Gluten-Free Banana Muesli Pancakes

I made these from random pantry ingredients on Monday morning, posted a photo, and began receiving recipe requests immediately. So here's what I did!

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Serves 2-3 (2 hungry adults + a toddler)

½ cup rice flour ⅓ cup besan/chickpea flour (or buckwheat) ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch ¼ tsp cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/mixed spice/your favourite! ½ cup gluten-free muesli* 1 large banana 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1½ cups rice milk (or soy or almond) oil for cooking (I used coconut)

Mix together the flours, starch, cinnamon, and baking powder, sifting out any lumps and/or aerating with a whisk. Stir in the muesli.

In another bowl (or in a blender!), mash the banana and combine with the vanilla and milk.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients gently until "just mixed." If your muesli contains liquid-absorbing ingredients like oats, you may need to add

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lunch, main meals, Italian, rice

Lazy Risotto a la Rice Cooker

lunch, main meals, Italian, rice

I plan to be posting more frequently for the next while, so stay tuned for plenty of tasty gluten-free goodness... starting with this risotto.

This is by far the easiest way to make a good risotto. Ahh, sweet sweet (salty) laziness.

Serves 3-4.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup of arborio rice
440g (15oz) canned diced tomato
1/3 cup cooking wine
3 cups vegetable stock
3-4 handfuls of spinach/silverbeet, chopped
6-12 black kalamata olives, pitted & sliced
4 (or so) medium-large button mushrooms, sliced
1 small carrot, grated
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dried mixed Italian herbs
salt & pepper to taste

Method
1. Turn the cooker on with lid open, heat up oil, saute onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add rice, stir until coated with oil.
3. Add the vegetable stock, canned tomato, wine, mushroom, dry herbs. Stir until evenly distributed. Close rice cooker

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