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Gluten Free Carrot Cake

You don’t have to be a coeliac to appreciate this delicious recipe!

A rich, moist cake or dessert which has a lovey delicate flavour.  It will keep well stored in an airtight tin for several day.

A perfect treat containing a good selection of nutritious ingredients.

This recipe is adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe.

2 tablespoons pine kernels

250g grated carrot

250g ground almonds

125g sunflower oil

75g sultanas

150g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 small lemon – zest and juice

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

 

Preheat the oven to 180C and lightly oil a shallow loose bottomed cake tin measuring 21cm / 8.5” in diameter.

Toast the pine kernels until slightly golden and put to one side.

In a large bowl add the remaining ingredients and whisk well for several minutes until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Place the batter into the prepared tin and sprinkle the toasted pine kernels evenly over the cake batter.

Bake in the centre of the oven for about 40 minutes or so until risen and golden brown and a cake skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before carefully removing from the tin and placing on a wire rack to finish cooling.  Serve as a dessert or teatime treat.

Carrots are one of the richest sources of beta carotene, which is converted by the body to vitamin A.  They are a good source of vitamins C and E.  This high antioxidant status gives carrots an important role in preventing oxidative damage in the brain.  Carrots also support good detoxification and immune function.

Eggs are a high-quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids and many nutrients involved in energy production.

Almonds are a rich source of essential minerals including copper, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium.  They also contain good levels of essential fats which help increase beneficial HDL cholesterol.

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C and the zest is especially high in antioxidants and a phytochemical called limonoid.

Nutmeg is a good source of various essential minerals including copper, potassium, zinc, iron and manganese.  It has antifungal properties and supports good digestion.