Apple and banana cupcakes

Vegan and gluten free

The texture is really good and these are so easy.

Ingredients

  • 115g/half cup dairy free butter
  • 250g/2 cups gluten free self raising flour (sieved)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g/half cup caster sugar
  • 60ml/4 tbsp dairy free milk
  • 1 banana – well ripe and mashed
  • 1 eating apple – grated

Method 

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add flour and baking powder.
  • Once combined add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Spoon into bun. Should make 12 muffins.
  • Baked at 180C for 20 minutes

Alternatives

  • Replace apple with cup of raspberries /strawberries/blueberries
  • If you are using cooking apples, you’ll need to increase sugar.
  • Replace 30g flour with 30g of cocoa powder
  • Add cup of chocolate chips

Stork margarine is vegan and gluten free. Great for baking.

Stork margarine

Moist apple muffins

****Dairy free, soya free, egg free and gluten free ***

Really moist buns

** Ingredients **

1 cooking apple – finely chopped

30ml/2 tblsp golden syrup/maple syrup/honey

80ml/third of a cup of milk (any alternative milk)

60ml/quarter cup of any flavourless oil

125ml/half cup yogurt

180g/1&half cup self raising gluten free flour

1 tsp baking powder

** Method **

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Whisk the syrup, milk, oil and yogurt together. (This is an important step)
  • Add to the flour and baking powder.
  • Mix well but don’t over mix.
  • Fold in the fruit.
  • Get into oven as quickly as possible.
  • Put in bun cases, should make 10 muffins and bake for 20 minutes.

Alternatives
– Add 50g strawberries

– Add 50g blueberries

– Add 50g dairy free chocolate

– Add 50g grated carrot

– Replace 50g of the flour with cocoa powder

Golden syrup
A question regularly asked is what is golden syrup? The following information is taken directly from Wikipedia.
Golden syrup or light treacle is a thick amber-coloured form of inverted sugar syrup made in the process of refining sugar cane or sugar beet juice into sugar, or by treatment of a sugar solution with acid. It is used in a variety of baking recipes and desserts. It has an appearance similar to honey and is often used as a substitute where honey is unavailable or prohibitively expensive.
It is not to be confused with amber corn syrup or amber refined sugar. Regular molasses, or dark treacle, has both a richer colour and a strong, distinctive flavour.
A common brand used is Lyle Golden Syrup.

Apple Squares

Apple dessert

*** Dairy free, soya free, egg free and gluten free ***

These freeze well and store in freezer for up to 3 months.

Ingredients
200g self raising gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g sugar
50ml flavourless oil (sunflower oil, vegetable oil, rapeseed oil)
160ml milk (any alternative milk)
15ml/1 tbsp/20g golden syrup
1 tsp cider vinegar

1 medium cooking apple

Method

  • Line a 200mm x 200mm baking tray with parchment/greaseproof paper.
  • Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius

Sponge layer

  • Mix all dry ingredients
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Apple layer

  • Slice apples thinly and layer on tray.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the apples.
  • Pour sponge mix over the apple mix and put into oven as quickly as possible and bake for 22/25 minutes.

Simple apple cake

Simple apple cake***Dairy free, Soya free, egg free and gluten free ***

Ingredients

200g/2 cups self raising flour (I use gluten free self raising flour)

1 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon

100g/ half cup caster sugar

120g/half cup&1 tbsp melted butter or oil

125ml/half cup milk (I use rice milk)

1 cooking apple – these are sourer that eating apples

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcuis
  • Mix all the ingredients together except the apple. Make sure they are well combined. Add extra milk if it’s not fully coming together.
  • Peel and slice the apple and fold into the cake mix.
  • Put in lined loaf tin and bake for 40/45 minutes.

Alternatives

  • If using eating apple, use half the amount of sugar.
  • Makes 10 muffins, bake for 20 minutes.
  • Add 50g of raisins or 50g of chocolate chips

Brownies – no added sugar

*** Sugar free brownies ***
Dairy free, egg free and gluten free and sugar free

Ingredients

100g Sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
2 apples (peeled and chopped)
120g flour (I use gluten free flour, any flour will work)
30g cocoa powder
50g nut butter
20g dairy free butter

Method
• Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
• Boil the sweet potato and apples until soft and remove most of the water but leave about 2 tbsp of the water in the pot.
• Add the butters and let them melt.
• Puree with hand blender.
• Mix in the flour and cocoa powder, mix well. Put in baking tin but do not flattened down.
• Bake in oven for 25 minutes.

Alternatives

  • Add 50g dried raisins/dried fruit/dairy free chocolate chips add after flour & cocoa.
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup/honey/maple syrup, add with the butter
  • Add 50g chopped hazelnuts, add with the flour

Banana and apple scones

*** Banana and apple Scones ***
Dairy free, egg free, gluten free and no added sugar

Extremely easy

Ingredients

200g gluten free flour
100g Dairy free butter
2 ripen bananas (well mashed)

1 apple grated
1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Method
• Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
• Rub the butter into the flour and cinnamon.
• Add the mashed bananas and grated apple and mix well.
• Roll out on a floured surface and cut with cutter.
• Bake for around 20 minutes.

Pancakes – vegan

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*** Simple egg free and dairy free pancakes ***

Can easily be made gluten free too.

Ingredients

1 cup/180g of any flour
1 cup/240ml of milk (any milk will work)
A banana or cup of apple puree
1 tablespoon of oil

Method

  • Mix the flour, milk and oil together.
  • Mash the banana/apple puree and add to mixture and mix well.
  • Best to use either an electric mixer or blender otherwise you will end up with lumps of banana.
  • Fry on a hot frying pan using either df butter or df margarine.

Alternatives

  • For thickener/fluffier pancakes use self raising flour and fry on a medium heat until golden brown.
  • The crepe/thinner pancakes are really nice using buckwheat flour.
  • Instead of the banana or apple use a tablespoon of milled flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of hot water.
  • Add chocolate chips or cocoa powder for chocolate pancakes

Apple muffins

*** Dairy free, soya free, egg free and gluten free ***

Really moist buns

*** Ingredients ***

125ml golden syrup
80ml milk (any alternative milk)
60ml flavourless oil (sunflower oil, vegetable oil, rapeseed oil)
125ml yogurt (I use koko yogurt)
180g self raising flour (I use gluten free self raising flour)
1 tsp baking powder

1 medium cooking apple

** Method **

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Whisk the golden syrup, milk, oil and yogurt together.
  • Add to the flour and baking powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Slice/finely chop the apple and fold into mixture
  • Put in bun cases and bake for 18/20 minutes. The recipe makes 10 muffins.

These freeze well and an easy snack.

Golden syrup
A question regularly asked is what is golden syrup? The following information is taken directly from Wikipedia.
Golden syrup or light treacle is a thick amber-coloured form of inverted sugar syrup made in the process of refining sugar cane or sugar beet juice into sugar, or by treatment of a sugar solution with acid. It is used in a variety of baking recipes and desserts. It has an appearance similar to honey and is often used as a substitute where honey is unavailable or prohibitively expensive.
It is not to be confused with amber corn syrup or amber refined sugar. Regular molasses, or dark treacle, has both a richer colour and a strong, distinctive flavour.
A common brand used is Lyle Golden Syrup.