PISTACHIO CARDAMOM ROSE LOAF (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)
For the cake
1 cup (125g) ground pistachios – unsalted raw pistachios ground up in the food processor
2/3 cup (70g) oat flour – plain rolled oats ground into a flour in the food processor. Use gluten-free if necessary
1/4 cup (40g) gluten-free plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 cup (120ml) coconut yoghurt
1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup
For the frosting
1 cup (150g) cashews
1/2 cup (120ml) milk of choice
3-4 tbsp maple syrup – depending on how sweet you want it
2 tsp beetroot powder. Or you can use a couple of drops of pink food colouring
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4-1/2 tsp rose water
To decorate: chopped pistachios and pomegranate seeds
Preheat your oven to 180ºC /160ºC fan/350ºF
Mix the ground pistachios, oat flour, gf flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom in a large bowl. Add the yoghurt and maple syrup and mix well to combine.
Transfer the batter into a loaf tin lined with parchment paper. I used a 22×12 cm loaf tin.
Bake for 35-40 minutes and leave to cool completely.
To make the frosting – simply add all the frosting ingredients into a blender/food processor and blend until smooth.
Once the cake has cooled down, spread with the frosting and decorate with chopped pistachios and pomegranate seeds.