Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Alternative Breakfasts

Fed up of horrid over-priced GF cereal, stale bread or tasteless crackers for a quick breakfast?

The following recipes are all things you can make in advance and freeze/refrigerate. The bread/crackers/Farls can be reheated quickly in a toaster if you have a dedicated gluten-free toaster in your kitchen, or grilled. Muffins and bars I either defrost the day before in the fridge or microwave for 30 seconds on high.
  • Banana Pancakes 
  • Banana/Pineapple/Honey Muffins 
  • Banana bread 
  • Fruit 'n' nut energy bars 
  • Savoury crackers 
  • Potato Farls

Banana pancakes
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup corn starch
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
1/4 cup  oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups soya milk

Breakfast Muffins - HoneyPineappleBanana
1 small banana
1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 tsp xanthum gum
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1-2 tsps cinnamon

1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 big tbsps (1/4 cup) runny honey
3 tbsps maple syrup 

6 tbsps sugar
2 eggs, beaten
half tin of crushed pineapple

Mash the banana with a fork. Add all dry, then wet ingredients and mix well.  Spoon the batter into 12 silicone cupcake moulds (or 8 muffin moulds) and bake for 20-25 mins in a hot oven.  The tops should rise lots and be nicely browned.

Serve warm drizzled with honey (or if you want to eat them cold, sweeten before baking by adding 1/2 cup sugar to the batter mix).

Banana Bread

4 oz vegan margarine
5 oz sugar
3 bananas
1 egg
4 oz Brown rice flour
2 oz corn flour
2 tsp GF baking soda
1-2tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins

Cream the margarine and sugar together then add the egg and banana and mix well with a fork.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to form a thick batter.  Spoon the batter into a loaf tin and bake in a hot oven for 1-1/2 hours (until a skewer comes out clean).

Fruit 'n' Nut Energy Bars
Ideally, I'd find a substitute for the GF breakfast cereal in this recipe as they are so expensive, but as even a tasteless cereal will do in this recipe just buy whatever is cheapest.  I will try and adapt this recipe
4 big tbsps nut butter
4 big tsbsp honey
2 cups chopped fruit and nuts (e.g. apricots and almonds)
2 cups GF cereal (whatever is cheapest - and tasteless is fine for this recipe!)

Melt the honey and butter gently in a big pan. Take off the heat and stir in the fruit, nuts and cereal.  Press into a lipped baking sheet lined with baking parchment and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hrs to set.  Cut into bars and store in a tuperware in the fridge.

Potato Farls *updated recipe*
2 cups mashed potato
2 cups GF plain flour

Dry mash the potatoes, adding in  a little salt. Mix in the flour quickly and lightly knead. Roll into balls a little smaller than a tennis ball and flatten using a tortilla press. In a non-stick pan, dry fry each round patty for about 2 mins each side until browned and then cut into triangles.

Serve hot, buttered with margarine and your favourite topping (e.g. smoked salmon, ham, parma ham, scrambled egg etc).