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Chocolate Kahlua Banana Torte

11 May

chocolate kahlua banana torte

I have a fabulous recipe for a kahlua chocolate cake that is probably about one of the most unhealthy things you can choose to eat.  It has been known to give me a three-day sugar migraine.  So it’s VERY tasty, because the risk can sometimes seem worth the cost.  The other day I had a craving for that cake, but I really didn’t want to go there.   I whipped this up just to see if it would work.  It was so good.  High in protein, and nut free??  Yes, please.

Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas
12 large pitted dates
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1-2 tbsp honey (optional)
1 tbsp vanilla
6 eggs
1/4 c kahlua (sub strong black coffee)
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/3 c coconut flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life brand.)

Preheat oven to 350.  In a large food processor, combine the bananas, dates, honey, coconut oil and vanilla, blend until smooth–it will take few minutes to get the dates to grind down and completely “emulsify.”    Add in the eggs and kahlua.  Blend.  Add in the dry ingredients and blend until smooth.  (You may have to scrape down the sides from time to time to keep it well mixed.)  Add in the chocolate chips and pulse until just incorporated.  Pour into a prepared 8×8 dish, bake for 30 minutes, or until just set.  🙂

Disclaimer:  I do NOT believe “paleo” desserts are carte-blanche.   The inherent sweetness and “psychological” impact make this most certainly a special treat, and should be considered the same indulgence as any dessert.  However, this is life!  I am thankful God has led me to clean-ER options to satisfy my never-ending chocolate jones!

 Happy Birthday, Heather!!

Happy Birthday, Heather!!

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this goes so well with coffee 🙂

Enjoy!

Leigh

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

31 May

This was inspired by my Grammy’s signature “Hawaiian Wedding Cake” that she would make for my mom every year on her birthday. Knowing I had a lot to live up to, I tried my own version when my mom came up for a visit. The verdict was….she LOVED it!

It turned out to be a delightful grain free treat perfect for any special occasion and sure to please any audience. How could it not be with so many favorite things: coconut, pineapple, nuts and cream?!

For cake:

8 eggs
1/2 cup raw honey
1 20oz can pineapple in 100% juice, drained (reserve juice)
2 Tbs pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
1 cup finely chopped nuts (I prefer combo of walnuts/pecans)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in large food processor or standing mixer until a nice batter forms. Liberally grease 2x 9in cake pans or 1 9×13 pan with coconut oil. Distribute batter accordingly. Bake for 35-40 minutes until cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on counter. Remove from pans and refrigerate between pieces of parchment paper until you are ready to frost.

For frosting:
8oz full fat cream cheese

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients in standing mixer and whip on med-high speed until thick and fluffy. Frost cake as you wish once cakes have cooled. There will be plenty of frosting leftover depending on how you decorate!
 
Decorating ideas:

Use nuts to form a pretty design or top with pineapple chunks, crushed pineapple, or lightly toasted unsweetened coconut.

If you need something a little faster, try cupcakes! The above recipe makes about 18 yummy cupcakes!

Best,

Heather

Quick “Lara” Balls

27 Feb

I love having primal snacks on hand for my children!  Ok, for myself too.  These little no-bakes are absolutely delicious as a dessert or snack.  Even though they  have no added sugar, my non-primal neighbor told me that they tasted like cookie dough!  Here is my go-to recipe for those of you who need exact measurements  🙂
I love dates for their mysteriously carmellicious flavor.

1 c pitted dates
1 c unsweetened coconut
2 c unsalted nuts of choice
(I use sunflower seeds and sliced almonds, they grind down very well)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla extract
a few tbsp water

Place dates and coconut in food processor, blend until finely ground.  Add in the nuts, blend to an even texture.   Add salt and vanilla.  Blend until it begins to stick together.  You may have to add water by the tablespoonful to the mixer to get it to stick.

Form into small bite-sized balls.  (Kids with clean hands love helping on this part!) These are fantastic for the kids’ lunches, dessert, or as a portable energy source for you!

Enjoy!
Leigh

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