Flour Exploration

Gluten-Free Banana Flour Angel Food Cake

Makes 1 cake

  • 1 10” angel food can pan with removable bottom
  • 15 egg whites – room temperature (note: it’s essential that they are at room temperature!)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup plus ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup banana flour
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean

Flavor variations:
Replace vanilla with zest of 1 lemon, 2 limes or ½ orange
Replace vanilla with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
2. In a very clean, dry mixing bowl combine egg whites and salt and whip to soft peaks. Gradually add ½ cup of coconut sugar. 3. Continue to whip egg whites to medium peaks, being careful to not over whip.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together the remaining coconut sugar and banana flour.
5. Gradually sift dry ingredients into the whipped whites, folding gently to be careful not to deflate.
6. Fold in vanilla extract and vanilla bean.
7. Pour batter into an ungreased angel food pan, spreading carefully to distribute batter evenly — do not bang the cake pan, as this will cause the batter to deflate.
8. Bake for 50 min, or until golden brown and cake springs back when lightly touched.
9. Remove from oven and invert onto a cooling rack without removing the mold.
10. Allow the cake to cool completely before unmolding.

Vegan, Gluten-Free Merlot Grapeseed Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 1 dozen cookies

  • 2 ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ c merlot grapeseed flour
  • ½ tea salt
  • 1/2 tea baking powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • ½ cup agave
  • 1 cup 72% bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt the coconut oil in microwave or on stove top. In a medium bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, mixing with a rubber spatula or spoon to combine.
5. Stir in the chocolate chunks, and allow the mixture to chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop mixture onto your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
7. Let cool before enjoying. Because these cookies stay nice and moist, they taste great the next day too.

Chickpea Canapé

Makes 4 dozen canapés

  • 3 cups chickpea flour
  • 5 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional garnish: dollop of creme fraîche, crispy prosciutto or micro herbs like micro arugula

1. Preheat convection oven to 450 °F (or 475 °F for a conventional home oven).
2. Combine chickpea flour and water with whisk until smooth — let sit for 1 hour to allow batter to thicken slightly.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
4. Pour the batter onto a silicone baking mat or a baking sheet lined with parchment. Spread evenly with spatula and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
5. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut farinata into squares (5×7 or 6×8, depending on the size you prefer) and top with optional garnish.

* Recipe adapted from Ciao Italia by Mary Ann Esposito

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