Yesterday I was very lucky to spend it attending a full day workshop on Quality Improvement for healthcare, which working for the NHS as part of a project to improve patient safety it was super beneficial and very interesting. I am really lucky to work with a great bunch – and a great Trust which is committed to improving quality to benefit both us staff and patients. I knew the provided sandwich lunch would be a no go on FODMAP but I had planned ahead and took some leftover baked millet & veggies. However, the hardest part was in the afternoon when trays of amazing looking and smelling cakes appeared – there was glossy topped caramellos, fancy cupcakes and lots of other treats and not a single one was suitable! All I could think about was cake!!
So last night after dinner and still craving cake, I decided to try again with some FODMAP suitable baking, last weeks banana bread was not a huge hit but I decided to persevere with a the banana theme, mainly though as I had two very, very ripe ones to use up! After a rummage through my cookery books I dusted off a copy of ‘the egg book’. Its not a book I’ve admittedly used very much but it does have a few good recipes inside… I chose the banana muffins recipe but tweaked it to be FODMAP friendly, also I increased the liquid to allow for the gluten free flour – which seems much thirstier, and changed the honey to maple syrup. I also had no ground almonds so subbed for ground rice too! Oh and I added some suitable dark chocolate chips and sultanas and left out the nutmeg!
The mixture looked quite sloppy and I easily filled 12 cases rather than the 10 stated! I didn’t hold out much hope but was pleasantly surprised and it satisfied my cake longing! The resulting muffin was light and taste rather good even if they did stick super well to their paper cases! Oh and as ever I had great fun making a mess!
Make 12 muffins
225g gluten free plain flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
3 tsp baking powder
25g ground rice
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g light soft brown sugar
2 large mashed bananas
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
150ml soya milk, unsweetened
3 tbsp maple syrup
50g sultanas
50g dark chocolate chips (check labels for suitability)
Pre-heat oven to 190o
Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ground rice together.
Separately mix together the eggs, banana, oil, milk and maple syrup. fold into the dry mixture gently and stir through the chocolate chips and sultanas, spoon into prepared muffin cases.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and a skewer comes away cleanly

By andrei