Posts Tagged ‘baking’

I came across a beautiful photo of a blueberry pie, and it made me yearn for something like that, for my self.

Since we practice Paleo, our foods are gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free (and other stuff as well).

I based the cake on this wonderful chocolate cake, but changed and modified the ingredients for my beloved, blue themed, blueberry cake. I call it cake, since it doesn’t really look like a pie…


decorated cake, dotted with blues.

What’s really nice about this cake, is you can mix all the ingredients in your food processor, and voilà – you only mess up one bowl. Aha!

you’ll need:

  • 9″ round pie dish, greased (with coconut butter). So what if it’s not a pie, eh?
  • 11 pitted dates (why 11? that’s what I had) ;
  • 1 banana ;
  • 3 eggs ;
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter ;
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract ;
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour ;
  • 1/2 cup almond flour ;
  • 1 tsp baking soda, aluminum free ;
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt ;
  • 1/2 cup water ;
  • 1 cup blueberries + handful of blueberries .

how to:

Heat oven to 350°f.

Place the dates and banana in the food processor, pulse the machine until combined.

Add the wet ingredients: eggs, vanilla extract, coconut butter, and water. Pulse again, until combined.

Add the dry ingredients: coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. You guessed it: pulse until combined.

Transfer about 1/2 the “dough” (more like wet dough) onto the pie dish. Try to even it, so it covers nicely the bottom of the dish.

Just like a pie- time to add the filling. Spread the 1 cup of blueberries on top of the batter in the pie dish. If you like the strong texture and taste of blueberries, by all means, add more. Lots more. Remember though, more blueberries, means the bottom of your cake will be more moist.

blueberries cake

bottom half of the blueberry cake

Now add the remaining wet dough on top of the blueberries. Use a spatula to even out the batter, smooth and nice.

Decorate with the remaining blueberries.

Bake the pie for 45-50 minutes, or until golden-brown on top (depends on your oven).

Be proud, smile, eat, and share.



Note: don’t expect a very sweet cake. We like it that way.

Check out my gluten free chocolate cake, and gluten free carrot cake.

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Weather is certainly cool enough to make me long for a sweet smell in the house, the smell that goes with… cookies of course (and coffee).

choco-butter cookies

they are easy to make (ahem.. if you have a food processor), and kids love helping. notice that we don’t like the cookies to taste too sweet, but sugar can always be added as desired.

you’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 TS sugar
  • 2 TS powdered sugar
  • 1 TS ground flax seeds
  • 2 TS unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 3/4 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

put all dry ingredients in the food processor and … process on high-speed, until all powders have unified nicely. all the processing stages need to be quick, only a few seconds.

dry ingredients for choco-butter cookies in food processor

dry ingredients for choco-butter cookies

add chunks of butter and process until the mixture looks somewhat like crumbs. don’t over do it-  the butter has to remain cool.

added butter to choco-butter cookies

add eggs and vanilla extract and process until the mixture builds up into a dough-ball.

choco-butter dough

separate dough into two balls. plastic wrap them. into the fridge they go to rest for 1 hour.

two nice choco-butter paper weights

warm the oven to 410F. when you’re ready for some fun, and the dough has been cold in the fridge for at least an hour, take it out, spread/flatten on your best kitchen table – use some flour so it doesn’t stick to the rolling-pin, and cut out circles or any other cool shape.

cut out choco-butter cookies

as you can see, I use parchment baking paper instead of greasing the pan. once the oven is 410F, put the baking pan in the oven, set your timer to 13 minutes, and start working on your next batch of cookies – different baking sheet. of course, each oven is different, so you’ll have to watch the first batch, so not to burn the cookies. after 13 minutes, take out the pan and let it rest and cool down a bit (5-7 minutes). sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and transfer to a cookie dish.

having fun with dough

these are the same kind of cookies- only without cocoa and without the ground flax seeds. instead, add 3 more TS of flour.

just butter cookies

bon appetit !

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