* See the FODMAP Tips, Dairy Tips and Gluten Free Tips for the ingredient notes above the method.
Traditional Christmas cake is hard to make FODMAP friendly so I've created a delicious spiced carrot cake for my family to enjoy instead. I love adding pumpkin seeds and a low FODMAP serve of dried cranberries to help create a dense and filling cake. If you want to make this cake egg free you will need to use an egg replacer and swap the royal icing for a butter icing.
Decoration note: When you decorate your Christmas carrot cake make sure you use a fake poinsettia flower not a real one (the real ones are poisonous).
Note on dried cranberries: Dried cranberries are low FODMAP in small 1 tablespoon (13g) serves and contain moderate FODMAPs in 2 tablespoon (26g) serves. The amount of cranberries per serve in this recipe is less than 5.5g and is well within low FODMAP limits.
Check that the dried cranberries are sweetened with sugar and not apple juice.
Buy a gluten free plain flour or gluten free all purpose flour. The one I used contains these ingredients: maize starch, rice flour, tapioca starch, rice bran, & guar gum. Avoid flour blends that contain soy flour, chickpea/besan/gram/garbanzo bean flour, lentil flour, coconut flour, amaranth flour, or lupin flour.
Make your lemon juice and lemon zest from fresh lemon.
Make your orange juice and orange zest from fresh oranges.
Make sure the edible cake decoration pearls are made from low FODMAP ingredients. The main ingredients in mine were sugar, rice flour, vegetable fat, colours (163, 171), anti-caking agent (555), and stabilizer (1400).
Most icing sugars (powdered sugar) are gluten free, however some do contain wheat starch. This means you should check that your icing/powdered sugar is gluten free.
Herbs and spices are naturally gluten free, however they can become contaminated during manufacturing processes. If you are highly sensitive to gluten, check the dried herbs and spices do not contain a warning for trace gluten. If you are just on the low FODMAP diet you do not need to worry about this.
If you are highly sensitive to gluten, check all packaged products, processed meat (like bacon), nuts, seeds and dried fruit do not contain a warning for trace gluten. If you are just on the low FODMAP diet you do not need to worry about this.