Well I have been very excited to do today's blog first because I haven't done a sweet treat recipe in a while and 2nd because today's recipe will be my husband Lynn's cake for his birthday tomorrow. I will admit that I have made sweet treats with dates but never a CAKE with a nut powder that is HEALTHY so this is a first. I also did NOT even know you could make frosting with Greek Yogurt. I'll tell you when you start exploring options out there what you discover is there are a TON of them. Lots of HEALTHY ways to make all kinds of things. SO my advice to you if you did NOT know this, is step out and TRY some of these recipes. Try something NEW this week.
Alright, for my moment of truth, I made the recipe I am about to give you once and, well, all I can say is, I am still thinking about my son's face after he took his one and only bite lol it still makes me laugh 2 hours later. It was priceless and I wish I had a camera ready because he had a look of HORROR on his face. He is a very expressive kid and he took one bite and got this look of disbelief on his face that was like "COULD THIS REALLY TASTE SO BAD". Oh my goodness I am still laughing while writing this because really it was soooooooo TRUE. My first batch of mini cakes were HORRIBLE. We all took a bite and WOW - YUCK! I will tell you though they looked and smelled delish - our noses really tricked us.
Hahaha OK well because I am COMMITTED to making Lynn's b-day cake and I want it to be a HEALTHIER version, I went back to the drawing board and started over. Thank goodness it is an easy, quick recipe. In this picture below you see my daughter, Erica, with unsweetened Cocoa weellllll, I decided to switch that out of the recipe and put in chocolate morsels instead.
Here is a picture of the batter and then Erica putting them in the ramekins.
I also have to admit that my intention was to go on Pinterest and find a recipe for today but instead I used my old stand-by of using Google. So yep I Googled a healthy choc cake recipe and discovered this great website. The website is now called Purely Twins, it used to be called pure2raw. It is sisters that are into eating healthy and living healthy so if you get a chance, go check out their site. They seem to have quite a few SWEET desert like recipes so I am sure you can find another recipe you might like to try there for any special occasions you have coming up.
Here is the recipe:
pure2raw recipe: walnut carob mini cakes (gluten free, grain free, low sugar, dairy free, soy free)
inspired by our carob mini grain free cakes
prep-time: 5 minutes
makes 2-4 mini cakes (we got ours to make 4 small mini cakes, feel free to make it for 2)
- 1/2 cup ground walnuts ( or any nut meal)
- 1/2 cup carob powder ( could do cocoa)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 egg whites
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir. Scoop batter into lightly oiled 4 ramekins. Place ramekins into your oven pre-heated to 350 degrees. Bake mini cakes for 30 minutes.
Let cool before removing from ramekins.
*if you want a little sweeter cake add a few drops of liquid stevia or 1 tbsp maple syrup
**we used carob as it helps give them a little more flavor and natural sweetness. you may use cocoa powder and depending what type of cocoa you use the cakes will vary in flavor.
Now if you notice the recipe, it says to use carob powder which I did not have and I still have NO IDEA what that is but I did have cocoa, so I used that IN THE FIRST BATCH. Bitter is the word that best describes the first batch. But I also did not put stevia in to sweeten it either. So with that in mind, what I did with my 2ND BATCH was to make it just like the recipe says but I PUT DARK CHOCOLATE MORSELS in to replace the cocoa or carob powder and I also added Stevia to sweeten it UP!!.
LOVE! Yep it was a WINNER and because it is going to be a mini Birthday cake I decided to find a healthy frosting too. Did the same with the frosting but had remembered one I read of that used Chobani Greek Yogurt so looked specifically for a healthy frosting recipe that uses Chobani Greek Yogurt and can't even remember where I got it but here is the FROSTING RECIPE:1 c Low-fat Chobani Greek Yogurt 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder Stevia to taste and I put in about 10 drops
I gotta admit here that the frosting on it's OWN IS A TREAT. LOVE it and so does my daughter. If you like Greek Yogurt you will love this frosting recipe. Now tomorrow I will add 2 candles that say 45 for Lynn's 45 birthday and we will sing him Happy Birthday at breakfast when he will have his CAKE. That is our Lingenfelter tradition. Hope you give this recipe a try and if you do be sure to stop back and let us know how it turned out for you. Be sure to LIKE this if you like it so your friends can see it too or TWEET or Google + whatever! THANK YOU
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