Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue

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desserts | April 21, 2017 | By

Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue

This little blackcurrant party on a plate is dairy free, egg free, nut free and gluten free :).  If gluten is ok in your house, just swap the cake for any traditional vanilla cake or sponge which suit your allergies.  I have used the delicious blackcurrant powder from Sujon.  It is a significant undertaking in full, awesome if you want a fancy dessert, but any of the items on it’s own is also fab!  My favourite part is the meringues, they are white with flecks of blackcurrant on the outside, but when you break them open, that are a beautiful purple inside and bursting with blackcurrant flavour.

Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue

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Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

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baking, desserts | April 3, 2017 | By

Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

These Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies were made using the super yummy chocolate mix from Hunter Gatherer Gourmet, but I have included a recipe for my own chocolate brownies (recipe here) if you aren’t able to source this or can’t tolerate nuts.  It is layered up with a soft strawberry flavoured ‘cream’.  It does set firm in the fridge if you want a more structured look, but I love the soft, gloopy, chocolate-strawberry mish-mash.

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Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

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desserts | February 19, 2017 | By

Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

You may have seen a pretty delicious looking Plum Cheesecake circulating around social media lately, which has had me drooling…..only catch is, it is absolutely laden with no-go ingredients for our house.  So this Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake has been sitting in the back of my mind ready for a remake….we just so happened to have a big BBQ/party to go to this weekend so I had a bit of an experiment.  The first attempt was really good, I made it again the next night.  It is honestly REALLY yummy!  I didn’t tell anyone else at the party that it was allergy-friendly (other than the hosts who know our situation) and had a bit of a laugh to myself as I watched everyone diving into it.  

Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

This version features a ginger biscuit base, which can easily be adapted to make this recipe gluten free.  I have two children who are fine with wheat and one who absolutely cannot, so I ended up just making it normally then scooping the top section off for my gluten free kid.  Obviously if you are dealing with Coeliac Disease or are really concerned with cross contamination this wouldn’t be wise.  If I was making this gluten free, I would probably just buy the gluten free ginger biscuits and proceed normally, but if you would rather make the base, there are shortbread recipes on here using gluten free flour which you could just add ginger to.

Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

The middle section is like a cross between a fruit mousse and a chilled cheesecake.  It has tofu and Italian meringue made from chickpea brine…don’t let this put you off if you are new to these ingredients….you honestly cannot taste them in the finished product.  Then it has a sour jelly topping which kind of ties all the layers together and helps the dessert not taste too sweet.  

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Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Sticky Date Pudding

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desserts | January 8, 2017 | By

I’ve loved Sticky Date Pudding since forever and I happened to have some dates leftover from a Wedding Cake I’m making so thought I’d have a bash at making this Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Sticky Date Pudding since my youngest REALLY loves cake.  And dates.  It went down a treat with some lovely visitors I had today and the two kids that can eat it in my house both love it.  The eldest mostly because she has some weird infatuation with anything caramel.

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Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Soy and Nut Free Lemon Meringue ‘Pie’

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desserts | August 23, 2016 | By

This Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Soy and Nut Free Lemon Meringue ‘Pie’ came about because I was kind enough to be given some amazing organic goodies with fruit and vegetables from Just Organic here in Christchurch, New Zealand (don’t worry…they deliver nationwide) to review, and I was completely inspired by the intense taste of the fruit.  It sounds so corny, but I think there is just something about fruit and vegetables that have come from a place of love…they honestly do taste better!

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Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade

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desserts | June 30, 2016 | By

This Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade is also Vegan and Nut Free and contains an option for making it gluten free at the bottom of this post 🙂
You may have noticed already, but chocolate and cherries are pretty much my favourite combination ever…so this Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade was really just another excuse to make something yummy and a bit naughty to indulge in!  In my defence, I did take some in to the teachers at school who had two days of student-led interviews 🙂  I also really love taking classic dishes and making them a bit more allergy friendly in some way and changing them up a bit….I think Black Forest Cake was one of my first dishes I made before being a proper chef so I have fond memories of it now 🙂  I’ve changed it a bit by adding chocolate mousse to the inside as I’m a die-hard chocolate lover!  I also used freeze dried cherries from Fresh As on the top (I’m pretty much addicted to their freeze dried fruit..and I found this at New World the other day so was the perfect excuse to open it) but you could just use the sour cherries in juice 🙂

Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade

Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade
Serves 8
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
526 calories
85 g
1 g
19 g
9 g
11 g
144 g
7 g
69 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
144g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526
Calories from Fat 164
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
29%
Saturated Fat 11g
57%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 85g
28%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 69g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
27%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Sponge
  1. 1 tin chickpeas in brine
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  4. 3/4 cup flour
  5. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Mousse
  1. 1 jar chickpeas in brine (alternatively, use 140g egg white)
  2. 1x 300g pack of FIRM tofu
  3. 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated for at least 24 hours
  4. 250 g melted dairy free chocolate
  5. 280g white sugar
  6. 1 jar sour cherries in syrup
  7. 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  8. 1 T icing sugar
  9. extra chocolate and cherries for decorating
Sponge
  1. 1. Drain the liquid from the chickpeas (you can freeze the chickpeas for use later) and place in a cake mixer. Whisk at high speed until thick, fluffy and white.
  2. 2. Gradually add the sugar and whisk for a further 4 minutes.
  3. 3. Melt the coconut oil.
  4. 4. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder together. (I do this three times usually)
  5. 5. Add the flour mix in 3 batches, as lightly as possible! I use my hands to fold it in really gently. It doesn't need to be fully incorporated before adding the next batch. The mix will collapse if you are too heavy handed with it. When you add the third batch of flour, add the coconut oil at the same time.
  6. 6. Spread onto a flat tray lined with baking paper.
  7. 7. Bake at 180 degrees until just cooked, about 6 minutes.
  8. 8. Lay some baking paper out on the bench, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and tip the cake over onto it. Remove the paper it is attached to straight away and cover with a clean tea towel.
Mousse
  1. 1. Cut the tofu roughly and place in a strainer over a bowl. Leave to dry out at room temperature for 2 hours at least. This helps achieve a smooth consistency.
  2. 2. Scoop the thick part of both tins of coconut cream off (you can use the liquid for smoothies) and whip until consistency of whipped cream. Split in half, reserving one half for assembling the roll. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 3. Place the tofu in a food processor and blend until very smooth.
  4. 4. Strain the brine off the can of chickpeas (reserve the chickpeas for salads) and place in the bowl of a cake mixer on high speed. Simultaneously put the sugar in a pot with 1/4 cup water and bring to the boil. Boil for another 2 minutes.
  5. 5. When the chickpea liquid (this is called aquafaba) is thick and white, slowly pour in the hot sugar syrup. Keep beating until cool, shiny and very white (about 10 minutes). Split the mix in half and reserve one half for another use. I bake mine into meringues at 50 degrees Celsius for 2 hours. (you can try to make half, but my cake mixer bowl doesn't whisk a half mix properly)
  6. 6. Place a spoonful of the chickpea mix into the melted chocolate and whisk quickly. Whisk together the chocolate, the tofu, the cream and the remaining chickpea mix as quickly, but gently, as possible.
To assemble
  1. Spread the chocolate mousse over the sponge followed by a layer of whipped coconut cream. Add cherries to the edge closest to you (this will end up in the middle). Roll up tightly, wrap in the baking paper and refrigerate for at least an hour. Cover the roll in chocolate mousse and the whipped coconut cream, then decorate with chocolate shavings and cherries.
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fat
19g
protein
9g
carbs
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Note: This vegan Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade can also be made gluten free by substituting a gluten free flour mix for the plain flour in the sponge. I have done this and I use a combination of quinoa flour, cassava flour, green banana, rice flour and coconut flour. My daughter is allergic to standard gf mixes which is why I use this combination but I’m pretty sure any combination would work fine 🙂

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Dairy and Egg Free Tropical Fruit Crepes

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desserts | June 25, 2016 | By

These Dairy and Egg Free Tropical Fruit Crepes use Annies fruit pieces, but you could easily substitute any fruit you want, such as raspberries, strawberries or roasted stone fruit.  It does contain soy in the mousse, but it would be fine with just whipped cream or coconut cream if you have soy allergies.

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Allergy Free Banoffee Pie

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desserts | June 10, 2016 | By

This Allergy Free Banoffee Pie is dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free and soy free.  And coincidentally incredibly delicious.  It also happens to be super sweet and rich so not for the faint-hearted!  

Allergy Free Banoffee Pie

It features layers of a sticky, oozy, delicious caramel made from coconut condensed milk, vanilla whipped coconut cream, shaved chocolate, bananas and a gluten free coconut crumb.  It is also ridiculously easy to make  and can be made in advance 🙂  Big thanks to VCO Natural for the coconut oil I used in this recipe.

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Vegan Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake

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desserts | May 19, 2016 | By

This Vegan Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake is dairy free, gluten free, egg free and nut free, but definitely not flavour free!  I love the combo of chocolate and cherries, and the crunchy gluten free base just makes it even better 🙂  It is pretty rich though, which is all good for me, but others may just want a very small slice!

vegan chocolate cherry mousse cake

Vegan Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake
Serves 12
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free
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Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
530 calories
82 g
1 g
19 g
8 g
12 g
166 g
9 g
52 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
166g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 530
Calories from Fat 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 12g
61%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 9mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 82g
27%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 52g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
20%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Base
  1. 1 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  2. 1 1/2 cups Gluten Free rice bubbles/crispies
  3. 2 T coconut oil
  4. 130g dairy free chocolate (I use Whittakers)
Mousse
  1. 1 jar chickpeas in brine (alternatively, use 140g egg white)
  2. 1x 300g pack of FIRM tofu
  3. 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated for at least 24 hours
  4. 250 g melted dairy free chocolate
  5. 280g white sugar
Cherry filling
  1. 1x 340g jar sour morello cherries
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 heaped teaspoon gluten free cornflour
  4. 2 T brandy if desired
ganache topping
  1. 125g coconut cream/milk substitute
  2. 125g chopped dairy free chocolate
Base
  1. 1. Melt the coconut oil and chocolate together.
  2. 2. Mix all the ingredients together then place in a round spring form tin lined with baking paper. Refrigerate until set.
Cherries
  1. 1. Drain the liquid off the cherries and place into a pot with the sugar. Bring to the boil and cook for a further 5 minutes. It should be starting to look quite syrupy. If not, cook for another few minutes.
  2. 2. Mix the cornflour with 2 T cold water. Whisk into the boiling syrup and stir well.
  3. 3. Add the cherries to the syrup and boil for another 2 minutes. Cool completely.
Filling
  1. 1. Cut the tofu roughly and place in a strainer over a bowl. Leave to dry out at room temperature for 2 hours at least. This helps achieve a smooth consistency.
  2. 2. Scoop the thick part of the coconut cream off (you can use the liquid for smoothies) and whip until consistency of whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 3. Place the tofu in a food processor and blend until very smooth.
  4. 4. Strain the brine off the can of chickpeas (reserve the chickpeas for salads) and place in the bowl of a cake mixer on high speed. Simultaneously put the sugar in a pot with 1/4 cup water and bring to the boil. Boil for another 2 minutes.
  5. 5. When the chickpea liquid (this is called aquafaba) is thick and white, slowly pour in the hot sugar syrup. Keep beating until cool, shiny and very white (about 10 minutes). Split the mix in half and reserve one half for another use. I bake mine into meringues at 50 degrees Celsius for 2 hours. (you can try to make half, but my cake mixer bowl doesn't whisk a half mix properly)
  6. 6. Place a spoonful of the chickpea mix into the melted chocolate and whisk quickly. Whisk together the chocolate, the tofu, the cream and the remaining chickpea mix as quickly, but gently, as possible.
  7. 7. Pour half the mix over the base. Make an indentation in the middle and place the cherries over the top. Pour over the remaining mix and smooth over with a spatula. Refrigerate until set.
Ganache topping
  1. 1. Bring the cream/milk to the boil and pour over the chopped chocolate. Cover with cling film for 2 minutes, then whisk until it comes together.
  2. 2. Pour over the filling and spread with a palette knife or spatula. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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fat
19g
protein
8g
carbs
82g
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blended tofu

aquafaba

aquafaba ready for using

whipped coconut cream

vegan chocolate cherry mousse cake

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel with toasted marshmallow

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desserts | April 12, 2016 | By

This dairy, egg, nut,soy and gluten free recipe for Vegan Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel with toasted marshmallow pretty much ticks all boxes for me!  It has taken a few days of adjusting to get just right but I’m pretty confident you will love it as much as me and my girls 🙂Vegan Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel with toasted marshmallow IMG_3444

 

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