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30
Aug 14

Healthy Brazil Nut Coconut Cake

healthy brazil nut cake In her most recent email, Chelsea was glowing about the cakes available in Brazil. Apparently we are missing out big time. She has promised to send exact recipes for these “simply divine” cakes! We haven’t seen any recipes yet, but hearing all about these traditional Brazilian cakes, we learned that popular flavors include coconut and dulce de leche. Chelsea has been in Brazil almost 9 months and with her birthday coming up tomorrow, we got creative and came up with this one!

sugar-free brazil nut cake This cake contains many different aspects of “Brazilian” cakes. We don’t know if it can be termed traditional by any means but based on flavors praised in Chelsea’s emails, we figured we weren’t too far off. This cake is really just fun for it’s name! All we know is that it tastes ridiculously delicious with the honey-sweetened meringue frosting, caramel-like filling and loads of coconut.

From Chelsea’s advice, we brushed the cake with coconut milk to make it extra flavorful and creamy. This practice is very common in Brazil. It’s a brilliant step and frankly, is one that Americans need to adapt more often! It offsets the nutty, firmer texture to make a wonderfully soft cake. This cake is also naturally gluten-free!! A base of ground Brazil nuts, rice flour and eggs may be simple for a cake, but yields terrific flavor. We love that it’s not too sweet and is so healthy, you won’t have to resist the urge for seconds and thirds!

healthy brazilian coconut cake

Happy Birthday, Chelsea! Sending lots of love your way!

Healthy Brazil Nut Coconut Cake (gluten-free and dairy-free)
Print Recipe

Nut Cake:
3/4 cup Brazil Nuts
11/4 cup Brown Rice Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
5 Large Eggs
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 8″ cake pans. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs and honey on high speed until light and frothy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. In a food processor, process the brazil nuts, rice flour and baking powder until a nutty flour. Add the flour to the eggs and gently fold into the mixture until combined. Pour into 2 greased pans and bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Custard Caramel Filling:
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
1/3 cup Water
3 Large Egg Yokes
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1/4 teaspoon Corn Starch

In a sauce pan, combine the coconut sugar and water on medium heat with a candy thermometer. Bring the mixture to 200 degrees. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine the egg yokes, coconut milk and corn starch until combined. Pour this into the coconut sugar mixture. Cook on medium heat, stirring, for a couple minutes until it begins to thicken. The coconut sugar will make this filling darker in color so be careful not to burn. Remove from heat once it begin to thicken.

Meringue Frosting:
1/2 cup Egg Whites (about 4 egg whites)
2/3 cup Honey
1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/2 teaspoon Liquid Vanilla Stevia

In a sauce pan, bring the honey to a boil on medium heat. Stir occasionally. Honey will darken in color and begin to foam. Meanwhile, in a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium high speed until they begin to froth and lighten in color. Turn speed up to high and begin whipping until soft peaks form. Continue beating for another 30 seconds and add the cream of tartar. When honey has darkened in color and has begin to bubble, begin adding honey slowly to the egg mixture, while mixing at high speed, over the course of a minute or so. When the honey has all been added, the meringue should be slightly shiny and have a firm peak. Add the stevia extract and beat until incorporated.

TO ASSEMBLE:

1/2-2/3 cup unsweetened Coconut Shreds
4 Tablespoons Coconut Milk

Place one cake on a cake stand or platter. Brush the cake with 2 tablespoons coconut milk, including the sides of the cake. Spread the caramel filling all over the cake, about 1/2 inch thick. Place the second cake on top. Brush with coconut milk. Cover the cake with meringue frosting. Top with coconut shreds and serve. Store cake covered in the refrigerator.

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26
Aug 14

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Tell those regular chocolate chip cookies to move over. Today, white is the new black.

White chocolate chip cookies have been on our “to-bake list” for a while now. We’ve been dreaming up a cookie with buttery nuts and creamy white chocolate. Something involving bourbon vanilla and butter. This dream just kept sounding better and better and we were going to make them a reality!

healthy white chocolate cookies

We’ve been waiting to make these cookies until we came up with our healthy white chocolate chip recipe. White chocolate is impossible to find sugar-free (we still aren’t sure it even exists). Since we couldn’t find white chocolate chips that were made with natural ingredients, we finally made our own. Turns out that homemade white chocolate chips don’t taste too shabby and they bake pretty nicely. These chips actually don’t melt into a runny mess so they stay kind of fudgy even after baking. Yum!

white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

A bit less sweet than the artificially sweetened ones and with a richer, creamier flavor, these chips pack incredible flavor into sugar-free macadamia nut cookies. The results are luscious cookies with a balance of creamy and crunchy and chewy in every bite.

 

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Print Recipe

3 Sticks Organic Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar
1 cup Powdered Honey or Erythritol
3 Large Organic Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 1/3-4 1/2 cups Spelt Flour
2/3-3/4 cup Macadamia Nuts
2/3 cup Homemade White Chocolate Chunks or Chips

Cream together butter, coconut sugar and other sweetener in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the rising agents and vanilla. Add 4 cups of spelt flour and mix. Add the last 1/3 cup and mix. If your dough is a bit too shiny, add an extra couple tablespoons. Dough shouldn’t be sticky or super oily. Mix in the nuts and chocolate chips. Scoop out dough into 1″ balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until cookies have become golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before removing. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Yields 55-58 cookies

 


21
Aug 14

25 Healthy and Easy Coconut Sugar Recipes

We have been using coconut sugar for about 3 years now and we are soooo excited that this natural sweetener is gaining more popularity! It is an incredible white sugar alternatives with some great benefits. You have probably seen this sweetener at your local grocery store or healthy food store. You might know that coconut sugar is a natural sugar substitute and comes from coconut. What you might not know is that coconut sugar has an amazing brown sugar flavor despite the sugar’s name. For more on coconut sugar, see this post here.

It’s true that we love coconut sugar and if you take a look at our Recipes by Sweeteners under the coconut sugar section, there are a lot of coconut sugar recipes! For the beginner, this might seem overwhelming. We narrowed that list down to 25 recipes. These are our favorite tried-and-true, most made, most adored family favorite coconut sugar recipes. If you are just starting to experiment with sugar-free baking – start with these ones!

Naturally Sweet Coconut Sugar Recipes:

Peanut Butter Fudge Caramel Pretzel Candy Bars

peanut butter fudge caramel bars 2

Naturally Sweet Supreme Chocolate Brownies

Healthy Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Healthy Sweet Potato Chips

Chocolate Raspberry Roll Cake

Homemade Almond Baklava

almond baklava 2

Buckeye Brownies

Healthy Candied Pecans

Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Creme Brûlée

Martha Stewart's Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

French Silk Brownies

naturally sugar free french silk browniesHealthy Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Naturally Sweet Cinnamon Pull-Apart Rolls

cinnamons pull aparts

Healthy Nutella

“Brown Sugar” Glazed Carrots

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Halfway Cookie Bars

Naturally Sweetened Halfway Cookies Bars

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Healthy Cinnamon Baking Chips

Healthy Almond Butter Cookies

 

Coconut sugar is delicious in so many recipes! Try it and love it as much as we do!

If you have tried coconut sugar before, what are your favorite recipes using coconut sugar?

If you are new to coconut sugar, what recipes are you most interested to try?

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