Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Strawberry and Banana Almond Flour Cake

I really like Gluten Free Cakes made with Almond Flour, probably more than using replacement flours. Almond Flour is commonly used to make cakes in Spain.  The texture of this cake certain has a kind of moistness and creamy crumb that is very satisfying for those of us who want to be Gluten Free and is still totally appealing to everyone else too. Today I made a cake with Strawberries and Bananas in it. I also used Honey instead of sugar and I was so pleased with how this cake turned out. I was baking it while my carpets were getting cleaned and it smelled so good that I gave the technician a piece and he loved it. I am so pleased with this combination of two fruits and it was perfect for a delicious afternoon teatime!

Strawberry and Banana Almond Flour Cake

1 cup Almond Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup Melted Butter (use Ghee or Coconut Oil if going Lactose Free)
1/4 cup Honey
1 mashed Banana 
1/2 cup sliced Strawberries
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees and butter a cake pan.  Combine the Almond Flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon and Salt in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the Melted Butter, Honey, Eggs and Vanilla. Then add to the Almond Flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the Banana and Strawberries and pour into the cake pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the top is Golden Brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

Five Element Analysis

Like all sweet desserts, this cake belongs to the Earth Element and the Honey and Banana and Almond Flour make it really Earthy. The Strawberries contribute the Fire Element and the Eggs bring in the Water Element.  The Cinnamon and Vanilla make sure that the Metal Element also has a presence. The only Element that is missing is Wood, so this is a good dessert to serve with a meal with a lot of the Wood Element in it.

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