Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Banana Buns (egg free, dairy free, gluten free)

So it is a brand new year and I’m supposed to back here, blogging. But I’m not.

I am not blogging.

This is because I am struggling with the thorny issue of New Year's Resolutions.

I was all bullish around the 30th December,

‘No, I’m not making any this year, it’s a waste of time’.

Come January 1st I had a bit of a wobble. Well of course I should make a few, it is after all a means of improving myself, and I am most certainly in need of a bit of improvement.

Of course any resolutions that involve eating less, or eliminating fat forever from my diet, are pointless.

Resolutions that involve exercising more are good, especially if they involve some initial thereapeutic purchasing. I'm thinking new trousers for some rock climbing, or perhaps an arm strap for my Ipod to facilitate my running. You know the kind of thing. In fact, I'm probably due some new trainers, it's been a while since I bought the last pair...

Anyway, like I said, pondering over my resolutions. In addition to the ones above, I'm oscillating wildly between the ambitious,

‘Just be a much nicer person all the time’ through the

‘If you can’t say something positive, just don’t open your mouth’ (that’s possibly a sub-point of the first one) down to the more bite-sized,

Recycle the bottles on a hebdominal basis’.

It’s taking up quite a lot of head space, so I definitely am not blogging.

However, I felt I must just share something with you. I returned from the UK last week with another weapon in my allergy-fighting arsenal.

A part of the human genome that they missed?

A completely foolproof way to ensure you never ever have another allergic reaction to anything, ever again?


It’s Jelly Tots.

How very delighted I was to discover that not only are Jelly Tots free of nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, gelatine and artificial colours, but they look extremely pretty indeed.

That’s it.

I hope that wasn’t too much of a let down for you, but I was very excited by the Jelly Tots because they meant I could give my littlest allergic one proper sweets. Not sugar-reduced, price-inflated, specialist order ones (and I do value those by the way), but proper, evil sweets.
That her sisters and brother wanted to eat as well. When our bags got lost at the airport (bless you Air France), and boredom kicked in, we were Jelly Tot-tastic, and life was good.

And when I got home to discover two blackened bananas in the fridge, I knew just what to do.
Not blog or try out a new recipe - durr, I’m wrestling with the New Year’s Resolutions, remember? - But re-hash an old recipe, ice it and add some jelly tots.

Then share it with you, to enhance your life, and buy me some time until I can post the next recipe.

So that’s it. Definitely not blogging, although possibly could be in a couple of weeks.

Hope you had a marvellous festive period, and can I just say to all those lovely people that have emailed me recently:

I have replied to every email I’ve received, but my email account is spammed and hijacked to the core and some dear friends are unable to receive my emails. I think I’ve been put on some black list which means you won’t receive my reply. Try checking your junk mail folder, I may have been put in there. And I love getting your very kind emails, thank-you. I think it’s safe to say that if no-one had emailed me or sent me the lovely pix you send me…I would probably have given up by now.

So there you go, it’s all your fault that I’m still here, wittering on.

Happy New Year,


Banana buns with jelly tot adornment
These are, quite simply, ‘Did not see that coming Raisin Buns’ in another form. Instead of the raisins, you use 1 large banana, or 1 and a half medium bananas, mashed. How easy is that?

I’ve only made the egg free, dairy free with wheat flour version, but - going out on a limb here - I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with the egg free, dairy free, gluten free or the gluten free with egg versions. Keep up.

If you wish to make these buns, please click HERE, where I've added the necessary (very minor) adjustments to the recipe.

© Pig in the Kitchen 2009