Gluten-free and Egg-free Recipes (with some Dairy-free options)

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Basic Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free and Vegan Cake with variations


I’ve been playing around a little with getting a basic cake that is free from the most common allergens including soy and nuts. Although I am able to eat dairy, some people that I cook for at times need either lactose-free or dairy free food also. This recipe uses the technique of replacing the eggs with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and vinegar and works well. The basic vanilla cake recipe is below then the variations appear underneath the post. The picture is of a coffee cake variation (omit walnuts for nut-free). I’m still experimenting with this recipe so more variations are to come.


185 g gluten-free plain (all purpose) flour*(see below)

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1/2 teaspoon salt

225 g caster sugar

30 g cornflour (it must be corn cornflour for gluten-free)

250 g cold water (this is 1 metric cup = 250 ml)

75 g oil (I use sunflower or canola oil)

20 g white vinegar (4 teaspoons)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Mix together all dry ingredients well in a bowl. For a Bellini Intelli (or other thermocooker) add all dry ingredients to the jug and pulse a couple of times to ensure they are mixed well.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together into a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix quickly with electric beaters (do not over mix) until lumps disappear or use speed 6 for 5 seconds with the Bellini, scrape down the jug and repeat.
  4. Cook in silicone muffin trays for 20 minutes at 160 C (fan-forced oven) or 180 C (conventional oven) or until a skewer inserted into the cakes comes out clean.

*For flour I use Aldi Has No Brand gluten-free plain flour. Other brands including Woolworths, Orgran and White Wings will work in this recipe. If you are in the UK the Tesco or Sainsbury brands of gluten-free plain flour will work. In the USA I think there is one called King Arthur which is available from Walmart which looks to have a similar make up of flours to the ones in Australia. Also, Aldi in the USA has a similar looking all purpose flour. At some point I’d like to put a mix together myself but if I do, I’ll come back here to post my mix recipe.

And now for the variations (watch this space for more)!

Chocolate: Replace the cornflour above with cocoa powder (the same weight). Ice with chocolate icing. Icing: 140 g icing sugar (powdered sugar) sifted, 24 g cocoa powder, 30 g hot water and 30 g melted dairy-free margarine. Mix together well and ice the cakes.

Coffee: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of instant coffee (I use decaffeinated) in a small amount of hot water then add cold water up to the 1 cup (250 ml) mark. Use in place of the 250 g cold water. Icing: 140 g icing sugar, 1 teaspoon coffee dissolved in 30 ml hot water, 60 g dairy free margaine (I use Nuttelex). Mix together well and ice the cakes. Top with walnuts if desired.

Mocha (I haven’t tried this yet): Replace the cornflour with cocoa and also the water with coffee. Use the chocolate icing mix but add coffee into the hot water before adding to the other ingredients.

Berry (I’ll try this next): Thaw some frozen berries (or use fresh) and puree well in a blender. Replace some of the cold water with the berry puree.



Bumpy Chicken – egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free

When my daughter was little we were staying at my parents’ house and my mum was cooking fried chicken. My dad came home and asked her what we were having for dinner and my daughter’s response was, ‘Bumpy chicken’, so we’ve always called fried chicken ‘bumpy chicken’. I’ve been wanting to make a nice bumpy chicken recipe for a while and on the Thermomix Recipe Community site is a recipe for Krispy Fried Chicken. It’s not gluten-free or egg-free. I decided to have a go at making it without wheat flour and eggs and in the process changed the proportions of ingredients to suit our taste so I’ll put my version here. I’m sorry there is no picture. Hopefully I can add one later:


1 tablespoon (4 teaspoons) salt

3 teaspoons black peppercorns

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried tarragon

1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds

175 g white rice flour

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Put all of the ingredients except the rice flour, garlic and onion powder and paprika into a mini-chopper or thermocooker (I use a Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master). I put my Bellini on speed 9 for 10 seconds then repeat it. I don’t like the herbs too finely ground, but if you want them finer just repeat until it is to your taste.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on speed 6 for about 10 seconds (or mix together well in a bowl).
  3. I use half of this mixture at a time. I just coat the chicken by placing the mix on a plate and then dipping chicken breast pieces in it. You could also use a bag and shake all of the pieces together.
  4. Fry in a layer of oil of choice until cooked and crispy.

Gluten, Dairy and Egg-free Chocolate Carrot Cake


I’ve been doing some travelling this year, visiting Scotland and England. I was born in the UK so had a lovely time catching up with relatives as well as doing some sightseeing. The Scottish Highlands are absolutely amazing and I did see a ripple on Loch Ness so Nessie made an appearance just for me!

I was thrilled with finding the wonderful Schar bread in Tesco and Sainsbury stores. I really wish that our regular shops stocked it here in Australia. I was surprised to find that it was not so easy to obtain the Orgran No Egg (egg replacer) that I often use in cake recipes. Eventually I tracked it down in a Holland and Barrett store and I also saw it in a different health shop. So, if in the UK, check out the Holland and Barrett shops for it. This cake recipe was given to me 24 years ago, so I decided to make it gluten-free and vegan. The icing is made from cream cheese so if you want it vegan, have a look at substituting a vegan cream cheese and non-dairy margarine or just enjoy without icing. If not nut-free, a handful of walnuts thrown into the mixture go down well too.


190 g gluten-free self raising flour

20 g cocoa powder

110 g sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup grated carrot (weighs approximately 140 g)

225 g crushed pineapple

80 g water + 2 teaspoons Orgran No Egg (or use EnerG or use 2 eggs if you can have them)

115 g vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil)


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Add the carrot and mix well again.
  2. Add all of the wet ingredients into the middle and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Spoon into a medium sized ring tin.
  4. Bake at 160 C fan-forced (180 C conventional) oven until a skewer inserted comes out not sticky. I found this took around 60 minutes.

Icing (not vegan)

  1. Mix 60 g cream cheese and 30 g soft butter together with electric beaters.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and beat again.
  3. Add 175 g sifted icing mixture (powdered sugar/confectioner’s sugar) – make sure if it has starch that it is cornstarch not wheat start.
  4. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice and mix well.

Quick Chicken Satay Gluten-free, Egg-free and Dairy-free (with nut-free option)


It was Hubby’s birthday last Monday and when I asked what he would like for his birthday he requested chicken satay. I first made this years ago but had to stop making it as a regular meal as my daughter is severely allergic to nuts. Now that she lives with her husband, we can safely have peanuts in the house again. I decided to try to make it suitable for the Bellini thermocooker, so that I can speed up the process. This is a very quick recipe without a lot of ingredients:


5 teaspoons of red curry paste (I bought some from the Asian section of the store – you can make your own but I was in a hurry on the day. I like mine a bit spicy and would have added an extra teaspoon, but the rest like this amount. Add more or less to taste.)

20 g olive oil

600 g chicken, cut into largish cubes

1 tin (400 g) coconut milk

30 g fish sauce

30 g brown sugar

120 g crunchy peanut butter (I used the Kraft ‘All Nuts’ one) For nut-free, try using the Eskal ‘Free Nut Butter’. It is made with sunflower seeds and tastes very nutty. You could also make your own sunflower seed paste using the machine.


  1. Add the red curry paste to the Bellini bowl with the oil and cook on ST temp, speed 1 for 5 minutes. For stovetop cooking, cook in a saucepan for a few minutes.
  2. Add the chicken to the bowl and cook on 100 C, speed 1 for 5 minutes. On a stovetop, fry the chicken for a few minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on 100 C, speed 1 for 10-12 minutes. Check that the chicken is cooked through before serving. On a stovetop, add the other ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. We had ours with rice and a squeeze of lemon. Steamed veges would go nice with this too.