I love afternoon teas. They’re so British and a great sociable indulgence to do with your girlfriends. However, I did used to suffer so much after them though due to my intolerances. Afternoon tea tends to includes everything I generally can’t have such as sandwiches, scones and cream. I don’t enjoy missing out on events nor do I like to suffer the consequences afterwards. As such, I have created my own ‘Lara Friendly’ afternoon tea that I want to share with you all. It includes a selection of gluten free and dairy free delights as well as a great anti-inflammatory amuse bouche style drink.
A bit of background
Did you know that afternoon tea is almost a British ritual having been introduced in the early 1840s ? It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm. Well I don’t know about your afternoon teas but I could not eat a meal afterwards as I generally consume my body weight in scones and cake. Interestingly, scones were not a common feature of early afternoon tea until the twentieth century.
Now lets get to the part of gluten suffering issues (or IBS as the doctors like to wash over as the standard response to why we are suffering). Did you know that digestive disorders are more frequent in women than in men ? Yay, lucky us!
According to the Gluten Intolerance Group, if you have recurring problems with the below symptoms then you could be gluten intolerant . I have only listed a few:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
Apart from other issues causing our symptoms such as stress, exposure to medication etc, another reason for the increase could be the way our food, such as bread is being processed compared to 50 years ago when things were all locally produced and generally left in its natural state. You can see I haven’t added in gluten free bread to make sandwiches, as I don’t like how much the food is processed. If you have a look on the ingredients, I can’t even pronounce half of the stuff so why would I put that in my body to try and digest?
The gluten free and diary free recipes
So here is what you have all been waiting for, the recipes to make your very own ladies afternoon tea.
Amuse Bouche – Turmeric Latte Recipe
- 1tsp organic turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 300ml coconut milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp organic local honey
- Black pepper
Add altogether in a pan and whisk whilst heating through. Bring to a simmer and serve
Makes 4 large shot glasses to serve at your afternoon tea as a tasting starter.
Gluten Free Scones Recipe
So these didn’t turn out as scones and I am not sure what went wrong. They didn’t rise and we more like biscuits in texture so I turned them into viennese swirl style biscuits and the girls loved them.
- 100g of self-raising gluten free flour
- 1 rounded tsp baking powder
- 25g sugar (try coconut sugar for some more flavour)
- 50g dairy free margarine or coconut butter
- 1 beaten egg
Lactose free cream (Tescos has a great one).
Jam of your choice
Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the marg with fingers (love this bit). Mix in egg to make soft dough. Roll out on flour surface and use a stencil of your choice to cut into rounds. Roughly 1cm think and should make about 10-12 depending on the size of your stencil. Place on a tray with greaseproof paper. Bake in preheated oven at 200oC for 15mins
Once they are cool, cut a hole in the middle of half of the biscuit style scones. Add jam to these. Whisk up cream. Add the whipped cream to the other half of the biscuits.
Now the best bit – place the jam half on top of the cream half and squeeze. The jam should squirt through the top of the whole and look like a Jammie Dodger.
Gluten Free Smoked Salmon Bellini’s Recipe
- Smoked salmon
- Coconut butter
- ½ lemon
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- 150g gluten free flour
- 150ml coconut milk
(equal parts milk and flour if you wish to make more)
- 1 egg
- Coconut oil
- Chopped dill, chives or mixed herbs
Mix eggs, flour and milk and herbs, dill or chives together to make a slightly runny consistency. Heat a non-stick pan with some coconut oil. Pour in a small amount of mixture to make 5cm size round bellini’s. Once cool, add coconut butter, smoked salmon, squeeze of lemon juice and a dash or black and cayenne pepper.
Dairy Free Cheesecake Recipe
- 700g ‘Oatly’ creamy oat fraiche & lactose free cream cheese.
- 1 lemon
- 125g dairy free margarine
- 2 eggs (recipe says 4 but it tasted too eggy)
- Vanilla extract
- 50g of icing sugar
Crudités with dips
Dairy free cheese cut into sticks
Gluten free pitta breads – heat through and cut into sticks
Homemade guacamole Recipe
- 2 ripe avocados
- Chopped red onions
- Jalapeno peppers
- Salt & black pepper
Mash up all together and add garlic, jalapeno, and onions to desired taste. Don’t mash too much and keep it chunky and rustic.
Energy Balls Recipe
- 10 chopped dates
- 1 ripe banana
- Handful of hazelnuts
- Tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
- Cup of gluten free oats
- 50g of chocolate protein powder
- Pinch of salt
Add all into a blender. Texture should be easy to pick up and roll into balls. If too wet, add more oats. If too dry add a dash of water. Roll into balls and cover in gluten free oats. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
Always host your afternoon tea with a few bottles of something sparkling and of course, TEA!
If you are suffering with digestive problems or just generally want to be the healthiest version of yourself then I would love to hear from you. We can discuss how health coaching can help you reduce your symptoms and learn ways of managing and improving your overall health and wellbeing for the long term. Lets get your fire back!
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