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Healthy Grain & Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

29 Jul

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I know I have joked before but I have been seriously thinking that I may have to change this blog to a dessert blog!!

Nearly all my recipes are desserts, What does that say about me??

I swear we eat more than just cake!. But if I could only eat this scrummy chocolate cake for the rest of my life, I would die a happy woman.

This cake is so moist & delectable, it has a yummy hint of coconut & slight honey taste that is not overpowering at all, I hate cakes that just taste like honey, honey & more honey. This cake tastes like a Ferrero Rocher chocolate that has been rolled in coconut……….mmmmmm

This cake has even passed the toddler test, “little one” ate the whole thing & even declared it yummy!!

She has taken to spitting out Mama’s food & declaring it either “bad” or “real bad” lately, but this cake ticked all of her boxes.

Eat it on its own or top it with the chocolate frosting…….you will love it!

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Healthy Grain & Dairy Free Chocolate Cake a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 2/3 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 c hazelnut meal
  • 1/2 c cacao powder
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2/3 c honey
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 c coconut oil
  • 1 1/3 c almond milk
  • 2 t vanilla

Place the first five ingredients in a bowl & whisk to combine. Add the remaining ingredients & mix well with a blender to combine and make a wet but smooth batter. Pour your batter into greased & floured cake or cupcake pans. Bake at 175 degrees for 15 – 25 minutes depending on the size of cakes you make.

I always make mini cupcakes as I can not trust myself to cut this cake, monster wedges of cake anyone??

Top this cake with coconut frosting or leave it plain, you will love it 🙂

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Chocolate Coconut Frosting ala Mama Going Natural

  • 1 can of coconut cream – refrigerate for several hours or leave it over night to solidify
  • 3 T cacao powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 – 4 T honey or maple syrup

Open your coconut cream & pour off the liquid (save it for another baking session). Pour the solid coconut cream into a bowl, add the remaining ingredients & whip till it makes frosting. If it ends up being too runny refrigerate your mixture & whip again once cold. This frosting keeps well at cool temperatures but needs to be eaten straight out of the refrigerator in the heart of summer or you will be eating chocolate sauce 🙂

Go forth, Be Merry & Eat Cake

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Grain Free Dim Sum’s

14 Apr

We love Dim Sums.

Steamed balls of deliciousness – plain & simple.

Soft melt in your mouth pastry filled with the tastiest pork filling dipped in sticky, sweet soy dipping sauce. Mmmm, I am salivating at the thought.

Going healthy means giving up our Dim Sums, right?

Not for this Mama Going Natural.

After a few dismal failures we have finally hit on a Dim Sum recipe to rival our local Chinese shop. Actually a certain member of the family claims them to be better than the “Real McCoy” – now that’s high praise indeed.

So whats the secret to making delicious “Grain Free” Dim Sums – lettuce.

I know what your thinking “Ohh Gross”, lettuce belongs in salads – right?. Wrong!. Lettuce is the star & hero of this dish. It wraps around your succulent filling giving it a moist, soft, yet slightly crispy shell that is to die for.

Don’t believe me – try them – I dare you – I double dare you!!

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And I promise you that this recipe will make it into your family favourites, as it has mine 🙂

Healthy Grain Free Dim Sums a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

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  • Aprox 10 large iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Toothpicks  – for securing your rolls
  • 500gm Pork mince
  • 1/2 an onion finely diced
  • 1 T super finely diced Ginger
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/8 t chilli powder
  • 1/2 t honey
  • 1 t Tamari
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1 1/2 c finely diced cabbage

Cooking Water

  • 3 star anise
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 T Tamari

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 T ginger grated
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T Tamari
  • 1/4 t chilli powder

Mix all of the above Dim Sum ingredients together well in a bowl (minus the lettuce leaves & toothpicks). Set the mix to the side and wash your lettuce leaves. Place sausage shapes of the mix down the middle of each leaf & roll the leaf around the meat mix, securing with a toothpick. Don’t worry about the ends being tucked under as the mix holds together well in simmering water.

Once you have all of your lettuce rolled Dim Sums made fill a large pot 1/2 full with water & add all of the cooking water ingredients. Let it come to a gentle simmer. Don’t put your Dim Sum’s in boiling water as this may cause them to disintegrate. Cook your Dim Sums for approximately 10 minutes per batch & drain well.

To make the dipping sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl & season with salt & pepper to taste.

Break out the chopsticks and prepare to have your taste bud’s rocked!

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Now credit where credit is due. This is actually a healthier adaptation of my little sister’s Dim Sum recipe, so kudos has to go out to Lillie for making a rocking Dim Sum & inspiring me to “healthy it up” a little.

For the record while she did concede my Dim Sums were nice, she has decided to stick with the pastry originals – what can I say, she’s a purist like that!

Till Next time

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