THE BEST GLUTEN FREE PEANUT BUTTER OAT COOKIES

Over the Summer we visited Waco Texas home of Magnolia Market and Magnolia Silos bakery and the city that the fixer uppers: Joanna and Chip Gaines have taken to another level which was a total #bucketlist for me. I spent all last year in the Real Estate industry looking for my baking school and became obsessed with watching every fixer upper show on TV (and I rarely watch TV) so living the Waco life for a day was awesome! I highly recommend the visit!

The best part of Magnolia Silos Bakery were these peanut butter gluten free oat cookies which where by far better than any other pastry in the bakery (I tried many) and are even better than any “traditional” peanut butter cookie I have ever had. And I don’t say this lightly because if you know me you know that I go to a lot of bakeries!

So naturally I came back home and IMMEDIATELY wanted to recreate this cookie as soon as we drove back to Austin it was that life changing. So after making 4 really bad attempts and failing miserably at the texture and proportions I had to let it go (that seems to be my strategy for when things don’t go well: I surrender and let go: for a while..).

I then went to Mexico City to visit my Dad and teach 12 classes and workshops and since I had 7 awesome assistants and we had time and a lot of amazing ingredients we made the a killer recipe and I am thrilled to share it with you today. And I apologize in advance as my sharing of recipes is not that consistent as I want it to be but that is my creative process (plus I do a lot of other events, classes, collaborations that take time). So enjoy! This recipe is worth gold. And it’s not that “healthy” but a delicious alternative indulgence for those who can’t or don’t want to eat gluten. Just don’t say anything just make them and share!

 

THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER OAT COOKIES
 
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A chewy peanut butter oat cookie that will change your life regardless if it's gluten free! My personal favorite!
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Cuisine: Desserts
Serves: 14 medium
Ingredients
  • INGREDIENTS:
  • 120 grams European butter, unsalted at room temperature but still cold
  • 170 grams brown sugar (use only the very soft kind, I like the less dark one)
  • 4 grams fine sea salt
  • 60 grams eggs (mix and scale)
  • 8 ml vanilla extract
  • 15 grams almond milk
  • 180 grams my gluten free flour * (it is amazing!)
  • 6 grams gluten free and aluminum free baking powder (at high altitude use half)
  • 3 grams baking soda (at high altitude use half)
  • 150 grams gluten free oats such as Bobs Red Mill
  • 50 grams peanuts chopped
  • 100 grams peanut butter (I love Trader Joes Valencia peanut butter most of all).
  • @jacobsensaltco to sprinkle on top
Method
  1. Preheat convection oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with a Silpat. Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In the mixer with a paddle, mix butter and sugar just until combined. Add egg, vanilla and mix well. Add oats and milk and mix well, add peanut butter and mix until combined.
  3. Add the sifted flour and combine just until incorporating—add the peanuts—mix well.
  4. Use a #24 Scoop and place the cookies onto the prepared cookie + flatten lightly onto the tray leaving enough room between them. Sprinkle with salt. Bake aprox 12 mins. Time depends on your oven.
  5. Cookies should be golden and crisp on the edges and ​tender​ inside. Don't over bake! Remember cookies will continue to bake when you remove them from the oven as they sit on the hot tray. Let cool for about 10 -12 minutes, remove and let cool on a cookie rack or place on a perforated tray.
Notes
Gluten Free flour blend: mix then measure what the recipe requires
INGREDIENTS: MAKES: 1,176 grams (you can make ½ recipe)
672 grams oat flour (must be #glutenfree) such as Bobs Red Mill
210 grams brown rice flour such as Bobs Red Mill
196 grams potato or arrowroot starch (any works)
84 grams tapioca starch
21 grams powdered coconut milk (as an emulsifier)
METHOD:
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Measure the appropriate quantity called for in the recipe.

PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

When I discovered Stir sweetener my baking life literally changed. I was scrolling through Instagram and I found Stir by chance, I was immediately drawn to the brand, LA look and the ingredient list. It was just what I was looking for: a natural sweetener with benefits: coconut sugar +  prebiotic fiber that lower the glycemic index. This sweetener has been my favorite for a long time and it bakes so well! It is a perfect 1:1 substitution to sugar by volume not by weight. I loved Stir from the moment we met but even more awesome was meeting Leila the owner who besides being lovely (and gorgeous!) is also a foodie and a great baker and she shared with me her life changing chocolate chip cookie recipe made with Stir (grab that recipe on her Instagram account) which I immediately ran home to make (I just substituted flour for spelt flour). It then became my go to chocolate chip recipe and since I have been baking many paleo recipes I converted it to make these paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Use the best chocolate and ghee for this recipe! They taste better freshly made! Check out my YouTube video here:

 

PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
 
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These have become a signature recipe in my classes and workshops! They are amazing freshly baked!
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • INGREDIENTS: MAKES: 10 large cookies (55 gr each)
  • 75 gr cassava flour I love Ottos Cassava flour
  • 30 gr almond flour I use the one from Costco)
  • 34 gr arrowroot
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda at high altitude use ⅛ teaspoon
  • ½ cup ( 112 gr) ghee, room temperature (make sure ghee is not too soft) I love Bulletproof or Tin Star Foods
  • 1 cup Stir Sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, organic, pasture raised, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup 70 % chocolate chopped into chunks such as Guittard, Valrhona or Cemoi (if you freeze the chocolate chunks before baking it helps these retain their shape)
  • Pinch of Maldon Salt to sprinkle on every cookie before baking
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Prepare a baking tray with a Silpat (silicon liner). In a large bowl mix ghee + Stir with a whisk by hand until well combined.
  2. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated. Combine dry ingredients: flours, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Whisk together until blended. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture on low until blended. Don’t over mix.
  3. Add in chocolate chunks and mix. Shape cookies with a #24 scoop. Drop onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat. Refrigerate for about 10 mins. Bake 7-8 min for chewy cookies, 9-10 min for crisp cookies. Remove from oven and cool for 10 min on the hot cookie sheet. Remove and place cookies onto cooling racks or perforated baking trays to cool completely.
  4. You can make half the recipe perfectly well.

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.

Subscribe to my YouTubethen check the video for the step by step to make this recipe! Enjoy! Happy Baking! If you make this recipe please share on Instagram and tag me @chefvanessamusi #noblebaking so I can share your creations.

 

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)

PALEO BANANA GRANOLA BREAD

Have you guys seen the banana granola bread trending on Instagram lately? It’s quite a thing.. So many have jumped on the band wagon of combining timeless breakfast comfort foods.

I had seen so many photos and posts and made a few recipes from other bloggers which I didn’t love. So when Graceland Fruit  (the dried fruit experts since 1973) asked me to make a recipe for them using their new amazing NO sugar added cranberries which I love, I was beyond excited! Of course I had so many ideas and endless applications!

I suggested this breakfast banana bread and they loved the idea. I am so happy that we now have whole soft no sugar added cranberries. I literally have dreamed about this since 2001 when I first discovered Graceland Fruit via Maricu in Mexico City. My first healthy recipes always incorporated dried fruit and back then the only options available had added sugars. Having hypoglycemia means I really try to limit added sugars. So I am thrilled that we now have an option and stay tuned because more no added sugar fruits are coming and they also have a line of organic dried fruits! To buy these fruits check out their website.

So after making MULTIPLE banana breads in my life .. I am sure you have also, I pulled my best #paleo banana bread and adapted it to add Graceland Fruit cranberries and also made another version because why not? A good recipe always leads to another great recipe!

This banana bread is moist, not too sweet, and most of all the texture is really spongy and light, you would never guess it’s: paleo which by definition means: gluten free, grain free, dairy free and also low in natural sweeteners. I love this recipe because you can make: muffins, donuts, cakes and even savarins. This is a sponsored blog post and all opinions are my own. Thank you all for supporting the brands I love!

Huge thanks to Graceland Fruit for featuring my story on their  side kick profile!

 

PALEO BANANA GRANOLA BREAD
 
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My go to #paleo banana bread with granola. So simple and a total crowd pleaser. I have made it many times for events, networking and people love it!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 small or 1 large
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs I love and use Vital Farms pasture raised organic
  • ½ teaspon vanilla extract such as Nielsen Massey
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, pureed (1 cup)
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup Stir Sweetener
  • ½ cup arrowroot (60 gr)
  • 1 cup (110 gr) almond flour
  • 58 gr cassava flour I love Ottos Cassava Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda I used and love Bobs Red Mill
  • ⅓ -1/2 cup Graceland Fruit no added sugar cranberries
  • ¼ cup pistachios I love Trader Joes
  • Topping:
  • ⅓-1/2 cup cashew butter my favorite is Georgia Grinders
  • ½ cup aprox Paleo Coconut Cashew Granola from Purely Elizabeth
Method
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F, grease and line a large loaf pan (or 3 small loaf pans) with paper. In a large bowl: whisk all the wet ingredients: banana, oil, maple syrup, Stir sweetener mix with a whisk. In another bowl: sift all the dry ingredients: flours, salt and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients and add half of the cranberries, use a plastic spatula to finish mixing. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cranberries and pistachios on top.
  2. Bake for aprox 45 mins (for large pans) or about 20 mins for mini loaf pans or until a toothpick comes out clean. You may need to lower the baking temperature to 340 F so it doesn’t over brown.
  3. Let cool, unmold. Cool completely. Glaze with cashew butter, and top with the granola.

BEST PALEO LOW CARB SCONES

After weeks of not baking or being very active on my creative content because:

  1. My Dad has been frail (his diabetes has been so difficult and has taken a toll on his life and on our family), as I write this today is #Americandiabetesalertday, Diabetes is a matter near and dear to my heart because I have dealt with my Dad’s illness and seen first hand how devastating and how life consuming it is.
  2. I was feeling stuck trying to be a jack of all trades and being a rockstar at it all whilst looking madly for a house for my Baking School here in Austin and at the same time trying to set up my healthy baking classes through Airbnb experiences which just launched in Austin! Whoohooo.. Still figuring that part out. But hey imperfect action is what entrepreneurship is all about right? And consistency is key.

Anyway back to these scones! When Bulletproof reached out to me a few months ago and asked me to develop 4 Bulletproof friendly pastries for them I was beyond honored, challenged and grateful! One of my wellness heroes is Dave Asprey and I listen to his podcast every week. I am a raving fan of his Bulletproof lifestyle, bars, ingredients and supplements. When I made these scones I remember the feeling of complete bliss and utter satisfaction of having created a recipe that not only was Bulletproof friendly (gluten free, dairy free, low glycemic, grain free and compliant with the Bulletproof road map (something you need to look into). When you read about it you’ll see that there are literally very few flours and sweeteners to bake with and the ones that are BP friendly have a scientific reason why: all ingredients are the healthiest to give you the most energy and what I call high performance foods.

I am thrilled to be a consultant for Thermomix and have been using and loving my cooking food processor for 13 years! I highly recommend it for everything: from making these scones to making pizza sauce.

Best Paleo Low Carb Scones
 
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Paleo low carb scones, crispy on the outside, moist inside. I developed this recipe for Bulletproof (not a sponsored post, thanks Bulletproof for the ingredients for this recipe!). The perfect balance of paleo flours makes these scones just like traditional ones, you will love the texture! I love baking with Lakanto Sweetener to create low carb pastries.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 large
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour (165 gr)
  • ½ cup coconut flour (47 gr)
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour (70 gr)
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup Lakanto Classic sweetener (depends on how sweet you want them, I used ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup Bulletproof ghee, cold, in pieces (sub for ¼ cup refined coconut oil + ¼ cup palm shortening for a vegan option)
  • ½ - ⅔ cup coconut yogurt such as Coyo brand as needed (or sub for cold coconut cream from a can/ thick part only)
  • 2 tablespoons organic flax seeds freshly ground (grind these in a coffee grinder) we don’t recommend you buy flax meal it’s not Bulletproof friendly, you can substitute for the same amount of Bulletproof Collagen!
  • 1 tablespoon aluminum and gluten free baking powder such as Rumford
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup currants or Bulletproof chocolate chopped into chunks or blueberries or cranberries
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In your food processor (I used my Thermomix) incorporate the flours, sweetener, lemon zest, and dry ingredients. Then add cold ghee and process until crumbly (check that your butter looks like lentils) remove mixture from food processor and put into a large bowl: add currants and add the coconut yogurt (small amount first) combine just until integrated. Don’t over mix.
  3. Line a baking tray with Silpat or Silpain or parchment paper. Put the dough onto the baking tray and form into a round ball, press down to form a 2″ high round loaf. Cut into 8 slices and shape nicely formed triangles: freeze for 30 mins, brush with extra coconut cream, then bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 5 minutes until golden brown. Lower temperature to 340 F until baked through (they must be crunchy on the surface and moist inside) total temperature takes about 20 min.
  4. Notes: you can make ½ recipe just use half all the ingredients.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8
 

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.

 

 

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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