CAKE! :) with berries & cream (free-from)!

Cake! 🙂 with berries & cream (free-from)!

It’s coffee time… coffee and cake that is! 😀 All over the UK at the end of last week, people were hosting coffee mornings in aid of the charity Macmillan cancer support. We had lots of cake in our house, like this luscious coffee cake… and this Victoria sponge 🙂 .

and a whole host of other sweets and savouries vying for attention!



As there was a wide range of people coming to show their support, the kitchen was not its usual Life Diet Health self, although that said, most ‘were’ dairy free, some gluten/egg free and even some refined sugar free too! 😀


Thank you so much for all the support (& cake eaters)! last week! We helped raise loads of pennies for this worthwhile cause! 🙂

Thinking what to post this week (and still in cake mode), I remembered that at our ladies lunch the other day we did an impromptu Life Diet Health experiment loosely based on a (standard ingredient) idea someone had seen… and we then had a delicious light fluffy berry cake within half an hour! 😀 Most definitely worth sharing and so wanting to have its ingredients swapped and changed about! 😛 I’m thinking apple and cinnamon, pineapple glazed with maple, chocolate with chocolate chips  😛 Yummy! 🙂 Let me know if you have a play with this and share your photos on instagram tagged @LifeDietHealth. 😀

Talking of sharing (because I couldn’t shouldn’t eat all the cake myself)! I’m taking this over to Deborah at the Plant Based Potluck Party and to Healthy Vegan Fridays with Mary Ellen & Kimmy?

Mixed Berry Cake (vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 9 tablespoons milk (we used unsweetened carton coconut)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • handful of mixed berries (we used frozen)


  1. Mix the chia seeds with the milk, stir well and leave to thicken for five minutes.
  2. Mash the bananas well (a fork is fine) and stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.
  3. Add the bicarbonate and salt to the flour then lightly fold into the mixture with the soaked chia seeds. Combine everything well (but gently) and spoon into an ovenproof dish.
  4. Top the cake batter with the berries (you can press them in slightly if you wish).
  5. Bake at gas mark 5 (375f / 190c) for 20-25 minutes. The cake is done when it is starting to pull away from the sides (a skewer test won’t work as the cake will stay sticky until cooled).
  6. Try and wait a bit for it to cool down before munching! Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • A surprisingly light & fluffy cake great on its own!
  • Dollop on some cream, or maybe custard or even ice-cream.
  • Change the fruit – try all raspberries, or pineapple and ginger.
  • Switch maple syrup for your favourite liquid sweetener.
  • Try using riper bananas for a naturally sweeter taste.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.



  • MaryEllen@VNutrition 7th October 2016 at 14:46

    Cake – yes please! It looks delicious and I love the berry topping! I also love the saying on the cake at the top!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    • Life Diet Health 7th October 2016 at 16:22

      🙂 Thanks Mary Ellen 🙂 This cake is unbelievably light too – which perfectly pairs with the berries. Yes, “let’s change lives with every slice” got lots of comments! Have a great weekend.

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts 7th October 2016 at 15:24

    It’s nice to discover another UK blogger and this looks delicious (discovered via Healthy Vegan Fridays). I will be giving it a try!

    • Life Diet Health 7th October 2016 at 16:24

      Hello Kari 🙂 Welcome to Life Diet Health 🙂 Thank you! Let me know how the cake turns out 🙂 I’ll pop over to you soon (I’ve got guests arriving in about an hour and I’m still experimenting in the kitchen)!

  • Kimmythevegan 9th October 2016 at 23:27

    What a great fundraiser! I’m glad you took part in such a worthwhile cause.
    Your mixed berry cake sounds delicious!! I myself am a bit of a chocolate lover, but my husband really prefers I make desserts more like this so I’m always on the lookout fruit-like cakes.
    I love that it’s gluten-free too =)

    • Life Diet Health 10th October 2016 at 22:35

      Yumyum… I can do chocolate too! 😛 In fact that is what I’ve been eating today – an unbelievably yummy vegan rocky road 🙂 Anyway, fruity cake is good too and I hope hubby approves (if you find the time). Thank you and yes, cake is always a good fundraiser… and I get to catch up with everyone! 🙂 winwin!

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