Baking my way around Australia

Just because I don’t have a ‘proper kitchen’ and my pantry is the back of a 4WD doesn’t mean I can’t still try to be a master of wheat free baking! On this trip my love of baking has grown even more.

Here’s one of my favourites I made in Victor Harbor, a beautiful coastal town in South Australia with cheap avocados that I didn’t want to go to waste. Don’t be put off by the seemingly strange combination, the kiwi fruit and coconut flavours actually work well together.

Baking with avocado is an easy way to clock up nutrients (see below to learn more about avo’s). This recipe is wheat and gluten free (and pretty much sugar free!) so share it around.

Avocado and kiwi slice recipe

Ingredients

2 eggs
2 tablespoons cold water
¼ cup milk
1 kiwi fruit diced
¾ large avocado mashed
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon bicarb soda
1/3 cup besan (chickpea flour)
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
sprinkle salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ cup almonds
2 tablespoons sultana, pumpkin and sunflower seed mix

Method

  • In a large bowl whisk eggs then add the avocado and kiwifruit.
  • Mush together and start adding dry ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients and fold to combine. Continue to add more milk or water to ensure the consistency is a thick batter.
  • Pour the batter into an oiled cake tin (lined with baking paper if you have it) and use a spatula to even out the top.
  • Dot extra sultanas mix or almonds on top and pop into the Webber (or oven). Bake at 180 – 200 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.
  • Enjoy with a slick of butter with your afternoon cuppa, or as a substitute for bread with your bacon and eggs.
Avocado and Kiwi slice

Fresh out of the Webber

Health benefits of avocado

This green machine boasts many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health and in just one 100 gram serve you can clock up:

26% Vitamin K

This is essential for its role in preventing blood clotting, heart disease and building strong bone. Vitamin K is often overlooked as an essential vitamin and hence, many of us are deficient.

20% Folate

Also known as Vitamin B9, folate supports reproductive health, the cardiovascular system, the brain. Most interestingly, when it comes to reproductive health folate is essential for both males and females; folate promotes sperm viability and also plays an integral role in foetal development during pregnancy.

17% Vitamin C

Everyone knows this vitamin assists to ward off immune system deficiencies (like the cold and flu). It also helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

14% Potassium

This is more than what is found in 100 gram serve of a banana! Potassium really packs a punch when it comes to health benefits and can provide relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.

I’ll keep sharing some of the things I’m whipping up as we travel around Australia and would love to hear from those who try them out for themselves.

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