Bird seed loaf

While I like to think that the recipes on this blog are “my own”, rarely is this truly the case.  Recipes travel like all good ideas – and as they do so they are moulded, shaped and altered to suit the needs of the user.   Like most cooks, I get ideas from other recipes and dishes sampled, then I add my spin to it.  This recipe has none of “my spin”  however – it comes directly from my favourite food blog “Not quite Nigella”!  With no wheat, eggs or dairy, it also can be used almost universally – always a bonus in this increasingly food conscious world.  Above all, it is absolutely delicious.  Serve as is or toasted, with anything you would normally have with bread,  Thanks Not quite Nigella – this is now a staple in my household!

Time to make: 25 minutes preparation + 35 minutes cooking
Makes: 1 medium loaf
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Gluten free blueberry muffins

This version of blueberry muffins uses brown rice flour and ground almonds instead of wheat flour.   I personally love using alternative flours to wheat flour and think that the results are often better. They can be healthier too as gluten free flours do not require as much fat and sugar to tenderise.  These muffins are light and very delicious – served warm they just melt in the mouth!

Makes 12 medium muffins
Time to make 30 minutes

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Spinach, feta and carrot muffins

Spinach, feta and carrot muffins
The recipe for these muffins came originally from a cool friend Gwendol (thanks Gwendol!).  The recipe may have changed a bit but it is still just as moreish.  It works well as a gluten free version also – simply substitute gluten free flour plus 3 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder for the self-raising flour.
Makes 12 standard muffins or 24 mini muffins
Time to make 35minutes

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Chilli chocolate brownies

Chilli chocolate brownies
My love of Lindt chilli chocolate inspired these brownies. If you enjoy chilli with your chocolate you will enjoy these.  I used apple puree and gluten free flour which made them moist, sticky and moreish without the need for butter. Using regular self-raising flour instead of gluten free flour works well also.
Makes 20 small brownies
Time to make 45 minutes

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