If you have looked at my Facebook page you will have seen the recipe that inspired this recipe.
I liked the recipe because it looked like it may be something that I would eat in the morning. Mostly I don’t want to eat in the morning, I am very satisfied to have a juice or a tea. But when I do feel I need to eat then it will be an urge I cannot ignore. I can eat cereals and breads (those typical things) but I find that they very rarely fulfil their promise of keeping me full until lunchtime. Even porridge (- with a banana on it!) which seems to do it for everybody else, will have me scouting around for something 30 minutes later.
So I thought the original recipe looked like it had potential, but I didn’t want the sugar, I wanted it Vegan and I wanted to add more ingredients that would rack up the nutritional content as well as really extending the ‘full up filling’.
And, as you will have noticed, I am loving the RAW! foods, so I decided to fill this with a seriously delicious RAW! cream.
Bearing all that in mind, it is a great little cake. It is delicious (do not expect chocolate fudge sweetness) and after eating it I did not have a serotonin crash, didn’t have a weird bloating and belly ache and that horrid sense of ‘just ate something that will do me no favours and it didn’t even taste nice’.
I love a ‘Win, Win’ situation!
Blueberry Superfood Layer Cake
Gluten free, No Added Sugar, Vegan
150 ml fresh carrot (or orange) juice
5 tsp ground golden linseeds
30 g / 1 oz Chia seeds
1 tsp Vanilla extract
240 g/ 8 oz coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
60 g / 2 oz goji berries (or raisins – this is the sweetness) ground in a food processor
30 g / 1 oz Sunflower seeds ground in a food processor
30 g / 1 oz Pumpkin seeds ground in a food processor
1 tbsp Maca Root Powder
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder
100 ml Almond milk
60 ml / 2 fl oz Coconut oil
180 g/ 6 oz raspberries (or Blueberries, what you like)
4 oz Pine nuts
Grease and parchment line 2 x 23 cm cake tins.
Pre heat the oven to Gas 4/ 350˚F/180˚C.
Soak the chia seeds
and ground linseeds
in the carrot juice for 30 minutes. It will start to thicken.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt,
goji berries, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, maca root and Lucuma.
Give it a whisk to mix.
Melt the coconut oil.
Add the oil, almond milk and vanilla into the juice chia seed mix and give it a whisk.
Now whisk the wet into the dry.
Fold in the fresh fruit (my choice today was raspberries).
Divide evenly between the two tins and smooth over evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes. Swap their positions in the oven half way through the cooking time.
Cook on wire racks in the tin for 20 minutes. Then turn out and remove the parchment paper.
RAW! Delicious Filling
1 medium avocado
30 ml / 1 fl oz coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp lemon/ lime juice
240 g / 8 oz almonds
Pinch of salt
60 g /2 oz agave nectar
1 tbsp Lucuma powder
Grind the almonds in a coffee grinder until almost a butter.
Then blend the avocado, vanilla, lime juice, salt, Lucuma and agave nectar in the food processor until smooth and creamy.
Add in the almonds and blend again, add the coconut oil and blend just for another 2 seconds.
Spread onto the cooled cake.
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