised Aluminium Square Cake Pan 4 x 4 x 3-Inch Deep

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Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf {gluten-free}

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf is a glorious gluten-free cake, intense with chocolate, chewy with coconut and beautifully moist from the banana. Covered with glossy chocolate and snowy with coconut flakes.

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

I have been doing a lot of vegan baking recently. I am not and never will be vegan because all my food intolerances mean that I would be a very malnourished individual if I were. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the way that veganism has opened up so many opportunities in baking (how fascinating is aquafaba!)and alternative ways of eating and drinking (you know I am a fan of non-dairy milk!). I really appreciate vegan baking and I find when it works well the results can be incredible.

slices of Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

Recently I made a big mistake with one of my cake orders and agreed to make a vegan cake for a client that was based on one of my non-vegan recipes. Since I wanted the cake to resemble my original recipe as closely as possible I made compromises in the ingredients. For example, when making the buttercream I just swapped out regular butter for vegan butter. Have you seen the ingredients on the back of vegan butter? Palm oil is such a problematic ingredient (not sure why then google it) and something I wouldn’t normally bring into my kitchen at all. I was totally unhappy with the choices I was making to produce this cake and when I sat back and analysed the situation I realised I was making the same mistakes a ton of people make when they first start free-from baking. I was thinking that with a just a few ingredients swaps I could turn a tried and true recipe into a successful free-from recipe. But it doesn’t always work like that. In making like-for-like swaps you will often be making compromises, in flavour, in texture and in this case, environmental. This is something I learnt the hard way when first baking gluten-free and now I’m learning it all over again with vegan baking.

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

I totally believe that for the most part vegan and gluten-free recipes should be built from the ground up (there are of course many exceptions). It does not always guarantee a successful recipe if you just substitute in vegan butter for regular butter or a gluten-free flour for regular flour. In hindsight I realised that instead of making a vegan buttercream for this vegan cake order what I should have been doing was to research another way of icing the cake, maybe using a cashew icing or coconut milk frosting. Both of which actually would have been delicious.

overhead shot of Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

I have got a long way to go in vegan baking but luckily I already have a few corking recipes up my sleeve to offer to vegan customers and friends and the one that is currently my favourite I am sharing with you today. I sell an awful lot of this particular Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf and I’m not surprised, it’s an amazing chocolate cake and holds its own even with non-vegans and wheat eaters. It’s so bold in flavour and texture; intensely chocolatey, moist from the bananas and flecked with chewy desiccated coconut. The slices of this cake cut up huge so it is not a dainty loaf. This is a cake you need when the chocolate craving hits hard, it will fuel you and treat you.

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

The hardest thing to replicate in vegan cakes are eggs. They provide many roles within the bake of your cake but the most important are to bind your cake together so it doesn’t fall apart and also to lift your cake so you’re not producing a pancake. My favourite way to substitute eggs in a cake is by using chia or flax eggs for the bind. This is basically chia or flaxseeds which have been mixed with water to create a sticky gel which you then just mix into the batter. For the cake to rise here I have opted for using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar which react with the coconut milk to lift the cake up.

On the gluten-free side of things I have used a three flour blend of white rice flour, oat flour and tapioca flour. I use this blend a lot in my chocolate recipes and find it works an absolute treat. However, I have been very mindful of late that I use a lot of gluten-free oat flour in my baked goods. This is because I love it, quite frankly, and I can eat it happily. However, I know for a lot of coeliacs and gluten intolerant that oat flour can be hard to handle. If you struggle with it then I recommend swapping it out for sorghum or teff flour. I have tested the recipe with each one and they are both lovely substitutes, it’s just I slightly prefer the version with oat flour.

slices of Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

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Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf on a wooden board

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf {gluten-free}

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Banana Loaf is a glorious gluten-free cake, intense with chocolate, chewy with coconut and beautifully moist from the banana.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate coconut banana cake, gluten-free chocolate banana cake, vegean chocolate banana cake
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 653kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 150 g white rice flour
  • 75 g oat flour
  • 50 g tapioca flour
  • 100 g desiccated coconut
  • 60 g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 bananas peeled and mashed, 300g
  • 300 g soft light brown sugar
  • 140 ml coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 125 g vegan chocolate
  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 70 g coconut flakes

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 9 inch loaf tin.
  • Make the chia egg by mixing the ground chia seeds in a small bowl with the 3 tablespoons of water. Place in the fridge and it should be ready to use by the time you get to that step.
  • Mix the flours in a large bowl with the desiccated coconut, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and set aside.
  • Pour the coconut milk and apple cider in a food mixer and beat until it's frothy, do not overbeat in case the coconut milk should separate.
  • Add the bananas, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and the chia egg and beat together until smooth.
  • Spoon one third of the flour mixture in and mix until smooth, then the next third then mix, then the next*.
  • Pour the cake batter into the loaf tin and smooth the surface.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean.
  • Turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool before adding the glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the vanilla) in a bain marie or a glass bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water and melt together.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Leave the glaze to thicken slightly until it is at a consistency where the glaze will cling to the cake rather than running straight off down the sides.
  • Pour over the surface of the cake then sprinkle over the coconut flakes.

Notes

*You add the flour in thirds to ensure an even mix.

Nutrition

Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 0.5% | Vitamin C: 4.3% | Calcium: 7.4% | Iron: 20.9%

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I have a few loaf tins but this Loaf Tin 2lb Alan Silverwood is my absolute favourite. It’s just a great size, slightly bigger than your average 2lb loaf tin so bear in mind for some recipes. It is made of anodised aluminium so conducts heat brilliantly, making the cake bake evenly all the way through. It’s really hard wearing and pretty much completely non-stick but has no coating. However because of the anodised aluminium you mustn’t put it in the dishwasher or it will ruin.

It’s quite difficult to find good quality vegan chocolate that’s also well priced. I buy Dairy Free Dark Belgian Cooking Chocolate 1kg Bittersweet 55% Cocoa and I really like it. The only small issue with it is that it does contain soy but if that isn’t one of the allergies you need to be concerned about then I highly recommend it.

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Oat flour can be picked up at most health food shops and if I run out that’s where I head to. However, like all alternative flours it can be expensive so I find the most economical way is to buy it online. I go through bags of the stuff as it’s the flour I use most regularly so I like to buy in bulk. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4) at a reasonable price. Even better if you go the subscribe and save option.

It’s not difficult to get hold of tapioca flour in the UK. You can often find 100g pots of Doves Farm Tapioca Flour in the supermarket but it’s quite costly and doesn’t give you very much. You can find more varied brands in health food shops in bags of about 500g. The cost depends entirely on the brand you purchase. My preferred brand is Bob’s Red Mill GF Tapioca Flour 500 g (Pack of 2) as it’s certifiably gluten-free and I order it through Amazon.

For the ground chia seeds I use Linwoods Milled Chia Seed, 200g which I love and you can get almost anywhere. I use ground chia seeds for my chia egg rather than whole chia seeds as I find it gels more effectively and quicker.

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Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts {gluten-free}

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts are light gluten-free chocolate sponges infused with peppermint. Crowned with a white chocolate peppermint ganache and frosted with crushed candy canes.

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts

Mint and Chocolate is possibly my favourite flavour combination. Minted Chocolate Brownies I think were my first ever posting on the blog. I’m sure you can find them somewhere here on this site but you’re going to have to get there yourself. They were not gluten-free and the photos are shocking. A Mint Aero was the first thing I ate after Cole was born and it was such a perfect treat that I made one was also packed in my hospital bag for Beau’s birth as well.

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts

For some reason the chocolate and mint combo is symbolic of the season which suits me fine. At the moment I am hooked on this Mint Hot Chocolate made with oat milk from Harris & Hoole. I don’t normally go into coffee shops that much as I don’t drink coffee and these places rarely do gluten-free cakes. But this Mint Hot Chocolate has my heart and I am finding it hard every time I go into Crouch End not to pick one up to go.

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts

So you can imagine that I am rather taken with these Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts as well. The chocolate sponge is gluten-free, made with a blend of white rice flour, teff flour and tapioca flour. Teff flour and chocolate go perfectly together, the caramelly notes of the teff providing the ideal backdrop. Peppermint is not only infused into the sponges but also in the white chocolate ganache poured over the top. The dusting of crushed candy canes then completes these intensely chocolatey cakes with such brightness.

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts

These mini bundt tins themselves are also a bit of a revelation. I grabbed them from TK Maxx at the end of last season at some ridiculously low price and have been looking forward to using them all year. For some reason they felt a bit Christmassy. The cakes took all of 20 minutes to bake to perfection in these and they are beautifully non-stick so the bundts literally fell out when I tipped them upside down. It was such a quick cooling time too and with the ganache taking about 5 minutes to prepare they are such a simple treat to whip up. So lovely to serve at a Christmas Party or maybe New Year if you are thinking that far ahead.

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts

If you make these Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts 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.

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts {gluten-free}

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundts are light gluten-free chocolate sponges infused with peppermint. Crowned with a white chocolate peppermint ganache and frosted with crushed candy canes.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: gluten-free peppermint chocolate cake, gluten-free peppermint chocolate cake recipe
Servings: 8 cakes
Calories: 667kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 110 g white rice flour
  • 80 g teff flour
  • 20 g tapioca flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 145 g unsalted butter
  • 120 g light brown sugar
  • 135 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 70 g dark chocolate melted and cooled
  • 145 ml whole milk
  • 145 ml hot coffee (145ml boiling water with 3/4 teaspoon coffee powder mixed in)

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache

  • 200 g white chocolate chopped
  • 125 ml whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 peppermint candy canes crushed

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 and grease mini bundt tins.
  • Sift together the flours, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the butter and the sugars for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time, then the peppermint extract. At this point the mixture usually looks curdled but don’t worry it will come back together.
  • Pour in the melted chocolate and mix until completely combined.
  • Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, adding the flour in three additions and the milk in two (begin and end with the flour), scrape down the sides of the bowls as needed.
  • Pour in the coffee and mix until just combined.
  • Pour into your prepared bundt tins and bake for 20 minutes.

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache

  • Place the white chocolate in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the whipping cream in a small saucepan, then just before it starts to boil remove from the heat.
  • Pour the whipping cream over the white chocolate and leave for 30 seconds for the chocolate to melt. Mix together until the chocolate has completely melted into the cream. Add the peppermint. You need the ganache to be nice and thick so it is barely pourable. If it’s too runny then place in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm a bit more.
  • Pour the ganache over the top of each bundt cake so it drips down the side.
  • Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top of each bundt.

Nutrition

Calories: 667kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 16.8% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 15.2% | Iron: 18.3%

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I can’t find the exact bundt tins I have anywhere but these 4PCS Bundt Pan Non-Stick Fluted Ring Cake Tin Mini Cake Pan Set Mould for Baking(4″) by LUFEIYA very similar. They come in a pack of four so I just baked the cakes in two batches.

I used yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Brown Teff Flour 1kg for this recipe as I really like the flavour. I also tested it with Doves Farm teff flour which worked just as well but it seems to be out of stock everywhere at the moment. I don’t know if they are stopping supplying it which is a shame as it was good value and it comes in small quantities. Bob’s Red Mill though is good too, just a little more expensive.

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Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce {gluten-free}

This Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce is a delightful alternative take on the Christmas Pudding. Still rich with fruit and spices but imbued with velvety pools of chocolate and the sharp sweetness of clementines.

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce

I hate to break it to you but this weekend is the last Sunday before advent. There is no denying it any more, Christmas will soon be upon us and in no time we’ll be scrabbling around on Christmas Eve desperately trying to wrap up all the stocking presents, brine the turkey and wrestle the children into bed.

Amid the present and meal prep chaos there is definitely one job you don’t want to be doing on Christmas Eve and that’s making a Christmas Pudding. Let’s face it if you haven’t made it by then it’s more than likely you’ll be swinging by Tesco before it closes hoping they haven’t sold out of all the gluten-free ones. There’s nothing like a homemade Christmas Pudding though. That’s why it’s best to get ahead and tradition decrees that the fifth sunday before Christmas is the ideal day for such a job. It’s Stir-Up Sunday people!

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce

Stir-Up Sunday harkens way back to Victorian times and gets its name from the opening of the book of common prayer which is read on the last Sunday before advent ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people’ It seems that the Victorians took the bible at its word and it soon became tradition to stir up your Christmas Pudding on that day too. And with good reason, it’s such a good idea to get it out of the way early doors. After its initial steam a Christmas Pudding can sit quite happily for weeks or even months and even tastes better the longer you leave it.

Christmas Pudding evokes such childhood nostalgia for me that a generous portion at Christmas is more than a delicious dessert, it’s like a transportation device to my past. I loved the Christmas Pudding our Auntie Lil always used to make us but I also have a fondness for the one we were served every year at school.

Christmas time at our school was magical. The whole school would sit at tables in the main dining hall, an ancient and creaking cavernous room, all wooden beams and pillars with a balcony high above surrounding the room where the older years would sit. Just after the Christmas Pudding was served the lights would be turned off so we were in pitch darkness. The room would fall silent, all 700 children, and a beautiful choral echo would be heard faintly from outside. As the singing grew stronger, our choral society would hover into the room, shrouded in capes, holding candles and singing haunting Latin carols. The memory of Christmas Pudding drowning in brandy sauce still in our mouths. Perhaps if we were lucky a faint metallic taste might be on our tongues as well which meant that we had been one of the hallowed few to have found a penny wrapped in foil in our serving. To be treasured indeed.

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce

My recipe for Traditional Christmas Pudding is usually the one I turn to every year and although I will never tire of it I fancied a change. So this Christmas I will be making this Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce and I could not be more excited to share it with my family, it’s utterly delicious.

What I love about this recipe that even though this pudding is beautifully chocolately it is still most definitely Christmas Pudding and the flavours marry together so well. The teff flour, which is the gluten-free flour I chose for this recipe works so beautifully in support of the chocolate. There is so much texture in this Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding, the molton puddles of chocolate chips give the pudding a softness, the dried fruit give a lovely chew with a final nobbly crunch from the nuts. And despite all the rich flavours going on, this Christmas Pudding is lighter than you think, it’s not stodgy at all. As long as you don’t let it sit after it has finished steaming and serve straightaway.

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce

The Cointreau Sauce is a nod to the brandy sauce we were always served at school and actually I think this may be my favourite accompaniment to the pudding. It’s adapted from a Delia Smith recipe for her Brandy Sauce and it is light and simple. The gentle flavour of the Cointreau Sauce lets the pudding speak for itself whilst providing the much needed sauce and a spicy after kick of Cointreau.

Also a little bit of advice on this recipe, I know we’re all about Stir-Up Sunday but since this recipe takes a couple of days to make you will probably want to start prepping on the Saturday. Stir-Up Saturday if you will. This means you can do the final bit of work and the big steam on the Sunday rather than the job bleeding into your working week.

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce

If you do fancy ringing in the changes with your Christmas pudding this year then I urge you to give this Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce a go, and if you do then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you use this recipe as a jumping off point for your own twist on the Christmas pud then I’d also love it if you’d share your version and tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce {gluten-free}

This Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce is a delightful alternative take on the Christmas Pudding
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate chip clementine pudding, clementine Christmas pudding, gluten-free clementine Christmas pudding recipe
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 563kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

Day One

  • 115 g sultanas
  • 115 g currants
  • 100 g dried cranberries
  • 20 g mixed peel
  • 40 g whole almonds chopped up
  • 1 grated bramley apple about 250g
  • juice and zest 2 clementines + 1 extra for decoration
  • 50 ml Cointreau

Day 2

  • 2 eggs
  • 80 g fresh shredded suet*
  • 125 g chocolate chips
  • 115 g light muscovado sugar
  • 80 g gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 80 g teff flour
  • 20 g tapioca flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cointreau Sauce

  • 40 g butter
  • 40 g sweet rice flour
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 40 g caster sugar
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix everything from the Day 1 list of ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate overnight.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients from Day 2 and stir together really well.
  • Butter a pudding basin, and slice the extra clementine, tucking the slices into the bottom of the basin.
  • Fill the pudding basin with the pudding mixture then prepare the basin for the steam.
  • Take a piece of greaseproof paper and lie a piece of foil on top, make a fold in the centre of both pieces which allows for more room for the steam to rise. Place these over the top of the pudding basin, with the foil on top, securing with string around the pudding. Trim off any excess paper and foil, you don't want them to hanging too low as otherwise they will soak up the water during the steam.
  • Place a wire rack (or a folded up tea towel) into a large lidded pot, deep enough to cover the pudding. Then place the pudding on top of the rack.
  • Fill the pot up with boiling water until halfway up the pudding. The water should not touch the greaseproof paper or foil otherwise they will soak it up and the pudding will go soggy. Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat on so the water is kept at a simmer.
  • Steam for four hours, checking the water level occasionally and topping up if necessary.
  • Remove the pudding from its pot then leave to cool. Once cool re-wrap the pudding in fresh greaseproof paper and foil and store in a cool dark place until Christmas Day.
  • On Christmas Day the puddings will need a final steam before serving so repeat steps 6 and 7. However your pudding will only need two hours this time.
  • Turn your pudding out onto a plate and serve with the Cointreau sauce.

Cointreau Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan then add the sweet rice flour.
  • Pour in the milk gradually and bring the sauce up to a gentle boil. Add the sugar and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the cream and bring the sauce to a low simmer.
  • Finally turn off heat and add the Cointreau. Serve hot with the Christmas pudding.

Notes

*It’s just not possible to buy gluten-free pre-packaged suet so do speak to your local butcher about obtaining fresh suet. It will come in a solid block which you will need to grate with a bit of gluten-free flour so that it can evenly disperse throughout the mincemeat.
Cointreau Sauce adapted from Delia Smith's Brandy Sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 9.9% | Vitamin C: 2.2% | Calcium: 15.8% | Iron: 12.5%

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I always use Callebaut Chocolate Dark 70.5 Percent Easi-Melt Buttons Callets 2.5 Kg in all my chocolate recipes. It comes in a big old bag but if you bake a lot then these chocolate pellets are simply delicious and so good to bake with.

There are a few brands of lovely teff flour that I like to use but for this Christmas Pudding I used yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Brown Teff Flour 1kg. It has a lovely taste and soft texture.

It’s not difficult to get hold of tapioca flour in the UK. You can often find 100g pots of Doves Farm Tapioca Flour in the supermarket but it’s quite costly and doesn’t give you very much. You can find more varied brands in health food shops in bags of about 500g. The cost depends entirely on the brand you purchase. My preferred brand is Bob’s Red Mill GF Tapioca Flour 500 g (Pack of 2) as it’s certifiably gluten-free and I order it through Amazon.

I love my Cornishware Blue and White Stripe Pudding Basin 1.1L 40oz which I use for all my steamed puddings, it’s so beautiful and sturdy and is about to really come into its own as I make my Christmas Pudding in the next couple of weeks.

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