Banana bread: no egg, no gluten, no milk

Food-free banana bread

What do you do with three overripe bananas? You make banana bread, that’s what. But this is a banana bread that has no milk, no gluten and no eggs. A food free quickbread: a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free. You can even leave out the sugar, if you want to. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make.

Coffee butter cake

Coffee butter cake

Like any butter cake, this is a highly recommended cake for people who like normal, sweet butter cakes with that rich and oh-so-sweet buttery icing. So we added coffee, but you could just as easily add lemon, lavender or even chocolate.

Linseed crisps

Linseed crisps

Cooking for people who can’t eat grains, including wheat, can be a challenge when it comes to snacks and finger foods. It’s all very well to keep putting out those celery and carrot sticks on the table, but sometimes, you just want to do more for people. These linseed crisps do just that.

Almond-apple mini-muffins

Apple-almond mini-muffins

This one is for those who love muffins. It’s a simple mixture of almond, apple, egg and a few other ingredients to give a really delicious and moist muffin. As a bonus, it’s perfectly suited to those can’t tolerate gluten or any starch at all.

A sponge cake with rose petal jam and dusted with icing sugar

The successful sponge cake

This sponge cake is billed as a basic whisked sponge that’s easy to make, especially with an electric mixer. It’s true. It is easy, and it worked. if you have trouble with sponges, why not give this one last try? At least you can make trifle if it doesn’t work.

Grandma's jam drops in an original grandma buscuit tin

My grandma’s jam drops

My grandmother had a vast orchard, filled with dark plums. I’m sure there was more than one variety of tree, but it’s the dark blood plums I remember. And her dark plum jam, and her jam drops. This probably isn’t exactly the recipe my grandma used (the jam is rose petal jam for a start), but these jam drops match my memory of them perfectly: the shape, the size, the colour.

Coconut bundt cake, infused with a chocolate-coconut 'icing'

Coconut bundt cake

Here’s a new take on an old cake: a coconut ring cake cooked in a bundt cake tin. It’s also a really delicious cake with less sugar than you’d expect for a 2-cups-of-flour cake. The topping is a mixture of chocolate chips and coconut oil, soaked into the cake and dripping down the sides into the plate to create a delicious chocolate and coconut treat.

A food-free mini cupcake - no wheat, no dairy, no egg

Food-free chocolate cupcakes

‘Food free’ is a label we invented for a very restricted diet one of our relatives was forced to endure for a few months: no gluten, no egg, no dairy, no legumes, no nuts, no spices. It’s pretty limiting, especially if there’s a demand for, oh, a birthday cake for a child. We still have food…

Ginger cake with zing

A ginger cake with zing

This cake has a wonderful taste and texture. The ginger adds zing, the carrot and ginger pulp lends a substantialness to the cake without making it chewy or heavy. We took it to a morning tea on the weekend, and it was all gone within minutes. I’ve never seen a cake disappear so quickly.

The original banana bread

The original banana bread

We call this the original banana bread because it’s the one I’ve been making for years and years. It’s still popular everywhere we take it: parties, church teas, work morning teas, anywhere with lots of people. It’s at its softest and most crumbly while it’s still warm. It’s denser but still delicious the next day, and better suited to feeding a cast of thousands.

Excellent energy biscuits

Malar’s excellent energy biscuits

The search for healthy snacks has been part of our quest to avoid refined sugar. Malar’s healthy cookies—biscuits without egg, oil, butter or sugar—are an excellent and delicious energy biscuit that would be ideal for a mid-morning school snack, or they might be great for extra energy on the bushwalking trail. I’ve even been known to sneak a few for a pre-breakfast (followed up with fruit, of course), and they are indeed delicious.

Little lemon cake

Little lemon cake

The lemon in this cake lemon gives it a delicious tang that goes oh so well with a good cup of tea or coffee. The cake also rises fairly evenly, so it’s very easy to make a layer cake just by making two and sandwiching them together with whatever takes your fancy. But we usually just make a single cake, decorate it with dark chocolate chips, and cut the cake into 1-inch squares round each chip to give delicious little bit-sized serves.