We gave up using processed oil & margarine nearly 3 years ago, although we do still eat out & buy occasional vegan junk food, but it's not very often & when we do - we know about it!
Oil makes us both incredibly tired, so we avoid it as much as possible & don't use it in our cooking at all.
It was a fantastic revelation to discover we could cook without oil/processed fat & adapting our favourite recipes was easy. As time's gone on, our recipes have become far removed from the originals with more wholesome ingredients & flavour.
This recipe started out as a vegan, gluten free lemon polenta cake, complete with lashings of oil & caster sugar, now it's oil & sugar free too!
So here is our very easy to make (vegan, gluten free, oil free, sugar free) Cardamom & Lime Polenta Cake...
Mix the following dry ingredients together:
4 1/2 oz ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 oz dessicated coconut
2 heaped teaspoons ground linseeds
8 cardamom pods, remove pods & grind seeds
pinch of salt
Then whizz up the following wet ingredients (with either a hand blender or food processor)
6 oz chopped dates
6 oz puréed apple
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 1lime
Place in a medium bowl & gradually mix in the dry to the wet ingredients until it becomes like a moist cookie dough. Add a few splashes of plant milk if it's a bit dry.
Place into a shallow, greaseproof paper lined cake tin & cook on a medium heat (180C/350F/Gas 4) for about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to cool for at least 10 minutes & then remove the paper.
We mainly have the cake as it is, but for special occasions, or if you fancy something more sugary - the cake could be iced. Use 4 oz natural icing sugar, juice of half a lime, a teaspoon of creamed coconut melted in a dessert spoon of boiling water.
Kay & Sime