Lavender Poppy Loaf

Gluten Free Lavender Poppy Loaf
I posted this recipe over a year ago now and I decided it was time to give it a revamp in terms of ingredients as well as pictures. I hope you all love this new recipe, and give lavender a try!

Lavender has been one of my obsessions for many years now. My best friend worked at a bakeshop here in Montreal and often came home with leftover cupcakes from the day. On a Monday evening, she brought home a beautiful purple lavender cupcake and I was instantly hooked. Monday’s (only day they had lavender cupcakes) became a little brighter for me as I indulged in the buttery cake that smelled of perfume. Lovely lavender cakes became a birthday ritual for me but often resulted in bloated, uncomfortable evenings. So on this journey to clean eating, I have successfully recreated my favorite dessert. Although I missed the butter cream frosting, the addition of coconut flakes and poppy seeds made the loaf rich and flavourful.

This recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. Like all my recipes, it uses all natural ingredients. This was my first time using millet flour and I have to say, I was quite impressed. There was no unwanted “gluten-free” taste to be found, plus it has an incredible crumb-cake like texture! I highly recommend this flour for cakes and muffins.

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Serves 7-10

Ingredients:

• 1 and 1/2 cups millet flour (almond flour will work too!)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1 tbsp dried lavender + more for garnish
• 3 tsp. poppy seeds
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (divided)
• 1/2 cup coconut sugar or xylitol
• 1/2 tsp sea salt (or himalayan salt)
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 2 large eggs at room temperature
• 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup coconut oil (plus 1 tbsp for greasing pan)

 

Directions:

1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Grease loaf pan with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, add you your 1 tbsp lavender and coconut sugar. Process until the lavender has turned into a powder.

3.In a large bowl, combine the millet and coconut flour, coconut sugar, 1/4 cup coconut flakes, poppy seeds,, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until well blended.

4.In a medium bowl, add the almond milk, eggs, melted coconut oil and vanilla. Whisk until evenly combined. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, gently fold until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to even out the batter. Top with remaining coconut flakes and more lavender if you desire.

5. Bake, rotating halfway through, until the top is golden and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and then invert the cake onto a cooling rack and allow to finish cooling for another 30 minutes. Serve with fresh blueberries and tea!
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Rosemary Poppy Seed Crackers

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Its a lot easier to crack open a box of crackers and get snacking however, homemade crackers are an impressive fancy treat. These rosemary poppy seed crackers are an incredible addition to your table if you are having guests over. Instead of that predictable bottle of wine you bring to your friends, why not stack these up in a mason jar, or wrap in parchment paper with some twine. Gluten free, Paleo friendly and low carb, these almond and coconut flour crackers are tasty and filling. These crackers really call for a nice dip. I used my homemade hummus, but salsa and guacamole would be killer.

The biggest struggle I faced in making these crackers was pressing out the dough. The lack of gluten made the dough slightly crumbly (adding more water helps) and I couldn’t roll it out with my rolling pin. I left the dough in the fridge overnight which made it much easier to press out. I found my fingers were the best tool for pressing. Wet your fingers with ice cold water and press away until it is as thin as you can get them. If you prefer the crackers a bit softer (more like a bread) then leave the dough on the thicker side. If thats the case then you can also make this into a flatbread or pizza crust. Very versatile, enjoy everyone!
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Ingredients:

•1 1/2 cup almond meal
•1/2 cup coconut flour or all purpose gluten free flour
•1/4 cup nutritional yeast or parmesan (optional)
•2 eggs
•2 tbsp olive or coconut oil (liquid/melted)
•1 tsp sea salt
•2 tbsp dried rosemary
•4 tbsp poppy seeds
•4 tbsp water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line and grease a baking sheet (large or 2 medium) with parchment paper.

2. Combine all ingredients except the water then slowly add the water until you have a firm dough.

3. Place in the fridge for at least one hour or overnight.

4. Smooth dough onto a baking sheet using a spatula or your hands (dip hands in ice cold water to prevent sticking.)

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven. You want them to be a golden brown with crispy edges. Check on them at the 10 minute mark and then bake for longer if necessary. It took the full 15 minutes for mine. I cut mine into squares right from the oven and then let them cool. Once they cooled I broke them into crackers. For a more rustic look, let the crackers cool completely then break apart with your hands. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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