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)

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.

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.

 

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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