Sunday, October 3, 2010

Who says we can't have your cake and eat it too?

Well since most frostings have sugar in them, we haven't been able to find one without, Rob made us Chocolate Cake today, using our Coconut/Almond Pancake Mix Recipe Found Here:  He added about 1/8-1/4 cup of Cocoa using Special Dark Cocoa, then a little extra sweetener (ZSweet).  Then for the frosting it is any Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, except for storebought powdered sugar which he can't have he made his own using ZSweet/Arrowroot Powder.  For each cup of sugar (Zsweet) you are going to make Powdered sugar out of then add 1-2 Tablespoons of a starch (arrowroot).  He made it powdered in a coffee/spice grinder :-)  Then he added Cocoa to it.  It's REALLY yummy!  We cooked it in a sandwich maker in our office :-)  So the only calories in the icings if from the butter/cream cheese.

For simplicity here's the recipe all in one spot:
Cake Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 T Virgin coconut oil or butter, melted
2 T milk (can use coconut milk)
2 T Stevia or Zsweet
1/4 t salt
1 T sifted coconut flour
2 T Almond Flour
1/2 t baking powder or substitution (1 part Baking Soda, 2 parts Cream of Tartar. 2 parts Starch (we used Arrowroot flour)
capful or Vanilla
1/8-1/4 cup of Cocoa using Special Dark Cocoa
Blend together eggs, oil, milk, sugar & salt. Combine coconut & almond flours with baking powder & thoroughly mix into batter. Heat 1 T coconut oil in a skillet (we've found about 375 on an electric skillet works well for pancakes. Spoon batter onto hot skillet making pancakes about 2 & 1/2 to 3" in diameter. Batter will be thick, but will flatten out when cooking. Makes about 8 pancakes.

Chocolate Frosting *adjust ingredients as needed to taste
1 package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar (1 cup of ZSweet, 2 T arrowroot powder, blended in blender or coffee/spice grinder).
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

We are Rob & Heather, have been happily married for 8 years. Well the day before (August 23rd, 2010) Rob's 40th Birthday we got some scary news from the Dr, he felt that Rob is sensitive/allergic to grains and they were creating a constant inflammatory process in his body. So this is our journey to be Healthy while Living Grain Free! What exactly is a grain free diet? Click Here to see what a Grain Free Diet is All About

Favorite Substitutions

These are some of our favorite substitutions:
When we say we use Baking Powder we use a substitution
Baking Powder Substitution
Our Favorite Sugar Substitute: ZSweet Natural Sweetener
Replacement for regular flour