Baking

Chocolate and Raspberry Dessert Cakes

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There are many foods to give up or cut back on in a low FODMAP diet.  I miss apples and occasionally have a little nibble of one that a little person in my house has taken a juicy bite from.  Avoiding onions is no longer a big deal for me and I don’t like their taste all that much anymore.  But when it comes to chocolate…let’s just say there are some foods that are worth any trouble they might cause.

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Muffin Bars

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I make a lot of muffins.  They’re quick to mix, take only a short time in the oven, and freeze well.  They make a tasty addition to a lunch box and when homemade, are a healthier alternative to other sweet treats available on supermarket shelves.

I like to try different flavour combinations but, as I’ve mentioned before, it can be a challenge to find one that everyone in our house likes.  My latest bake-up was flavoured with orange, carrot and a hint of ginger.

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Oatbran Muffins

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WOW!  Where did April go?  Does anyone else find it strange how time seems to speed up as the years pass by?  Memories of long summer days are still lingering for me, yet here we are quickly approaching the middle of the year.

Over the past month I have been kept busy with some catering jobs and I hope to bring you some of those low FODMAP recipes soon.  I have also been working towards having The low FODMAP cookbook published as an eBook; we’re getting close.  Add to these things three busy kids having lots of fun with sports and music lessons and friends…I guess that explains where April went.

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Country Rhubarb and Strawberry Cake

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Many years ago my family owned and ran a little coffee shop.  It was situated in a leafy suburb of Melbourne amongst a variety of other shops that, together, created a friendly little village; it was a nice break from today’s massive shopping centres/malls.  The focus of the menu was homemade food such as bread baked onsite, generously-sized scones served with King Island double cream, and of course good coffee.  My mum made some delicious cakes including a flourless chocolate and Lumberjack, but I think my favourite was the Country Apple Cake.

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Zucchini Slice

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Have you made Zucchini Slice before?  I used to make it often before shifting to a low FODMAP diet.  It was a bit of a standby dinner on Friday nights because it’s so quick to make, plus the leftovers were great for lunch over the weekend.  I did attempt a low FODMAP version in my early days on the diet, but the result was disappointing.  Substituting standard gluten free flour mix left me with a texture that was a bit mushy and I learned that this is one of those dishes that suffers when onion is left out.

I had all but left Zucchini Slice behind, resigning to accept it was one of those recipes that just didn’t convert well.  But when a reader sent me an email asking if I could come up with a low FODAMP version of Zucchini Slice I decided to have another go…

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Low FODMAP Muesli (Granola) Bars

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After a 2 week break the little people are back at school. We had plenty of fun with trips to the zoo, park and pool, a time to catch up and play with friends. Spring is my favourite time of year and I am just loving getting out for bike rides and taking the dog for a run at the park now that the air has lost its chill.

The routine of lunchboxes can become just that…routine and, dare I say, boring. I am always looking for something new to pack into the boxes. I often bake double batches of muffins to freeze for an easy morning tea. A while ago I came across a recipe for Scottish Oatcakes in an old Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook of Biscuits and Slices. I gave it a go and they were received pretty well as an afternoon snack. But as I do more often than not, I started thinking about how I could change the recipe into something new; a muesli bar.

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