A Sunday in the Country – and Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis (sugar free, dairy free, gluten free)

Today we headed out to the countryside around Castres for Sunday lunch with the Great Aunties Maïté and Claire. Maïté moved into her new house around the time the Marsupial was born, so I’d never been before. It’s a great country house in the perfect location – surrounded by rolling hills and old farms (and the odd Mc Mansion) but only a few minutes from town. And only 45 minutes from us. We DO have family nearby after all 🙂



Sheets drying in the sun, and a cutie pie

Sheets drying in the sun, and a cutie pie

Marsousou going for a walk

Marsousou going for a walk with Mommy



Sunshine, violets, primavera, birdsong – might spring finally be here? It seems ungrateful to be so eager to see the backside of this winter, considering how relatively short and sweet it was (remember the Indian summer of 2014? it was warm til November here). But my mood has been unusually affected by the short days and cold weather this year (well, that and post partum crap). So, GOODBYE WINTER!! See You Next Time.

Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free - Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis

Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free – Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis

Dessert and coffee in the sun

Dessert and coffee in the sun



Maïté is also on a sugar free, dairy free, gluten free diet, so that was a perfect excuse to try out this recipe I dreamed up in the night. Vaguely (very vaguely) based on the clafoutis recipe Mom and we kids have used for years (3 eggs, 3 Ts flour, 3 Ts icing sugar, 3 Ts crème fraîche combined and poured over sliced fruit), this one is just as delicious. Theoretically you could make it with almost any cookable fruit, but because it is sugar free it’s probably best to use something a bit sweet. Pears worked perfectly.

Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis

Peel, slice and arrange in an oiled pie dish:

  • 4 pears

Combine and pour over the fruit:

  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of powdered almonds
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of coconut cream
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Bake for 25 minutes at 200°C.


Avocado Banana Chocolate Cookies – sugar free, dairy free, gluten free

More sugar free, dairy free deliciousness… this one is inspired by Be Still Life, who was inspired by The Smoothie Lover.

I added powdered almond to give them some weight. My version does not taste sweet (I left out the honey, coconut sugar and chocolate chunks), so one must readjust ones taste expectations. This is the cookie for when you have a CHOCOLATE CRAVING you just can’t ignore. The cocoa taste is crazy strong – I love it – but I only eat chocolate with 98% cocoa and I’ve been told thats an acquired taste, so maybe this one isn’t for everyone. (EDIT: definitely not for everyone. H hated them. I made the mistake of telling him they were cookies and forgetting to tell him they were sugar free. He is still busy telling me, as I type, that I am forbidden from bringing them to people’s houses or taking them out in public. So, I recommend these only if you’ve been on a sugar free diet for a while. Because to me they taste DELICIOUS).

Cocoa madness

Cocoa madness

Avocado Banana Chocolate Cookies

Blast with hand mixer:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg

Stir in:

  • ½ cup cocoa powder (100% cocoa)
  • ½ cup powdered almond
  • pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt

Drop spoonfuls onto parchment paper and bake for 8 minutes at 180°C.

Sweet Potato Bread – sugar free, dairy free

I made this as a cake last week-end to take to H’s cousins’ home. It turned out a bit dense, and even the lemon zest cream cheese icing didn’t quite turn it into what I was hoping for. It was too bread-y, and not cake-y enough. I thought it would work better as a loaf, eaten for breakfast or goûter with some yoghurt, butter or cream cheese spread on it. And voilà, it does.

I used sweet potato, but I’m guessing butternut or pumpkin would work equally well. Last week I made it with butter as I was straying from my diet, but this week I went back to dairy-free and used rapeseed oil instead.

Originally inspired by a recipe on Happy Sugar Habits, I tweaked this a bit to fit with my diet and what I had in the cupboards.

Ze loaf

Ze loaf



With plain yoghurt from the farm

With plain yoghurt from the farm

Sweet Potato Bread

Combine dry ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour (I used a mix of spelt and wheat)
  • ¾ cups desiccated coconut
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • spices (I used allspice, ginger and cinnamon)
  • pinch salt
  • raisins (or walnuts, pecans, etc.)

Whisk wet ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3 Tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 Tbsp coconut cream

Add wet to dry ingredients and beat together. Mash in:

  • 1 cup sweet potato (baked and mashed)

Press into an oiled and floured loaf tin and bake at 180°C for 45-55 minutes.

This is just for me and I think it will stretch for about 3 breakfasts – I awake ravenous from a night of nursing the Miniature Night Master.

This little girl likes eating  peanut butter off rice crackers for breakfast.

This little girl likes eating peanut butter off rice crackers for breakfast.