Monday, November 21, 2011

Gluten Free Low Glycemic Carrot Cake Recipe (and birthday boy in action)

We want to delay Xavi's experience with "white trash" as long as possible...I mean, he has his whole life to get loaded up on the stuff after I lose control of his diet, right? When he's a teenager?  I'm talking about white flour and white sugar = white trash.  So I looked for a cake that had no wheat flour and no refined sugars.  This one sounded great since it used almond meal AND coconut flour AND coconut oil....mmmm, yummy AND healthy.  It turned out very moist and tasty. Lots of our guests wanted to have some of this instead of the Costco cake that had two pounds of frosting on's definitely worth a try for your next tea party, first birthday cake (cousin Jeanne), retirement party (Gramma Nina) or treat that's not quite a guilt inducing, hide the evidence sweet satisfier.  Enjoy!

Golden Chalice Carrot Cake (borrowed from Pathways magazine, Issue 31)
11/2 cup almond meal flour (can use gluten free flour, but cover 5 min after baking for moisture)
1/2 cup organic quinoa, coconut, or amaranth flour (or combination)
2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
2 tsp organic cinnamon
1/4 tsp organic allspice
1/4 tsp organic cloves
1 tsp Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
1 cup virgin coconut oil (warmed just enough to liquefy)
1/2 tsp sweet leaf stevia or raw, powdered stevia leaf
1 cup raisin sauce (soak 1 cup of raisins in a jar with 1.5 cups water.  refrigerate overnight or can boil raisins in water until soft.  blend in blender to make paste.)
1 tsp. organic  vanilla extract or flavor
3 cups grated carrots
4 eggs
1/2 cup chopped organic walnuts (optional)

1. preheat oven to 350; grease and flour a 9x9x2 pan.
2. mix almond meal or flours, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt
3. blend in oil or ghee, vanilla extract, stevia, and raisin sauce
4. add grated carrots.  then eggs, one at a time, beating well after each time.
5. blend in walnuts if desired. (really good)
6. bake 30-40 minutes or til done. 
Cool and cover after 5-10' to maintain moisture if using flours other than nut meal.  Frost with cream cheese frosting OR leave it all unfrosted.
7. serve warm if not frosted, or at room temperature if frosted. 

Golden Chalice Cream Cheese frosting
8 oz softened organic cream cheese
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract or flavor
1 tbsp. organic pure maple syrup or 1/4 cup raisin sauce
1/2 tsp. sweet leaf stevia

1. mix together all ingredients until smooth.  spread immediately on room temperature cake
( I might double this next time as I like the frosting a bit thicker.  this amount just covered the top of the cake. We also sweetened it just a bit more than the recipe called for...add agave or other sweetener like raisin sauce or stevia to taste.)

1 comment:

  1. Mmmmmmm, sounds yummmmmmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I am also super jealous of that sunshine and green grass!!!!