I’d imagine this would be a perfect hangover cure.
Not that I’d know of course. It’s not that I went to a slightly seedy half eighties/half modern music club last night, where vodka and lemonades were £1 each, that I had a brilliant night, six hours’ sleep then went up the yard, tottering round in my heels because I’d forgotten to take my boots to my friend’s house.
Of course not. But I’d imagine that if anyone had done that, banana porridge with flax seed would be a good hangover cure. Just a thought.
It’s all been a bit busy the last few days; I went to a second-hand horsey stuff sale with my friend on Friday evening and a talk my dad was giving to the local history society on Thursday night. So rock and roll. In the meantimes, it’s been lots of riding Inka.
There’s also been baking; a cake for the farm shop, one for the cafe for next week and one for a lady at work’s birthday for tomorrow:
I know that’s just the latest in the long line of carrot-related creations but it wasn’t intended. I started making one of these, patting myself on the back for using some hazelnuts I’d found lurking in the cupboard. But as I was just about to put it into the tins, I had a taste – and it was revoltingly bitter. Looking at the empty hazelnut packet, I found they’d gone out of date in March. 2009. Oops.
By then, I’d run out of eggs but I did have carrots, flax and apples… so honestly, it wasn’t my fault another carrot cake created itself :-)
But I also made something else.
Something I’ve mentioned a couple of times in the last couple of months.
Something gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan:
Banoffee pie! Possibly my favourite pudding of all time. The one I had at the magic night was so good, I was determined to make an allergen-free version. And here it is.
2tbsp maple syrup
1tbsp apple puree
1tbsp almond butter
1tbsp ground flax seed
3tbsp warm water.
1tsp lemon juice
4tbsp maple syrup
1tbsp coconut oil, melted
6tbsp coconut cream
2 medium bananas
Preheat oven to 150C and line a small baking tin. I used an 8×8 one but it didn’t quite fill it, as you can see below. Four mini pie tins would be great, I reckon, for individual servings. Mix the flax seed with the warm water and set aside.
Mix oats, apple, almond butter and syrup, then add flax once it’s absorbed the water and mix till well combined. Dollop into the tin and smooth out. Bake for 25-30 minutes till browned on the outside. It won’t feel too hard in the middle but will crisp as it cools.
Cover the dates in water, with the lemon juice in it and leave for at least half an hour. Then squeeze out the dates as much as possible and blend in a food processor with the maple syrup and coconut oil till as smooth as possible. Taste the caramel and stand awestruck at the deliciousness you’ve just created.
Smooth what remains of the caramel on to the cooled base and refrigerate. I actually left mine about 24 hours because I had to go out but a couple of hours should do it; the caramel sets and is even more delicious than previously :-)
At the same time, whip the coconut cream. I used my hand blender with the whipping blade, then switched to the blending blade and mixed in one of the bananas. Leave the topping in the fridge for the same length of time.
When ready to serve, slice the other banana and layer the pieces on the caramel.
Then dollop the cream on top. It’s runnier than a “normal” banoffee pie - but none the worse for that!
For a recipe that was a real case of “wing it and see what happens”, I’m really pleased with this! I based the crust on my granola, adding the flax to try and stop it being too brittle, but wasn’t sure it’d work – but it really did. I prefer banoffee pie without too much whipped stuff on top so I thought blending that with the banana would not only be better, it would keep the coconut milk thick enough to act as the topping, which seemed to work. I’d also like to experiment with a raw date/nut crust, which I imagine would go brilliantly with the topping – but this was delicious as it was.
Sprinkling grated chocolate or cocoa powder in the top may be poncy – but it looks good. And it tastes good. Crunch/caramel/banana/coconut/chocolate?! Mmmmmm…. :-)
And as it’s gluten-free, vegan and relatively “healthy” (it ain’t by any means lacking in calories and fat but it’s natural sweetness and “good” fat), I’m submitting it to this Wellness Weekend at Diet Dessert and Dogs, where the original genius caramel recipe came from… go and check out the other great creations submitted!
Have you tried banoffee pie – and do you like it?