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Sweet Plum Cake – Vegan Gluten Free

By |December 5th, 2013|

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I love this healthy gluten free, dairy free and egg free cake. For me it is also important that there are no unhealthy sugars and any healthy sugars be  in small quantities. Being vegan is important to me. This is why I create recipes like the one below.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

 2 cups fresh prune plums + 1/2 cup sliced plums for top
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea flour
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup Potato flour
1/4 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of plums into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle plums with ginger.

5. Slice 1/2 cup plums into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped plums to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with plums.

13. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

Note: If you are considering going gluten free

  1. Read: Can a Gluten Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?

  2. Listen to a Healthy & Gluten Free Baking Radio Interview with Diana

  3. Learn how to make sinfully delicious gluten free treats and desserts that are still healthy for you. Health GF Baking Training 

  4. Read 11 Gluten Free Grains to learn some of the alternatives and their many benefits.
  5. Check out: Diana’s Gluten Free Recipes Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletters for the latest recipes.
  6. Consider doing one of my Healthy Online Courses. All of the recipes for the courses are gluten free.

How to Select, Store and Prepare Plums

By |December 4th, 2013|

How to select, store and prepare plums

Plums are at their best between May until September but are available year round.

Look for fresh fruits featuring rich colour and have a slight whitish covering; this means they have not been over handled. A ripe plum will yield to gentle pressure and have a sweet aroma. Do not buy plums that are soft, or with bruises. Also, avoid excessively hard plums as they are immature and will not develop a good taste.

You can ripen slightly hard mature plums at room temperature. Best to eat ripe ones or keep them in the refrigerator till eating.  Before eating take them out of the refrigerator to get to room temperature to enjoy their rich flavour.

Keep unripe plums in a fruit bowl at room temperature. They do ripen quickly, so keep an eye on them in the next day or two to make sure they do not over ripen. You can freeze plums but for best taste remove their stone pits first.

Fully ripened plums contain the most antioxidants and in fact when the fruits fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, their antioxidant levels actually increase. – University of Innsbruck in Austria Research.

Always wash plums in cold running water just before eating and eat fresh ripe plums with skin.  The skin provides fibre and contains some anti-oxidant pigments.

Dried plums in general known as prunes are added to muffins, puddings and cakes.

Plum Recipes:

Plum Crumble