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Gluten free orange and vanilla sponge cake

Published 2013-06-01 10:12:00 i Baking, GI recipes,

This cake was beyond my expectations. Absolutely delicious and with no flour or butterl. I promise, it's possible! Really fluffy, moist and full of flavour and good stuff that will provide your body will nutrition as well as making your tastebuds dance from happiness!
So how is it possible? I found the recipe on this blog, however I switched over a couple of things, so here's how I made it:
  • 400 grams of cooked big white beans.
  • 1 tsp of raw vanilla powder
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3-4 eggs (depending on size)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
Prepare the oven (165 degrees Celsius) and prepare the baking tin by either oiling it, or wrapping baking paper on the inside. Mix the ingredients above with a rod mixer (or food processor) until it's a smooth puré. Then add:
  • 5 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Mix once more, and then pour the mixture in the baking tin. I warn you, don't taste the mix or you will eat it all up before it's cooked! Bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes. The cake should be just like an ordinary cake and not be "wet" if you poke it with a stick.
Serve as it is, or as a snack with some fresh fruit/berries and cottage cheese. Or why not with your breakfast. After all, it DOES contain more healthy stuff, than unhealthy ;)

Loaf of bread with nuts & seeds (gluten free and vegan)

Published 2013-04-23 17:58:31 i Baking,

Found this recipe of a bread without any flour. Just packed full of healthy nuts and seeds that will satisfy you for hours, provide your body with essentials fats like omega 3 & 6, protein, and minerals such as magnesium, zink, and calcium. 
Studies have shown that eating nuts and seeds on a regular basis can help reduce bad cholesterol, helps protect artery walls from damage, and protects against inflammations.
Here is the recipe: My New Roots.

Avocado chocolate cake

Published 2013-04-05 09:43:39 i Baking, GI recipes,

If it was a success? I'd say so! I liked it a lot, Chris ate it quite happily, but who knows if he liked it or not. At least he didn't spit it out. In the end he said "it's a typical Swedish type of cake, not my favourite", haha! It's not sweet at all like your average cake, but not bitter or boring at all either.
For 1 small cake (4 servings) I used:
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1½ dl of coconut flour
  • ½ dl dinkel flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 dl milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp stevia sweetener (not my favourite choice of sweetener, use what you like)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
I started by trying to mash up the avocado, but decided it was just going to be chunky and horrible, so I ended up putting all ingredients in a bowl and brought out the rod mixer and just mixed it all. To begin with I only had ½ dl of milk, but it ended up way too thick, so I added until I got the consistency I wanted, probably about 2 deciliters. Bake in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius, for maybe 20 minutes? Let the cake rest for a while before eating it, to cool down. 
It should have almost a fudgy texture when done, slightly moist. It was lovely served with some whipped cream. Hope you enjoy!
Kan man göra chokladkaka på avocado? Jajamän! Med konsistens som godis fudge, och kraftig och inte så söt chokladsmak, tycker jag nog att denna kaka var en succe. Om man gillar den eller inte är såklart helt individuellt, den är inte så söt som vanlig chokladkaka, och kokosmjölet ger en annan slags konsistens, men tillsammans med lite vispad grädde tycker jag allt att den var helt underbar :-)


Published 2012-12-09 21:21:45 i Baking, GI recipes,

Just made some bread cause I fancied doing something, and because we are going out tomorrow, so I thought we could bring baguettes for lunch! 
This is how I made it:
  • 20 grams of dry yeast
  • 1½ dl luke warm water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dl chopped nuts of your choice
  • 3 dl organic dinkelflour
  • 1 dl rye flour
Mix the yeast in water, then add salt, honey, nuts and oil. Mix. Add flour (the mixture should be a little wet). Let rise for as long as the yeast packet says. Mine only had to rise for 20 minutes. Take out of the bowl and work the dough into a long baguette. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 250 degrees C.

Nutty apple crumble

Published 2012-09-29 21:12:00 i Baking, GI recipes,

It may not look like much to the world, but gosh was this nice! This just proves that a ton of butter and sugar is not needed to make things taste nice, only a little bit is enough :-)
Nutty apple crumble for two:
  • 2 large apples
  • ½ deciliter hazelnuts
  • ½ deciliter cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp rye flour
  • ½ deciliter oats
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • cinnamon and cardamom

Peel and cut up the apples, and place them in a buttered, oven safe tray. Put a little bit of water in with them. Mix together the other ingredients in a food processor until it is like a paste. Put on top of apples. Put in the oven at 175 degrees for 20 minutes (I did it slightly too hot, hence the dark colour, haha!). Serve with whipped cream, or quark if you prefer for a bit more protein and less fat. We had it plain.

This was just delicious! Great for a Saturday evening treat.

Now my friends, I'm going to place myself on the sofa, with a cup of herbal tea and my new book: Fifty Shades of Grey!

Banana muffins

Published 2012-09-26 12:51:00 i Baking, GI recipes, Snacks, Things that make me happy,

I had invited a friend over for coffee this morning, as mentioned in the post below, and wanted to bake something nice to serve with it, but still something that was healthy. I saw this recipe and thought it would be a good idea to do something similar. My recipe turned out to be more like muffins, and I decided to go with a more "cake" like topping of whipped cream (20%).
Banana muffins (makes about 6 muffins):
  • 1 deciliter oats
  • ½ deciliter dinkel flour
  • ½ deciliter rye flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Kesella (quark)
Put the oven at 175 degrees Celsius. Mix everything together with a rod mixer and portion in an oiled muffintray. Bake in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes.
This was so quick and easy to make, and at the same time not too bad for you. Using agave nectar instead of sugar and using oats, dinkel and rye instead of wheat flour keeps the blood sugar level more steady. Bananas are great for sweetness too. Quark instead of butter takes fat content down alot and still provides nice moisture to the cake.
Each muffin contain approximately 120 calories :-)

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