Skip to main content

Cardamom And Lime Polenta Cake

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:
3oz polenta
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.

Enjoy!

Kay & Sime
xx

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nettles

Our garden yesterday. Tall Nettles TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now. This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower. ~ Edward Thomas ~ Every time we venture out to pick nettles, Sime always goes on about this poem! Anyway, thought I'd share with you the article I've written for next month's Parish Magazine... Our hedgerows are coming alive with food aplenty, but hardly anyone really notices the nettles that surround us, they grow quietly while using their juices to produce a medicine that can bring health. Anaemia, arthritis, rickets, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, colds, catarrh & lymphatic problems can all benefit from this wonderful wild & free super food. Nettles are ric

Diet And Drugs

Some of you know about my fight with Graves Disease, an auto immune system disorder, which causes an overactive thyroid. Since I was diagnosed 7 years ago, I have made it my business to know everything I possibly could about the condition & this has probably saved my life. I have blood tests on a regular basis & in November last year, I was told that my T4 levels are normal & again in January the same.  My thyroid stimulating hormone was finally starting to work too, after 7 years of lying dormant, so I suggested I came off the anti thyroid drug & my GP's response was to continue for a while longer. A month ago, I rang my GP & suggested again that I come off the drug or at least halve it, as I was feeling so well  & was concerned about the drug pushing me into being under active. Again, she said to be patient & they would send for me when it's time for a blood test. I don't normally do as I'm told, but decided to stick with it a b

Taking The Plunge

Life is set to change again for us. We have had a great time entertaining many B&B guests, but now have decided to stop & concentrate on the things that are far more important. Firstly, ourselves... Sharing our home with many strangers is quite exhausting & Sime in particular has worn himself out giving his all, something neither of us had really noticed until we stopped. Secondly, Bebe (Sime's mum) is going to be moving in with us... Her dementia is progressing, though the conditions she was continuing to live in were obviously not helping. We feel she has been let down by the social care support team, her carers seemed to be excellent on the surface, but in reality - she has been badly neglected. On our last visit, we found her flat in a terrible state. The cleaner had disappeared, her hairdresser had stopped going in & some of the carers didn't even bother to feed her! On top of all this, she has been phoning the police about her hot water &am