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.

PALEO SHORTBREAD

Who doesn’t  love Alison Roman’s Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread that went viral on the web. I mean every baker made that recipe! #bakergoals right? Find her recipe on her new book Dinning In which also became a Best Seller. Then I was also inspired by the famous Capello’s cookies and wanted to merge those 2 ideas together in this recipe. Watch my YouTube video on how to make this recipe. I adapted these cookies from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. 

Paleo Shortbread
 
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This Paleo Shortbread is amazing! So simple and made with the best ingredients. I love the endless applications and it makes the best edible cookie dough! Recipe adapted lightly from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour (220 gr) I suggest you scale this amount
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour (no substitutions)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (at high altitude use ½ teaspoon) I love Bobs Red Mill
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons melted refined coconut oil (sub half of the oil for cashew butter and you have a great cookie dough also)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla paste
  • ½ cup GUITTARD dark chocolate CHIPS 63 % (Just use these trust me)
  • Maldon Salt or Jacobsen salt flakes to sprinkle on top
Method
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot, baking soda, and sea salt. Make a well in the middle. Add the melted coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla extract. With a
  2. rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until completely combined. The mixture will be crumbly but should stick together when pressed between your fingers.
  3. Place the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form a log with your hands. Wrap tightly in the plastic and place in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Unwrap the dough and cut into ¼-1/2″ thick slices. Place on a perforated cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat. Bake for aprox 8-11 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Remove from tray and let cool on a perforated tray.
  6. Store in a recycled salad container (the ones that have washed spinach) at room temperature for about 4 days.

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

 

HEALTHY OATMEAL COOKIES OF MY DREAMS

Oatmeal cookies have always been my favorite travel cookies since I started doing recipe development for Starbucks Mexico in 2001.

We made multiple recipes for that project and they were delicious but so sugar loaded that it was unreal. I have since tweaked and adapted countless recipes and now that I am 95% gluten free (except for specific recipe testing) I wanted a killer oatmeal cookie recipe that was balanced, chewy, not too sweet, not oily, not sugar coated and not dry or cardboard tasting. My goal is to give you Master Recipes that will be your go to recipes you can build upon and do your own variation. If I had a bakery this would be my cookie of choice. I have not made this cookie vegan or dairy free yet: so before you guys ask me that question: please try my vegan oatmeal cookies (those are not gluten free) or try swapping the butter for vegan butter and egg for a flax egg. The Date Lady gave me the most amazing dates that taste like caramel and this inspired me to create a turtle version using her dates, pecans, chocolate and Maldon Salt. 

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Oatmeal cookies of my dreams
 
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GLUTEN FREE LOW SUGAR OATMEAL COOKIES Author: Vanessa Musi Serves: 16 cookies (made with a medium scoop size #24)
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Serves: 16 medium
Ingredients
  • ½ teaspoon (2 gr) fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon (4 gr) (optional)
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg or tonka bean (0.5 gr) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (at high altitude use ½ teaspoon)
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted (225 gr) (I love grass fed butter) at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5 gr) vanilla
  • 3 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup gluten free flour such as Bobs Red Mill GF All Purpose Flour (blue label only)
  • ½ cup The Date Lady chopped dates
  • ½ cup 70 % chocolate chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • Maldon salt to sprinkle on top
  • Variations: substitute dried cherries, yellow raisins, dried apricots chopped for the dates
Method
  1. Pre heat oven to 340 F or 170 C. Line 2 baking trays with Silpats.
  2. In a medium bowl: sift flour + baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In a mixer with a paddle attachment: beat butter + coconut sugar until combined well (the goal is just to blend: not aerate as the cookies will spread if you do so).
  4. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Add oats and combine. Add sifted flour mix and stir well. Add dates, chocolate, pecans, or desired add ins and mix well. Shape cookies with a scoop (I use a size #24) and place onto prepared cookie sheets: I place 4 lengthwise X 3 crosswise and flatten them out lightly. Sprinkle with Maldon Salt. Bake until golden for about 8-10 mins. They should be soft and chewy in the middle. Note: as they cool on the tray they will continue to bake, so make sure you don’t over bake them!
  5. Variations: I made these cookies with: pecans, chocolate and dates from The Date Lady and loved this “turtle” combination. I also made these with dried mangos with chile from Mexico and they were awesome!
  6. I also made a mix of yellow raisins, dates, dried apricots and added “unpumpkin” pie spice from The Raw Spice Bar to the cookies and they were amazing. I added 1 teaspoon instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  7. Enjoy!!
  8. Please share the love on your social media and rate the recipe when you make it.
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

 

HEALTHY BLUEBERRY STREUSEL MUFFINS

Happy New Year friends!

This is one of my new favorite go to Muffin recipes of 2016 : so simple, so easy, adaptable and balanced.

I was lucky to find a new sweetener I really like.

You know the saying: when the student is ready, the teacher appears, well this was similar in the sense that after 23 years I was so ready to find a sweetener that fulfilled all my needs: and quite honestly I had used them all and they all had their imperfections. I wanted something naturally sweet, with benefits, easy to use, easy to love: no after taste, no weird ingredients, no adapting recipes, no bitterness. Something better than sugar both for health and in baking: same texture, taste and overall chemistry.

So these killer Muffins are made with Stir Sweetener a coconut sugar blend which I love because it has 37% fewer calories than sugar, has a gram of prebiotic fiber per serving, is a 1:1 replacement for sugar, is suitable for diabetics and tastes so much better than any sweetener I have used in 23 years.

 

BLUEBERRY STREUSEL MUFFINS
 
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup Spelt flour: such as Bobs Red Mill
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder: such as Rumford (note: at high altitude use half)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large egg, organic preferably
  • ¾ cup Stir Sweetener
  • ½ cup greek yogurt, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, wild or conventional
FOR THE STREUSEL:
  • ¼ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Spelt flour
  • ¼ cup Stir Sweetener
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 generous pinch fine sea salt
  • Zest of ½ lemon
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest (if using).
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the egg, vanilla, Stir Sweetener, yogurt, and oil.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and the milk (alternating) to the wet ingredients, mixing to combine with each addition.
  5. Fold in the blueberries with a gentle hand.
MAKE THE STREUSEL:
  1. Combine the cinnamon, salt, lemon zest, flours, salt and Stir Sweetener in a small bowl.
  2. Add the melted butter and mix to form clumps.
ASSEMBLE THE MUFFINS:
  1. Scoop the batter into muffin cups or a greased muffin pan until ¾ full. Top with the streusel.
  2. Bake for about 20 minutes (start checking at 12 minutes) and remove when muffins are golden brown and the berries are bubbling with juice.
  3. Let cool, then remove muffins from the pan and onto a cooling rack or perforated tray.
  4. These muffins keep max for 2 days in a plastic container such as a recycled pre-washed spinach container.