Easy Gluten Free Nut Loaf8
I love a good “loaf-style” gluten free cake that strikes a satisfying balance between savoury and sweet, and still feels decadent enough to hit the spot when you want a treat with a beautiful cup of tea. I don’t know what it is about nut and seed loaves, but I never feel quite so naughty enjoying more than one slice at a time. In fact, recently, two friends and I devoured this whole gluten-free nut loaf in one sitting! Sad, but true. What can I say? We got a bit nutty and it brought out the little pigs in all of us. Nut loaves are like gluten free banana bread for me -- they are dead easy, absolutely delicious, and not too naughty!
There are countless different gluten-free nut loaf recipes out there. But this simple little recipe remains a staple in my “Quick! What do I whip up for the surprise drop-in guest” repertoire. This easy nut loaf is a fantastic last minute saver. If you are looking for quick easy mixer recipes or food processor recipes this one is a winner. I remembered this little treat when I was in this exact situation last week when Katie and Nat, two friends from out of town, landed on my door step to surprise me. They greeted me at the door with a bunch of flowers, two spatulas in hand, and a hopeful “What are you cooking good looking?’ Well after that warm, and somewhat suggestive introduction, I had to step up and not come to the table empty handed. Fortunately, these two girls have no problem rolling up their sleeves; blending and tasting; and even washing up! Those are the kind of surprise dinner guests we love!
So we spent the next few hours standing around the kitchen; gossiping and catching up; raiding the pantry; and whipping up some yummy, and what we affectionately called “desperate” gluten free treats! You can throw this easy gluten-free nut loaf together while you are chatting away in the kitchen, and be enjoying a cup of tea and getting nutty in just over an hour. The great thing about this loaf cake is that it is not sweet. It is like a goldilocks cake, “just right”! Well, WE thought so; and were still sticking to this opinion after our third slice each, looking at nothing but crumbs on the table. It was a spectacular afternoon breaking gluten free bread with friends. Thanks Katie and Nat – I love you!
Easy Gluten Free Nut Loaf
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw pinenuts
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup potato flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp xanthan
- 1 cup agave nectar
- 2 organic eggs
- 300 mls /10 fl ounces soy milk
- 75 gm / 2.6 ounces butter melted
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Preheat an oven to 180 C / 350 F
- Put all the nuts in a food processor and pulse just a few times until rustically chopped.
- Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan and Celtic sea salt and combine well. Set aside.
- In your stand mixer, break the eggs and gently whisk. Then add in the milk and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Now add in the butter and sweetener and mix through.
- While the mixer is still running, gradually add in the flour mix and combine well.
- Stir in the nuts.
Pour mixture into a small loaf tin (about 23cm by 12 cm or 9 inches by 5 inches) or medium loaf tin (25cm by 8cm or 10 inches by 3 inches) and bake for about 1 hour or until a knife comes out clean and the cake it cooked through.
- Serve this cake with some butter or vegan spread with a cup of tea. YUM!
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to clean your blender
After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage.
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water.
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.