Coconut Macaroons – Gluten Free

If you want to make something really delicious in a very short time, then these macaroons are the answer. You can make them in different shapes and sizes depending on the occasion but they never fail to please!

Just 3 simple ingredients (well four if you count the chocolate drizzle on top) and 10 minutes to put together with 18 in the oven. That’s it! The fact they’re gluten free is a bonus!

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Gluten Free Christmas Cake

I have another lovely fruit cake recipe here on cozebakes and I’ve used it for a Christmas Cake before. It’s very fruity and a lovely traditional fruit cake. It’s a 7″ square cake which can be cut to make 2 gift cakes or keep all for yourself!

This is a new recipe I tried and it’s also a lovely bake, probably a little spicier than the Fruit Cake and will work really well for a Christmas cake also. It makes an 8″ / 20cm round cake though I made it in a 6″ as requested and used the leftover for a mini trial cake. There has to be a cook’s treat!!

My advice? Read both recipes and decide which rings your bell. I can stand over both as delicious and impossible to tell the difference from a regular non gluten free cake. Here’s a link to the other recipe for you to check out: https://cozebakes.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/fruit-cake-gluten-free/

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Chocolate Courgette Cake

We all love something a little sweet with our morning or afternoon break or when we have friends over for Afternoon Tea or just because it’s a Sunday so why not include one of your required 5 a day in that cake?!

Adding courgette to this lovely light chocolate cake gives it added moistness as chocolate cakes can sometimes turn out a little dry. Spelt flour is used also for easier digestion and agave syrup for sweetness instead of refined sugar …. sure it’s positively healthy! 😉

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Halloween Surprise Cake

There are so many fun ways to bake at Halloween and this surprise cake featuring a hidden pumpkin is one of them.

There are 2 cakes to be made; one coloured and one plain. You need to plan ahead as they can’t be made at the same time. I tend to make my coloured one in the morning, get my jobs done and then get the second one made later in the day. It can be decorated the same or next day.

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Toffee Apple Cake

Ooooh where do I start??! It’s a delicious take on a traditional Toffee Apple and adding the toffee sauce just sends it into another dimension. A wonderfully moist and spicy cake which is surprisingly easy to make.

If you don’t like dates, don’t worry. You can’t taste them. They add moistness and that great sticky toffee flavour.

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Banana & Cranberry Gluten Free Muffins

These delicious muffins are perfect for an on the run breakfast or midday snack as they are low sugar and full of goodness. You can make them dairy free if you need to and I’ve put those options on the ingredients list.

I’ve used dried cranberries because they are a firm favourite in our house and they are sweet enough to greatly reduce the original sugar content in the recipe, but you can use other dried fruit options too. Pecans or walnuts would also be a great addition.

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Bakewell Cherry & Raspberry Buns

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I’m a sucker for Bakewell Tart, the combination of almonds and cherries will win with me every time! This is such a quick and easy alternative to the original tart recipe which still retains all the lovely bakewell traditional flavours. The only problem …. they are way too tasty but I work around that by eating one only and putting them away till the next time 😉

The recipe makes a dozen fairy bun sizes but you can use muffin cases too but will probably only get about 8. I used a mix of glace cherries and fresh raspberries with raspberry jam for the centres but you can decide what you would like based on what you have and your personal taste. I would recommend you give the cherries a good wash before using them to prevent them sinking.

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