Honey + Coconut Cocoa Banana Cake


 Happy August my dear friends! I am more than a month into my little experiment and still going strong.    As I expected, removing grains has not proven too difficult.  It's been the sugar that I've missed the most.  I didn't realize how much sugar has snuck into my meals and snacks.  It is truly in everything. I am very grateful for the simple sweetness of raw honey. Keeping my use of it to a minimum, I appreciate having it to sweeten my baked goods.

It's been such a joy to share my adventures with you through this blog and instagram.  I know many of you have found a paleo, primal or traditional foods approach to work well for you.  I am still waiting to draw conclusions until December, but I'm hopeful the results will provide some long-sought after health   answers.

To brighten your lovely summer weekend I have quite a delicious treat for you.  I teased you a bit, a few weeks ago, with a small picture and now I am ready to share the recipe with you.  A great snack for any time of day, I enjoyed it as a breakfast treat or as a dessert in the evening.  I truly hope you savor it as much as I did.  Yes, did.  It's definitely all gone now!  Hehe whoops!


{Honey + Coconut Cocoa Banana Cake}

1 cup Coconut flour
2 cups Almond Meal or Flour
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder, organic + pure
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/3 cup + extra for topping Dried Coconut Flakes, unsweetened

1 cup Coconut Oil, organic, extra virgin, expeller-pressed + liquid
3/4 cup Honey, organic, raw + warmed
2 tbsp Vanilla, pure
2 cups Banana, organic, bruised + mashed
4 eggs, organic, free-range, free of antibiotics + hormones

{Crème Frosting}

1/4 cup Coconut Oil, organic, extra virgin, expeller-pressed + liquid
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Palm Oil, organic + non-hydrogenated
1/3 cup Honey, organic + raw
1 tsp Vanilla, pure



Begin by warming up the oven to 375 degrees.  Combine the first six ingredients in a large bowl and mix, saving some of the coconut flakes for later.  Slowly add in the remaining ingredients, making sure both the coconut oil and honey are in somewhat of a liquid or warmed state for easier mixing. Mix well, then pour into a lightly oiled 8 x 3 round cake pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a butter knife comes out clean. I always advise oven watching 15 minutes before the timer goes off.  Oven temperatures can vary and mine occasionally gives me a run for my money, so keep an eye on this one! 

Meanwhile, use this time to begin creating your creme frosting.  Place all your ingredients in a Kitchen Aid and use the whisk attachment or in a bowl with an electric hand mixer. I prefer a Kitchen Aid; it has proven its merit by giving fluffy frosting every time. I select the highest setting and allow it to run until the frosting is at the consistency I desire. This can take up to 15 minutes, at times. Patience is key for top notch frosting.  Fortunately, this frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.  Simply place it back into your Kitchen Aid and whip it up to the desired consistency.



Once your cake has risen and gained its golden color, allow it to cool.  15 minutes before you are ready to serve the cake, frost it and top it with a flourish of coconut flakes to complete the elegance. Slice and serve with a little extra dollop of creme frosting! Enjoy!



4 comments:

  1. Yes! SO excited about this right now, I am off grains, sugar and dairy right now too (my body just can't handle them right now) and this is exactly what I've been needing for all those cravings. Thanks Jessi! :)

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  2. Aw I'm so glad!! Best of luck! The frosting will be your favorite part! Use any extra batter to make muffins and put some frosting on those for another more bite size treat. Hugs to you sweet girl :).

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  3. Jessi, this cake is SUCH a winner! Because of the banana it holds together even in the super dry Colorado climate and elevation. I think I've found a new base cake staple. I accidentally put the frosting on before the cake was 100% cool...soo it was more of a cake with a soup on top, but still SO delicious. Thanks for making this grain-free gluten-free dairy-free couple happy! :)

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  4. Malerie! Ah that makes me so happy to hear! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know :). xoxo

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