PALEO MATCHA CAKE

I had my worst hypoglycemia episode in 2005 just before moving to Chicago. I had sold my Pastry Workshop in 1 hour and was ready to change my life to move to Chicago to pursue my dreams to study a Pastry program abroad. It was a very stressful 2 months to say the least. I fainted and blacked out in the movies and my blood sugar was at 45 .. the lowest level ever. I could not even get on a wheel chair and I felt terrible for weeks. After seeking help, I ended up finding a holistic doctor, an iridiologist and a healer who learned with the chamanes from Chihuahua. He told me I needed to re frame my life completely and that I needed to do something totally different. He told me I was pre diabetic and that I should not eat: dairy, gluten, commercial meat or chicken, farm raised fish or sugars. So besides changing the way I ate and lived (I was 100 % focused on work and my professional life was EVERYTHING) I had to create a new way of baking.  I was determined to create 1 recipe that I could eat. So in one of my consulting projects I had tasted the famous Matcha Cake from Carolo and I knew I wanted to recreate it in a healthy way: eliminating flours, grains, refined sugar and this new version of that original recipe is now grain free and paleo! 

My husband Erin loved it and he secretly ate 3 pieces! Which is the best review I can get. Because as you can imagine he has become a picky foodie! The best part of this cake is that it is:

Moist, super easy, light, pairs with many fillings, can be made so many ways: naked cake, cupcakes, travel cake, sheet cake.

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PALEO MATCHA CAKE
 
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Make this cake! It's life changing! Moist, fresh, spongy, lasts for many days, fill it with berries, apricots, chocolate ganache, whipped cream. Even non matcha lovers will love it! If you DON'T love matcha turn it into a lemon or orange cake.
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Serves: 1, 6 inch cake
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs, preferably organic, pasture raised
  • 5 gr vainilla
  • ¾ cup of my paleo flour blend see below
  • 50 gr fine blanched almond flour (I get mine at Costco it’s so good and much cheaper!)
  • 4 gr aluminum + gluten free baking powder such as Rumford (at high altitude use 2 gr)
  • 3 gr fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup coconut cream from can (full fat, well stired)
  • 1 tablespoon culinary grade organic matcha powder (see notes for orange or lemon version)
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries, cherries, blackberries or blueberries
  • Whipped Coconut Cream:
  • 2 cans of coconut milk (the best ones are Whole Foods 365 brand organic) chill for 2 days unopened in your fridge. Open and remove the thick part ONLY!
  • Add 1 pinch vanilla powder (not vanilla extract as it will turn brown) add a pinch of ses salt I like Maldon Salt.
  • Store cream well covered in fridge until ready to use it keeps well for about 3 days.
  • Coconut milk powder or coconut creamer to use as healthy confecioners sugar
Method
  1. Grease 2, 6 inch round cake pans with coconut spray and line with parchment paper. Preheat convection oven to 345 F, a regular oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift flours and baking powder, salt and matcha.
  3. In a KitchenAid mixer with a whisk, beat eggs, vanilla and maple syrup, beat until airy and lemon color. Add the oil and mix until combined. Add coconut cream and mix. Add the sifted flour. Mix to combine. Don’t over mix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for aprox 15 mins until a toothpick comes out clean approx. 25-30 mins depending on your oven. Remove from oven, let cool on rack.
  5. Remove cakes from pans. Cool on rack. Fill cake with cream, fill with berries and decorate the top with coconut milk powder.
Notes
My Paleo multipurpose flour: mix then measure
1 cup fine blanched almond powder
½ cup arrowroot starch
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup tapioca starch (called tapioca flour / not to be confused with cassava flour)
Sift flours and mix with a whisk.
Measure how much the recipe calls for. Save the rest.

For lemon or orange version: remove matcha, and add zest of 2 lemons or 1 orange, change coconut cream for orange juice (for lemon version mix ½ lemon juice ½ coconut cream)

THE BEST GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD

I am so excited to share this timeless banana bread (or cake) recipe with you all!

We all love banana bread, (well almost all) and everyone has their own claim to fame recipe. When Tim, the CEO of Maskal Teff and I began talking about pastries made with teff, he was keen on a family banana bread  with walnuts that his wife makes at home, so that got me inspired to fulfill his foodie dreams.
So I became obsessed with creating a gluten free ancient grain banana bread and started baking batch after batch to create a recipe that highlighted the power horse benefits of Teff. The goal was to develop a cake with a high inclusion of Teff that resulted in a moist cake without using complicated flours (no starches, no high glycemic flours, no gums either). I am a practical baker and I have always believed that the best recipe is the one you immediately want to bake and even sell.

The best part of this recipe is that you can get all the ingredients in the supermarket and make a cake that really stands out as a timeless banana bread.

I started to explore more of how teff flours worked in baking (in a high inclusion), and since I had already baked some previous recipes with teff (granola, brownies, vanilla cake),  I knew through trial and error that this was not an easy task. Texture is such an important part in baking and even more so in healthy baking. There are 2 types of teff grains: ivory and brown: I personally love the Ivory flour most as it is easier to combine.   So here is the secret tip of this recipe: (bring out your notebook!) I saw a banana bread recipe shared by Elissa Goodman where she combined equal parts of quinoa flour with almond flour and I thought just by reading the recipe what a brilliant idea! So I went and bought quinoa flour (I honestly could not remember the taste and texture of baking with it).  I have been using sooo many ingredients  lately.  I made the recipe as is and did not like the taste of quinoa flour: it tasted like a moldy closet… but the recipe was a good start and I did love the idea behind it so I intuitively remembered my go to squash recipe (my version of Gjelina’s) and I recalled that a student made it with banana so I started playing with the flours and sweeteners like I do in my test kitchen. So here is the gold mine: don’t use teff 100 %  it’s not a flour that can be used 1:1 meaning you can’t substitute 100 % of your regular flour with teff: it just doesn’t bake that well an tends to be grainy and dry your baked goods when you don’t balance it out with moist ingredients and I discovered through reading recipes online and comparing teff to quinoa (they bake similarly) that if you use half teff and half almond flour it works amazingly well, the texture is very smooth and it binds so well teff needs moisture and almond flour is the binding agent here. So the PRO tip here is substitute the flour in your recipes using ½ teff flour and ½ almond flour. No need to add gums or fillers!
This cake only gets better with time!

For those of you who are new to Teff (move over quinoa!) Teff is the new quinoa: it is the smallest grain in the world and it’s a perfect vegan protein. Teff adds a very interesting nuttyness to your recipes and it’s very versatile, once you start using it you will start opening your creative mind and discovering inventive ways to incorporate it into your life.  When I have breakfast I look for great sources of fiber, protein, manganese, iron and calcium and teff is a nutritious power horse.  

This is a sponsored recipe and all opinions are mine.

 

 

Don’t you just love this Vintage Nordic Ware Celtic Knot pan?

I owned one years ago, I sold it to pay for pastry school and really missed it! I had a hunch to post a photo to see if any of my neighbors had one they didn’t want and since I have been on an “ask and you shall receive” quest I did and my dear neighbor Mary responded and we swapped her cake pan for my signature trail mix cookies! A win/ win! So here is the banana bread with my favorite superfood spreads from Sarais Spreads: maca almond butter, and the chocolate date spread from The Date Lady.

 

 

4.8 from 9 reviews
THE BEST GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD
 
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Serves: 1 9 inch cake, 1 mini loaf
Ingredients
  • INGREDIENTS: MAKES: 1 9x5-inch loaf + a mini loaf - serves 8-12
  • ¾ cup Maskal Teff Ivory flour (90 gr)
  • ¾ cup blanched almond flour (114 gr)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder such as Rumford (at high altitude use half)
  • ½ tsp baking soda (at high altitude use half)
  • 1 tbsp ground Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup Stir Sweetener
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (I love California Every Day Olive Oil)
  • ½ cup avocado oil Primal Kitchen
  • 1 cup banana puree aprox 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup toasted chopped walnuts or toasted pecans or chocolate chunks
  • Powdered coconut milk to sprinkle over the cake
  • Or almond butter or chocolate date spread from The Date Lady
Method
  1. METHOD:
  2. Preheat the oven to 340˚F (this cake, like most cakes made with purees take way longer to bake and need to bake at a lower temperature, if you bake it at 350 F it will brown too much and get very dry and crusty on the outside and wet inside).
  3. Generously butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan + 1 mini loaf. Or you can make this in a Bundt pan or large savarin (which looks like a large donut).
  4. Whisk (or sift) together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together the sweeteners, oils, banana purée, and eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined. (Adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients helps to prevent little dry pockets in the bottom of the bowl.) Fold in the chopped chocolate or nuts if desired.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 70 to 90 minutes for the larger pan (15 -20 mins for the smaller please note time depends on your pan + oven) or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in its pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run an icing spatula or a thin knife carefully around the edges, and invert the cake from the pan. Re-invert the cake so that it is right-side-up and let cool on the rack for another 20 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate.
  6. Notes: you can sprinkle the bread before baking with a mixture of: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, chopped pecans, walnuts and almonds

 

THE BEST GLUTEN FREE CAKE

If you are gluten free I am sure you have searched for the perfect pound cake recipe.

I am so excited to share this new lemon raspberry cake with you all! It is everything you dreamed of: light, spongy, citrusy, naturally sweet, balanced, super easy and fast to make and the glaze is dreamy. Thanks to Maskal Teff™ for sponsoring this post!!  All opinions are my 100 % my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands who make Vanessa Musi possible!

When Maskal Teff™ reached out to me and asked me to create a Master Pound Cake recipe using their amazing teff flours, I was dreaming up ways to highlight their Ivory Teff four which is a fascinating ancient grain that has so many health benefits you wouldn’t believe it. I had baked with brown teff flour before but had not explored Ivory teff flour until my husband Erin and I discovered the most amazing Ivory Teff tortillas in the super market when we decided to go gluten free and that is how I found Maskal Teff™.

I wanted to create something new and I was inspired by the French Pastry Cakes de Voyage (travel Cakes) made with almond flour. The best recipes are those you can adapt and personalize don’t you think?

Teff is a nutritional power horse! It is an ancient grain, loaded with fiber, protein, all 9 essential amino acids, rich in calcium and iron and really a great ancient grain to add to your flour repertoire. Especially when you want to add more nutrient dense flours to your recipes. It bakes very well!

Here are my tips:  (note all opinions are mine) to use teff in your recipes use only half of the what your recipe calls for of flour: add in lighter flours like I did: such as almond flour, a gluten free flour blend (I made my own: recipe below) or use spelt or a starchy flour to lighten the teff flour. It also bakes best with moist ingredients such as buttermilk, yogurt, coconut milk, olive oil. Please note: all opinions are my own.

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Gluten Free Cake
 
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A lovely easy to make, moist, light, gluten free cake made with ivory teff flour
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 medium cake
Ingredients
  • Ingredients: Makes: 1 medium cake
  • 3 eggs: large, organic, pasture raised at room temperature
  • 75 grams coconut sugar, Stir Sweetener or organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil or ghee, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk or almond milk
  • 50 grams almond flour
  • 80 gr Maskal Teff Ivory flour
  • 20 gr tapioca starch aka tapioca flour
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (at high altitude use half a teaspoon)
  • optional flavors: zest of 2 lemons or 1 orange or 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon

  • Variations: add in ingredients: 1 cup berries: raspberries, or blueberries or cherries or mixed berries or frozen cranberries or chocolate chunks or pecans

  • To sprinkle before baking optional
  • ¼ cup raw blanched silvered almonds

  • To decorate:
  • Coconut milk powder to decorate




Method
  1. Method:
  2. Preheat convection oven to 345 F, (173 C)
  3. Grease a medium size loaf cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  4. Sift almond flour, teff flour, tapioca flour, baking powder + salt.
  5. In a mixer with a whisk mix egg, vanilla, maple syrup, sweetener of choice at medium speed until fluffy (it won’t double in volume) add coconut oil and mix until combined. Add buttermilk or almond milk just to combine.
  6. Add the sifted flour mix and combine. Add the zest of choice or nothing and mix.
  7. Add the add in ingredients of choice (reserve a few to put on top of the cake), mix batter lightly with a plastic spatula.
  8. Pour batter onto prepared cake pan.
  9. Put the almonds on top, sprinkle some of the reserved add ins and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Aprox 35 mins: time will depend on your pan, oven and add in ingredients. Remove from
  10. Note: you can also decorate the cake with a Millenium pink raspberry glaze:
  11. cup coconut milk powder sifted
  12. ¼ cup powdered Swerve: sifted
  13. ⅛ teaspoon vanilla powder
  14. ¼ cup crushed raspberries crushed and strained
  15. Mix in a bowl with a whisk until combined: check consistency it might need more liquid or thicken with more coconut milk powder.
Notes
Gluten Free flour blend: mix then measure what the recipe requires
¾ cup brown rice flour must be superfine (I use Bobs Red Mill)
¼ cup potato starch
⅛ cup white rice flour must be superfine (I use Bobs Red Mill)
⅛ cup tapioca starch