On May 9th I was invited along to a #FreeFrom blogging event hosted at Morrisons in Colindale, North London to kick off Coeliac Awareness Week. It was such an amazing experience and nice to meet a lot of other bloggers and to see just how much effort Morrisons is putting in to providing freefrom products and improving the overall shopping experience for their customers.
Both Sarah (The Gluten Free Blogger) and Becky (Gluten Free Cuppa Tea) have done great write ups about the day and more of what was discussed here which are definitely worth checking out https://theglutenfreeblogger.com/2016/05/13/new-concept-for-the-free-from-aisle-at-morrisons/ and http://glutenfreecuppatea.co.uk/2016/05/13/the-morrisons-gluten-free-aisle-transformation/.
As we were leaving, we were handed a goody bag of freefrom goodies and mine contained some of the delicious Lazy Day Foods snacks, which are by far some of my favourite vegan friendly, and gluten free indulgences when I want a treat! We were also told that we would be expecting a mystery delivery of ingredients, which we have been challenged to make a recipe with… Roll on the recipe.
This was the box of goodies that arrived and straight away I knew what I wanted to make. I tried not to use too many additional ingredients but got to cooking right away – setting out to make a recipe free from gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar.
The Doves Farm range is definitely my favourite for flour, and buckwheat flour is something I hadn’t used before but know a lot about how good it is nutritionally as a high protein and fibre, gluten free flour.
Cardamom is something we use in raw cakes occasionally in the restaurant at Offbeet and the flavour is so punchy and delicious, I knew it would work well against some fresh lemon and blueberry flavours so I ground a few up in my little coffee and spice grinder.
I also had never tried the Coconut Dream range of milk. It tasted super creamy and I like the fact it is fortified with additional calcium and B-12, which is always wise to supplement in a vegan diet.
Honey is the only thing I still have in my diet that means I am technically not a vegan, however I think the health properties and natural sweetness found in honey is something worth keeping in my diet so I included it in the recipe too (however to keep it vegan this could be substituted for maple syrup or agave).
Once I had made my mixture, it went in the oven fingers crossed and BAM, the delicious smell of cardamom and lemon was everywhere in the house!
The texture was fluffy, moist and spongey. It really was cakey and delicious and when I worked out the nutrition discovering each one was only 147kcals and only 3g of fat I couldn’t wait to tuck in.
A few (over 30) pictures later and it was time to taste… I surprised myself haha! It was full of flavour from the poppy seeds and cardamom. The banana and blueberries meant it was moist and not crumbly in the slightest and getting the odd bite of lemon zest just finished it off for me.
There was 1 casualty where the blueberries all sank to one side and meant the base fell away. I was happy to eat one for the cause… All for research purposes right?
Thanks again to Morrisons for involving me in the event and keep your eyes peeled for the exciting changes that could be happening to a Morrisons store near you very soon!