Grain Free Canapes

Oct 18, 2013 | Recipes, Snacks + Treats

GBBO MRFThe quarter-final happened this week! That means time has gone by so very quickly – 9 whole weeks.

I hope you have been enjoying this little series of mine. From Custard Cups, to Soda Bread Loaves to Trifles – it has been health food galore – with only one more week to go!

This week I decided something savoury was needed so I am sharing with your some simple canape recipes for those occasions when you want to wow people with tiny pre-dinner food. I used to work in my teenage years  as a waitress and used to be one of those lovely ladies who offered canapes around at weddings and would happily just eat a meals worth of them when no one was looking!

bacon blankets


This first canape I take no credit for. My beautiful sister in love (I prefer that to ‘law’) made these for us last christmas and what a genius she is.

I call them Bacon Blankets and consist of two ingredients – bacon and dates and are perhaps the easiest thing to make ever! Perhaps not elegant or sophisticated,  as bacon rarely look anything other than pig – but these are truly delicious so I doubt anyone will care!

Bacon Blankets

Kezia Hall + Claire Merrick
Quick, delicious and super easy grain free, GAPS/SCD, Paleo, canapes that are perfect for festive occasions.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 portions


  • 10 Organic Dates - ones with no added sugars/syrups
  • 10 Rashers Free Range/Organic streaky Bacon


  • Take one date and wrap one rasher of bacon around it tightly and place on a greased tray or grill pan.
  • Repeat process with all dates and bacon slices.
  • Cook in oven at 180c for about 10-15mins or cook under a medium grill, turning regularly for about 10 mins.
  • Enjoy.


Easy to prep before hand and simple to make lots. They are pretty rich so you don't need very many of them, but are perfect appetisers.
Just add more dates and bacon for more people!
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 The next canape is born out of my love of mini oatcakes – which I can’t currently eat (here’s why). So I have made an ode to them and although they taste nothing like oatcakes the look similar and are brilliant for  any topping you like.They have a lovely cheesy, warm flavour, and are perfect base of any topping (plus they look cute when all lined up!) I enjoy smoked salmon so thats my topping of choice but as you can see from the images I also enjoyed them topped with my Chutney and some lettuce – so feel free to add your topping of choice. 

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Add some crispy lettuce and chutney for a probiotic canape!

These are cheesy and simple to make and the perfect base for relishes, chutneys, anchovies, cheeses, grated apple/pear or anything else you fancy.

Cheddar Bites

Kezia Hall
Easy canapes that are grain free, tasty flavoured with strength of cheddar and warmth of cayenne pepper.
Servings 16 portions


  • 75 g Ground Linseeds
  • 25 g Red Spilt Lentils
  • 20 g Grated Organic Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper - pinch each
  • 3 Pinches of Cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 Organic Eggs
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil melted
  • Topping
  • Smoked salmon organic cream cheese, pepper, chutney, romaine lettuce - in whatever quantities your wish!


  • Preheat oven 180c.
  • Blend all the dry ingredient together.
  • The make a well and break in the eggs and mix well. Add the coconut oil and mix throughly.
  • The get two sheets of grease proof paper. Place the dough sandwiched between each sheet and using a rolling pin roll until 1/2 cm thin.
  • Tip - Keep peeling off the top sheet of paper to ensure is doesn't stick too much.
  • Then get yourself a round cutter and flip the rolled out dough over - still sandwiched in the paper and peel back the new top layer of grease proof paper .
  • Cut out the small round circles and place on greased and lined baking tray.
  • Cook for 15 mins at 170c and then for an hour at 75-100c to allow them to dry out.


You can easily make these ahead of time and then freeze them.
Cant find ground linseeds ? You could use a coffee grinder to make them fine, or put them in a small food processor for a couple of minute or feel free to substitute ground almonds for linseeds and lentils combined - this should work fine you may just need to use more ground almonds as they are less absorbent.
What are your favourite go to canapes? Have you been enjoying the bake off?

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