Delicious Dinner: Gluten Free Honey & Almond Cake

Posted: Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Categories: Health, Healthy Recipes, Nutrition

Focusing on You Personal Training in windsor works hard to provide you with the best advice, hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. This honey and almond cake is gluten free, so is perfect if you are coeliac or are interested in alternative dessert recipes. It is simple to make and will surprise anyone who eats it, when they hear it does not contain any flour.

Ingredients:
12 oz whole almonds,
4 eggs
4 oz of honey
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Grease and line an 8 inch loaf tin.

First toast the almonds; this can be done either by spreading them over a baking tray and placing in a hot oven for 6-8 minutes until golden, or tossing in a dry frying pan for 2 minutes. (Keep a close eye on the nuts to make sure they don’t burn; they should be golden, not charred).

When the almonds are cool, grind them in a blender or coffee-grinder until they are the consistency of very fine breadcrumbs.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks together with the honey, spice, baking soda and pinch of salt. Add the almonds from the blender and stir together well.
In a clean bowl, using an electric or hand whisk, whip up the egg whites until they are light and frothy, but not stiff. (Beating the egg whites by hand is hard work, but good exercise for you arms whilst cooking!)

Very gently stir the egg whites into the almond mixture, being sure to keep as much air in as possible. Pour the batter into the tin, scraping any excess from the sides. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warmed,
with a squeeze of honey and a dollop of crème fraiche, or on its own for a delicious tea-break snack. Per serving, this recipe contains around 230 calories, but only 1g of saturated fat.

This recipe has been made healthier by cutting out flour, refined sugar and dairy fat such as butter. It is gluten free, so suitable for coeliacs and those wishing to keep their saturated fat levels down. Your personal trainer will always be happy to make suggestions on how to reduce the fat content in your favourite recipes, in order to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.

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