It's been a rather chilly & windy winter here in Cape Town and one my favourite things to do in the afternoons is to sit in the sun and have a delicious hot cup of rooibos vanilla tea with a rusk. It's basically my ultimate winter self-care delight :) However as someone who is prone to gluten sensitivities and also who just loves baking healthy treats, I decided to make gluten-free rusks which can super easily be vegan too! All you have to do is swop out the egg for a flax "egg".
Super yummy, easy to make and minimal sugar as balancing your blood sugar levels is super important especially when it comes to mood disorders such as anxiety.
Enjoy these yummy gluten-free rusks. No guilt, no fuss & oh so damn good!
Ingredients (makes 12-14)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 egg/ 1 flax "egg"**
1 Tbs natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 Tbs vanilla essence
11/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbs chia seeds
1/2 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder
Preheat the oven to 180C
Pour the apple cider vinegar into the almond milk and set aside. for 10 minutes
Place all the wet ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until well combined. Add the apple cider vinegar & almond milk
Add all the dry ingredients and with a wooden spoon gently mix in together
Add more flour if too runny but should be thick enough to be pressed down
Grease a square baking tin with a little bit of coconut oil (I used a round tin as that is all I had but a square one would be best)
Push the batter into the baking tin, flattening and pressing down as you go to make sure it's evenly spread out.
Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown then remove from oven and leave to cool for 10 mins
Cut into shape you wish and arrange on a baking tray.
Dry rusks out for +- 8 hrs at 70 C. Ensure to turn them over every two hours or so so they dry out evenly
Remove and keep in a glass jar or enjoy immediately with a cup of tea :)
** To make the flax egg. Mix 1 Tbs ground flaxseeds with 3 Tbs water and leave it to sit until it creates a gel-like consistency
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