Carrot Fig Cake (Non Gluten Non Dairy)

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Carrot fig cake with lactose free ice cream

Carrot fig cake with lactose free ice cream

I actually wanted to continue with Part 2 of my London trip but I think I have more exciting things to share with you….food of course!…..*big smiles*. I’ll share more of my London trip in another post. And if you are just dropping by and wonder what I’m talking about, please check it out at Cheaper And More Fun Way To Family Vacation In London (Pt 1).

I was overjoyed when I visited my physiotherapist the day before…….good news from him. He said that my leg is strong enough to start light jogging and running…..yipppeeeee. I just can’t wait to get back to badminton. I started off with standing badminton about a couple of months ago, then progress to standing badminton. You know how frustrating it is not to be able to run.

On many occasions I just have to watch the shuttlecock and let it go by because I can’t run. Actually not allowed to run. Even though I can now start with light running and jogging, I am not allowed to change foot direction yet. At least that’s still better and more fun. My physio said that maybe in another 2 weeks time, I can resume normal badminton……….*so happy*. But of course I will be careful. Again, just in case you are wondering what I was talking about, I had an Achilles tendon rupture 5 months ago. Tough journey to recovery but really thankful that I’m recovering well.

grated carrots

grated carrots

I was so happy that I told myself I need to celebrate. On my way home, singing and smiling to myself, I dropped by at the supermarket to do some shopping. I saw grated carrots on sale…….25p per packet! That’s cheap. Immediately carrot cake came to my mind. I want carrot cake….mmmm. And I want it healthy….no gluten and no dairy. That’s what I call healthy dessert. I find that the carrot strips were a little too long. So I blasted it in the processor for a few seconds. If you are lazy, just don’t bother. I’m sure it will be fine.

Lactose free ice cream

Lactose free ice cream

Oh, I bought a tub of lactose free ice cream too! That’s the only one that I have seen so far. You can find it in the major supermarkets. To me, it’s a healthier alternative.

Maple syrup

Maple syrup

Instead of using sugar, I used maple syrup…..another healthier alternative. My daughter bought it for pancakes but has been lying that for a while now because she has got bored with pancakes…..*sigh*. I wasn’t sure whether it will work in cake but it’s always interesting to try. Well, it worked! I think it gives a lovely flavour to the cake.

Sliced dried figs

Sliced dried figs

I heard that figs are very good for health. I have a packet of dried figs. That will come to good use. Just slice and add it into the cake batter for added nutrition and taste.

When I reached home, immediately I got down to making the cake. It’s again another of my super easy cake….my new adventure and new creation! I want it for lunch. Lunch? I must be crazy. It was already past 1pm when I reached home. I was dead hungry. I had to eat 2 bananas first to kill off some hunger! It was about 2pm before my cake was done. I had it hot with a big scoop of ice cream…..mmmmm…..simply SO good! I ate a BIG portion without feeling any guilt….*grin*. What a late lunch, celebrating it all on my own….home alone….*big smiles*. After that I happily went to the gym to work out my leg followed by a good game of badminton…….still walking badminton. What a wonderful day!

Right, here’s my easy Non Gluten Non Dairy Carrot Fig Cake recipe.

Ingredients A
4 eggs
1/2C olive oil
1/2C maple syrup

Egg mixture

Egg mixture

Put all Ingredients A into a bowl and whisk it until combined.

Ingredients B
200g almond flour
1/2C rice flour
1t baking powder
1/2t baking soda

Cake batter

Cake batter

Add all of Ingredients B to the egg mixture above. Whisk to combine.

Ingredients C
250g grated carrots
1C dried figs (sliced)

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Add Ingredients to the cake batter above. Mix well. Pour into a paper lined shallow tin and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If you use a deep tin, then you need much longer time.

Moist and delicious

Moist and delicious

This cake is good eaten hot or at room temperature. I use a cutter to cut it out in circles and served it with a big scoop of lactose free ice cream. I actually had more ice cream than the cake…..*grin*. I shared with 2 friends and they liked it very much. My husband brought some to office and shared with a colleague and he liked it very much too.

The other lovely cake that has no gluten and no dairy is my No Gluten No Dairy No Sugar Chocolate Cake.

I like to make healthier cakes by adding fruits or vegetables. If you are interested, there are more in my Recipes section.

Quote of the day…….

”I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

- Thomas Edison

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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suituapui  on October 25th, 2012

LOL!!! Non-diary…but there’s ice cream = milk.

No worries - just eat but eat in moderation. If so worried about this and that, then best not to make…and not to eat.

That’s why I prefer not to make, just buy a slice…and that is all there is to eat. If bake one whole cake, will have to eat it all…and that’s a no-no!

Katerina  on October 25th, 2012

This is such a delicious healthy cake Mary! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Priya  on October 25th, 2012

Fabulous combo, quite a delicious cake.

peteformation  on October 26th, 2012

My sis gave me 4 figs last week…..ate all of them fresh…..yum yum, tasty!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on October 26th, 2012

I have no doubt at all the cake tastes heavenly with pure almond flour.

Vannesa  on October 26th, 2012

One of my favourite cakes ‘brilliant’. And a healthy version ‘fantastic’. I think some home baking is on the cards for this weekend. Thanks for the recipe, I cant wait to try it.

Blackswan  on October 26th, 2012

Gosh, your cake looks moist & tasty! The pkt of carrots is so cheap. Can’t believe u can actually find good buys in your country; cheaper than S’pore. Hahaha!

teresa  on October 26th, 2012

oh wow, this cake looks just wonderful!

TasteofBeirut  on October 26th, 2012

Love that cake! I think carrot and almond flour go hand in hand; never tried it with figs before and I will next time!

Belinda @zomppa  on October 26th, 2012

What a fun cake and boy, does that mount of ice cream look amazing!

Mich Piece of Cake  on October 27th, 2012

This looks deliciously moist!

agnes  on October 27th, 2012

surprisingly things are still so cheap in the UK. I still remember using GBP10 I can buy a full knapsack of food stuff from the supermarket. you have got nice and healthy recipe.

Jeannie  on October 28th, 2012

a very healthy cake indeed, I only ever baked a gluten free cake once, must try this version too!

Mary  on October 28th, 2012

@suituapui - Arthur, not all ice cream contains milk….hehe. This one that I bought is lactose free. It’s made from soya milk. It’s very delicious and tastes just like the normal ice cream. I have too many people at home who loves to eat so best to make. Saves money too :D

@Katerina - Thanks very much, Katerina! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@peteformation - Oh yes, I love fresh figs too. They are just so good….mmmm :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Yes, it’s really good. Extra nutrition from the almonds too :D

@Vannesa - Thanks very much, Vanessa! Hope you had lots of fun baking! :D

@Blackswan - Yes, carrots here are sometimes quite cheap, especially when it goes on sale. I love that it was already peeled and grated. That makes my life easy :D What about you here too? :P

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@TasteofBeirut - This is the first time I added dried figs to the cake. It was surprisingly good. I made another one this morning and I added even more. I really like it….mmmm :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Haha….yes, the ice cream! I know what you are going to say…..more ice cream than cake :D

@Mich Piece of Cake - Yes, it is :D

@agnes - Yes, when it goes on sales, things can be cheap. I think sometimes it can be even cheaper than home. But over the years, prices of food have increased a lot, about double since I came :(

@Jeannie - Yes, give a try. I have been trying to make non gluten and non dairy cakes lately. I feel that my stomach digest better :D

Mistletoe  on October 30th, 2012

So sorry I’m so late to drop by here. Life has been hectic these days, I’m sure you know why. Not a huge fan of carrot cake, but I’m glad you added the figs. Love figs! I might give this cake a try coz I still have some dried figs sitting around that I don’t know what to do with. Teehee. Plus, I never turn down ice cream. Haha. Glad to see the maple syrup was a product of Canada. Did you know Canada is famous for our maple syrup? Next time we meet I’ll bring you some of our best. Let me find out where to buy first. Hahaha. Such great news to hear that in 2 weeks you might be able to resume normal badminton! Hang in there and stay safe. No diving around now. Teehee. Take good care of yourself! Hugs!!!

Juliana  on October 30th, 2012

Nice cake Mary, carrot and figs…sounds really tasty.
Thanks for the recipe and have a great week ahead :)

Lucy  on November 11th, 2012

This cake looks so good - love how moist it is! Plus as it’s healthy you can have seconds!

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