Friday, August 19, 2011

GAPS Birthday Cake

Buddy turned five this week! I made him a GAPS Diet legal birthday cake and it was delish!

I made the Coconut Flour Orange Cake from this recipe. or here (you can leave out the baking powder) And then I frosted it with the Marshmallow Fluff recipe from here.   This was really good! I doubled the cake recipe to make a two layer cake. I would recommend taking the cake out of the pan before putting the orange juice over it (if you plan on serving it from another dish). I also used four egg whites instead of one in the Marshmallow Fluff, but the same amount of maple syrup called for. Frost this right before serving because the egg whites deflate as it sits. I think the maple syrup contributed to that. Even when it melted on the left over pieces it was delicious but it was ugly left over.

I use the coconut flour from Wilderness Family Naturals. You can buy it here or here. The Bob's Red Mill coconut flour is denser than the one I like to use. Just keep in mind that every company's coconut flour is a little different in consistency and that will determine the texture of your finished product. I like to make coconut flour pancakes with Bob's Red Mill coconut flour. But it makes more crumbly, dry bread. I will share my Coconut Flour Pancake Recipe and Coconut Flour Read Recipes soon. I use the Wilderness Family Naturals Coconut Flour for bread.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Cinnamon Almond Flour Cookies

I made these the other night with Buddy and they were YUMMY!. Considering I haven't had a cookie in about three months, I think anything that tastes close to a real cookie would be amazing to me at the moment. Be warned though, they are so good  you won't want to eat just one. But because of the oil and almond meal they are really filling. I got this recipe from Nourished and Nurtured.

"1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (you could use extra virgin coconut oil too)
5 Tb honey
1 Tb vanilla extract, preferably organic
2 1/2 cups almond flour, preferably from crispy almonds
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt 
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

Melt the butter in a small saucepan.  
Turn off heat, and stir in the honey and vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. 
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix well.
Drop by Tablespoon onto a stoneware or greased sheet pan.  
Don't flatten them as they will spread well on their own during baking. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-12 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. 
Allow the cookies to cool before moving them."

I used salted butter the first time I made these.  
If you use salted butter leave out the salt listed in the recipe.  
Baking Soda is not legal on GAPS Diet.  
I haven't tried it without the baking soda, it may still work. 
I will post an update when I do.

I think these would be good with raisins mixed in and some extra cinnamon.