By the headline you’d think I cannot cook to save my life. That is not entirely true. I might not be the most enthusiastic cook but when I am feeling it I can really deliver. Fact.
I had never tried Flora Freedom before, and when I received my hamper and found out about the new flavours – avocado & lime, coconut & almond and walnut – and the recipes created by Benjamina Ebuehi using the spreads, I was ready to give a go.
Flora Freedom is a dairy free range of spreads, also free from artificial preservatives, colours and flavours and certified by the Vegan Society. The spreads can be used for cooking, baking and of course, spreading. They have 45-60% less fat than butter and 100% of the oils used come from plants.
Obviously, I was immediately drawn to the Avocado oil and Lime flavour and it quickly became my go to bread spread for my usual breakfast of avocados and boiled egg.
Also great for cooking omelettes or adding garlic, chopped herbs or black pepper for a special spread. I like with coriander.
I also used it to make one of the recipes, the avocado and lime buckwheat pancakes, which I really liked as they have two options – one vegetarian and one for the meat eaters.
I went for the veggie one and if you want, you can try them using the recipe below – it’s pretty easy!
Avocado & Lime Buckwheat Pancakes
- Servings: 4 (2 pancakes each)
- Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
300ml semi skimmed milk, 55g wholemeal flour, 55g buckwheat flour, 1 egg, 25 g Flora Freedom Avocado & Lime, melted
Cooked beetroot (diced), 50g goats cheese (sliced), 1 avocado (sliced).
2 avocados (sliced), 4 rashers bacon, 175g cherry tomatoes (halved), handful coriander (chopped).
- For the batter: place flours in a mixing bowl, add egg and gradually whisk in milk, beating well. Stir in a teaspoon of the melted Flora.
- Heat a little of the remaining Flora in a frying pan and pour in a little batter, tip pan to spread. Cook until underside is golden brown and then cook other side. Repeat until all batter is used.
- Divide your chosen filling between the pancakes and fold or roll.
I was, actually, very surprised at the coconut & almond one, it’s delicious on toast! It is the perfect spread for sweeter breads, and Benjamina suggests it on shortbread, in the topping of fruit crumble or – my favourite option – melted to make homemade granola.
The walnut flavour is nutty and great for shortcrust pastry, cheese biscuits and cake icing!
I have to say that overall, I was quite impressed with the flavours in the range, even alone as spreads. I don’t have any dietary requirements, but feel they are not a “tasteless” options to satisfy a special diet, but tasty for every day use.
You might find the coconut one very pale, but it is some proof that no artificial colours have been used!
Each 225g Flora Freeedom Dairy Free tub retails for £1.50 (RRP). There are tons of free recipes on flora.com