Banana and White Chocolate Cheesecake (serves 6-8)

Banana and White Chocolate Cheesecake by The Fat Foodie

This Banana and White Chocolate Cheesecake could be described as an amalgamation of a banoffee pie and a soft cheese cheesecake. The base is composed of crushed gluten-free digestive biscuits which are packed down to form a crunchy layer before being topped with sliced bananas and a creamy white chocolate cream cheese mixture.

I really like this Banana and White Chocolate Cheesecake because, unlike a lot of desserts, it’s very light and yet it has no problem satisfying my sweet tooth. I use dairy-free white chocolate in my cheesecake mixture, but you could use dark chocolate if you’d prefer. It’d make a beautiful contrast to the light colour of the sliced fresh bananas.

If you’re looking for a delicious low FODMAP dessert to make then I’d highly recommend this Banana and White Chocolate Cheesecake. I’ve made it countless times and it’s loved by the whole family.

Ingredients for the Base:

160g gluten-free digestives

60g melted butter (or non-dairy)

Ingredients for the Filling:

200g dairy-free white chocolate

160ml tinned coconut milk solids

100g lactose-free soft cheese (or non-dairy)

1 firm yellow banana (with no dark spots on the skin)

Method:

Put the tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. (This helps the coconut fat solidify and makes it easier to remove it from the tin the next day.)

Line an 7 inch circular removable base baking tin with greaseproof paper. (If you don’t have a removable base tin then just line a normal one with greaseproof, but make sure the greaseproof goes over the edges, so you can lift it out of the tin.)

Crush the digestives until it resembles sand and then mix in the melted butter. Pour it into the baking tin and press down to form a base. Put it in the fridge to solidify.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, stirring extremely frequently to ensure it doesn’t burn. (I stir it every 10-15 seconds because it can burn really fast!)

Place the tinned coconut milk solids (the firm white coconut fat from the tin) and soft cheese in a microwaveable jug and heat it until it is warm. Stir the white chocolate into it.

Line the digestive base with sliced bananas and then pour the white chocolate cheesecake mixture on top and then put it back in the fridge. (I decorated mine with some dried strawberries, but you could use some dark chocolate, if you prefer, or leave it plain.) Serve.

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes (serves 2-4)

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

I created this recipe for Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes because, as I mentioned in my last blog post, at the end of last year FODMarket UK (https://fodmarket.co.uk/) offered to gift me some low FODMAP products in exchange for reviewing them on my website and one of the products I decided to ask for was a box of buckwheat flour, which they’ve recently begun to stock in their online shop.

(I should add that I’m not being paid for reviewing this product and I don’t have an affiliate link for this product with FODMarket either.)

Clearspring Organic Buckwheat Flour

For all that its name contains the word ‘wheat’, it’s actually a gluten-free grain which has a whole range of uses in the culinary world. I’ve wanted to try cooking with buckwheat for quite some time, not because it’s gluten-free, but because it is renowned for its naturally nutty taste and I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

The recipe I list below makes four generously-sized buckwheat pancakes which can either serve two people or four. I served my partner and I two each for breakfast though and we both agreed that one was quite sufficient, especially when served with fruit on top.

The blueberry buckwheat pancakes are a bit drier than a standard gluten-free pancake, but they’re infused with a delicious nuttiness throughout which complements the syrup and fruit you choose to serve with them. Quite frankly, we enjoyed every mouthful!

You can buy this buckwheat flour from https://fodmarket.co.uk/ and they offer a flat delivery fee of £3.49 or free delivery with orders over £50. Personally, I think that’s pretty reasonable especially if you were going to be stocking up your cupboards to ensure you’re all set to embrace the low FODMAP diet. If you do go ahead and buy this buckwheat flour (or you make these buckwheat pancakes) I’d love to know what you think!

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Ingredients:

50g blueberries

200g buckwheat flour

2 tbsps white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 eggs (or 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 2 tbsps of water for half an hour)

150ml lactose-free milk (or non-dairy)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp butter (or non-dairy) and 1 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)

Method:

Simply place all of your ingredients (except the butter and oil) into a large jug and whisk together until fully combined.

Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter and oil. (The inclusion of the oil stops the butter from burning.)

Once the butter has melted add a quarter of the pancake mixture into the centre of the frying pan and allow it to cook until lots of bubbles have formed on the top.

Gently, but quickly, flip the pancake over and cook until both sides are golden brown. Repeat with the rest of the pancake mix until you’ve used it all up.

Serve with maple syrup (50g/2 tbsps per person is a low FODMAP serving) or golden syrup (7g/1 tsp per person is a low FODMAP serving) and low FODMAP fruit, such as oranges, satsumas, grapes or up to 150g of kiwi fruit per person. (As always, check low FODMAP serving sizes with the Monash app.)

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Chocolate Tiffin (makes 15)

Chocolate Tiffin by The Fat Foodie

Sometimes the pressures of life can only be relieved through indulging in something that’s sweet, rich and covered in thick chocolate, such as a slice of this chocolate tiffin. Now, there’s no denying that this chocolate tiffin isn’t remotely healthy, but I’m a firm believer that a little bit of tastiness does you good once in a while. Continue reading Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2018

Banoffee Pie (serves 8-10)

Banoffee Pie by The Fat Foodie

Banoffee pie is a gorgeous dessert that’s incredibly luxurious, but it’s actually surprisingly easy to make. When I set out to make this Banoffee Pie I wasn’t sure how feasible it would be to make it dairy-free, but it turns out that it’s completely do-able thanks to the existence of coconut-based condensed milk. Of course, if you’re one of the lucky ones who can happily tolerate lactose you can just use standard butter and condensed milk. Continue reading Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2018