Being “mis-matched” & Gluten-Free Vegan Date & Walnut Cake

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As I was standing next to my cupboard pondering over what to wear for a project meeting yesterday, my little girl came over with two different bangles that she had taken out from my box and worn. And two different shoes on her feet which she had made me put on for her.


The irony of the situation struck me. Here I was having a hard time figuring out what to match and wear. And so effortlessly she had worn these because she liked it this way. And it made me realize how similar it was who I really was. While I take out time to plan what to wear when it’s for a formal situation, on all other days I simply wear what I like.

Its not going to top the fashion charts. I am probably going to be the quintessential ‘does not dress up’ mother always , no matter how things change around me.

Don’t get me wrong – I do make an effort every once in a while. But I have realized that I do better without it 


Which is why when someone asked me to bake a gluten-free , vegan cake, I used my own approach and way. It might be different from that used by others, but the cake was enjoyed so much that I am sure that having your own personal sense of style is always the way to go – with clothes and with baking !


Recipe –

1 1/2 cups Jowar Flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup Coconut Sugar

1 cup Applesauce

1/4 cup Almond Butter

1 tbsp homemade date syrup

Dates and walnuts as required

Method – Hand-mix or whisk the coconut sugar, applesauce and almond butter. Add the date syrup and whisk thoroughly until they are mixed well. Sift the flour and bp. Add the sifted flour to the wet ingredients mix. Fold in some dates and walnuts that are chopped. Pour the batter into a ready tin. Top the cake with it too.

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Then bake at the same temperature for 30 minutes.


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