Thursday, May 16, 2013

Brainy Birthday | Paleo Chocolate Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

One of the drawbacks to having dietary restrictions is in the event of a holiday what are you going to do? Such as Halloween, Christmas, Cinco De Mayo and of course...BIRTHDAYS.

I know. Trust me do I know. A birthday is worth celebrating - it is worth the splurge. But is it? You are half way through your Brain Food Challenge Month and your birthday rolls this what you are going to eat? A tower of little debbie snacks?

Tempting. But trust me when I say, there is a better option.

What is it you ask? I'm getting to that part.

With Elisabeth's (the creator of the Brain Food Challenge) birthday upon us, I (a big fan of celebrating) needed to come up with an alternative plan for birthday dessert. One that didn't require purchasing a $12 piece of raw cheese cake.

A lot of recipes out there call for bizarre ingredients. Ingredients that make no sense and are too expensive to justify. So I dug through the paleo chocolate cake recipes to find the cake that suited me. I needed a simple, easy and relatively few ingredient cake.


The original recipe comes from Fast Paleo: Paleo Recipe Sharing Site.

What you need:
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or coconut flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or almond extract)
  • 1/3 cup honey
Plus: Any add ins you desire. I added a shake of cinnamon and cayenne to spice it up then topped the cake with walnuts.

Heat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Mix the two together. Spray baking pan with coconut oil spray (or olive oil). Pour your batter into dish. Bake for about 20 mins (keep an eye on it). Wait up patiently for the birthday girl to come home and eat. Wait so long you give up and go to bed. Enjoy the cake the next night.

This goes without saying, if you are going to use a larger dish, adjust recipe size. Original recipe calls for double all ingredients. Imagine, a two tiered cake!

Of course no birthday cake is complete without the ice cream topper. But it is ridiculous to get a pint of ben and jerry's to go with your healthy cake. Good news is that there is an easy, healthy and delicious solution to making a quick homemade ice cream (flavor tbd).

Basically, all you need is a couple bananas and your favorite brainy approved mix ins (gummy bears do not count).

What you need:
  • 2-3 bananas

What you might want:
  • 2 tblsp peanut butter (natural) 
  • 1 tblsp cocoa powder 
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut/coconut milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Berries
  • Etc.

Slice the bananas and lay them flat on a tray (*note: slicing bananas before freezing will save you a lot of hassle), freeze for over an hour, blend bananas in blender or food processor until creamy and fluffy. Add in your desired taste. I went with a peanut butter chocolate flavor.

Badabing badaboom. Healthy and delicious. Walk away from birthdays feeling good about yourself. And heck, celebrate every day of the year because it is actually good for you!

Happy Birthday. Or Happy Day.

Let them eat cake.

*Both recipes found in this post are Brain Food Challenge Stamp Approved*


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