Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake (THM S)

In case you weren’t already aware, blueberry and lemon are best buds. They should always hang out together, because they are a dynamic duo. Sweet blueberries against the tart freshness of lemon – it just doesn’t get any better in my book.

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I call this a breakfast cake, because I more often than not eat this at breakfast or lunch. Really, you can eat it anytime. No one’s going to stop you!

For the dry base of the cake, combine almond flour, oat fiber (not oat flour – there is a difference), whey protein isolate (for a protein kick), baking powder, salt, and Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet. I used both oat fiber and whey for two reasons: 1) I wanted to give the cake a sturdy texture and 2) I wanted to tone down the sometimes aggressive flavor of the whey.

For the wet base, combine the almond milk, vanilla, melted coconut oil, zest of 1 lemon, and juice of 1/2 the lemon.

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Combine the two bowls of ingredients, whisking until there are no lumps.

Next, prepare the blueberries. I used frozen berries, because it’s what I had on hand but you could use fresh if you like. Combine the frozen berries with 1 Tbsp of coconut flour and toss them together.

This helps create a little flotation device for the berries that helps them to stick in the cake batter without sinking to the bottom once the cake bakes. [It is so annoying when that happens!]

Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil spray and a square of parchment paper in the bottom.

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Pour the batter in, and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

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As you can see, the top of the cake doesn’t brown as much as the sides. Make sure you look there for doneness first, and check the middle with a toothpick start around 30 minutes of bake time. It’s OK if it puffs a little, it will reduce as it cools and you can (gently) press it back down if needed.

Let the cake cool completely, then prepare the glaze.

Beat together the cream cheese, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, lemon juice, and vanilla until the mixture is slightly fluffy. One tablespoon at a time, add the almond milk until the mixture is thick, yet pourable. Pour it right over the top of the cake, letting it go down the sides and wherever it pleases. Just gently spread it with a spatula so that all sides are evenly coated.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate for future use.

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The cake is perfectly moist with tiny bursts of blueberry throughout. The glaze is smooth, velvety, and zesty with the fresh lemon. It’s the perfect breakfast or snack time pick-me-up.

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Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: Serves 9
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the cake, combine the almond flour, oat fiber, whey, baking powder, salt, and sweetener in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, almond milk, coconut oil, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until there are no lumps.
  4. Toss the blueberries with the coconut flour, then fold them into the cake batter.
  5. Line an 8×8 pan with a square of parchment paper, and spray with coconut oil. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Cool the cake completely and make the glaze.
  8. For the glaze, beat together the softened cream cheese, sweetener, lemon juice, and vanilla. When the cream cheese is slightly fluffy, beat in the almond milk 1 Tbsp at a time. The mixture should be thick, but pourable.
  9. Pour the glaze over the cake, and spread it evenly with a spatula. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.


 

 

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Cinnamon Crunch Protein Coffee Cake (THM S)

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This recipe made me so happy! Not only did it work on the first try, which can be rare for baking, it was easy to throw together before Sunday morning breakfast. This was my first gluten/sugar free coffee cake, and I could not be more pleased with the result.

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If you have all the ingredients, this cake is quick and simple to throw together. I liked using protein as a big part of the base here for 2 reasons: it makes the cake texture more like coffee cake (sturdy and slightly dry) and it adds more protein to the cake (making it a great snack or finishing complement to an S breakfast or lunch).

First, get your dry ingredients together in a small bowl: almond flour, whey protein isolate, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.

Next is your wet ingredients: eggs, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract (yes, I like both because I like vanilla, however you can leave out the paste if you want.) Stir it up.

Then whisk the wet into the dry. The consistency is pretty wet, like runny pancake batter.

Get your pan ready, and make sure your oven is preheated to 350. I prepped my 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil spray and a square of parchment paper. I did it this way because I wanted to make certain the cake would slide right out of the dish. With the parchment in there, each piece came out perfectly, and the dish was easy to clean.

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Prepare your topping by combining softened butter, cinnamon, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and nuts. I chose to use sliced almonds but you could use pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, whatever you fancy. It’s going to look like a paste, that’s OK.

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Pour half of your cake batter into your prepared dish, dot it with half of the nut topping, then pour on the other half of cake batter and dot the top with the rest of the nut mixture.

If you want more of a streusel-like topping, you can add some coconut flour to the mix to dry it out and make it more crumbly but I do like how this turned out. The butter melts, making the cake moist and you still get the crunch of the nuts with the cinnamon sweetness.

Bake the cake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown delicious on top.

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All of that topping sits just under the golden brown surface.

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Gorgeous! Let it cool slightly before cutting.

Slice it into 9 pieces, and have you a piece, girl.

See? All that cinnamon, sweet goodness floating throughout the cake. The cake has flecks of vanilla bean and a crunch factor from the nuts. The cake is fluffy, sturdy, and slightly dry – making it the perfect partner with your coffee or tea.

This is a perfect make-ahead snack for the week. I’ve sent pieces with my husband to work, and heated it up as a snack. Just store the pieces in a large gallon zip-top bag in the fridge.

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Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry cake ingredients in a small bowl: almond flour, protein, sweetener, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Combine wet cake ingredients in a separate bowl: eggs, milk, oil, vanilla paste and extract.
  4. Whisk wet and dry together.
  5. Combine all ingredients for the nut topping in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Prepare an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and coconut oil spray.
  7. Add half of the cake batter to the dish, dot with half of the nut mixture, pour on second half of cake, and finish with the second half of the nut mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until completely set in the middle and golden throughout.
  9. NOTES: A few have experienced an “eggy” taste with this recipe. Baking with whey can have that taste. Make sure you add enough vanilla to your batter, even if you don’t have the paste. To further tone down the whey, add some almond extract as well (about 1/2 tsp of almond and 1 tsp vanilla). The final note is to TASTE the batter before you bake it. If the batter is good, the cake will be good. Happy baking!

Dark Chocolate Torte (THM S)

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Warning: decadence ahead.

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I’ll go ahead and admit it, I’m a chocoholic. Chocolate is my buddy. It’s always the perfect companion to my meals, smoothies, and even coffee. And I ain’t even a little sorry.

If you’re wondering what a torte is, it’s basically a cake minus the flour. There’s not a single teaspoon of flour in this recipe, and I’m willing to bet you have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry.

Although the method to it *may* seem consuming – it’s really very easy.

Let’s go ahead and talk about the base of the cake: the chocolate.

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I used a base of 85% chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. When you cut the torte into 12 servings (or more, up to 14), you’re getting about an ounce of 85% chocolate in every slice – which is the limit for one serving on the THM plan. However, you have more options if you’re concerned about going over the sugar limit.

*NOTES: I wouldn’t recommend replacing the unsweetened baking chocolate, because it helps keep the torte from getting too sweet, plus you sweeten things further with a homemade syrup anyway. However, you can replace the 85% chocolate with Lily’s chocolate chips. Lily’s chocolate is used in the ganache, at the end, so if you use Lily’s for the cake as well you’ll need a total of 20oz.

Start prepping the cake by making a homemade syrup of Pyure and water. Bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer rapidly for about 4-5 minutes until the Pyure is completely dissolved.

Next: choppity chop the chocolate.

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Cube the butter and melt it in a double boiler over a pan of rapidly simmering water.

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When the butter is almost fully melted, add the chocolate and whisk frequently until melted.

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Keep whisking until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.

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Next, remove the bowl from the heat, and add the syrup you made earlier.

*NOTE: My first instinct was to add the syrup in batches. After my first little bit of syrup, it seemed as though the chocolate was breaking because no matter how hard I whisked it still retained this “lumpy” almost brownie-batter-like consistency. Then I added the whole remainder of the syrup, and everything was perfect. All of that to say, just add all of the syrup at once.

Whisk, whisk until everything is smooth.

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Add in the eggs, whisking vigorously.

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Again, the mixture should be slightly thickened (almost pudding-like), and completely smooth.

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Next, prepare your pan. This mixture goes into a 10in springform pan. Start by tracing a circle of parchment paper.

Then, butter your springform pan.

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Place the parchment circle in the bottom, then throw some butter on that too. [I know, it seems like overkill, but you REALLY want that cake to glide right out of the pan.]

Next, wrap the bottom and sides of the pan in a few sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Wrap that baby up nice and tight.

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Pour the batter into the pan, and lightly tap it against the counter to release any bubbles.

Next, place the pan into a deep roasting pan, and gently pour steaming hot water into the roasting pan (without getting any into the cake pan). This keeps the cake from puffing while it bakes.

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(Gently) Place the cake into a 350 degree oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. When the cake is done, it should be firm to the touch in the middle.

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Take the cake out of the water pan, and cool it completely to room temperature in the springform.

You have two options for applying the ganache: You can take the cake out of the springform and place it onto a rack fitted over a baking sheet then drizzle on the ganache. OR. You can leave the cake in the springform, pour the ganache over the top, refrigerate, then remove the whole cake from the springform.

The only drawback to taking the cake out first, is that you’ll lose some of the ganache on your baking sheet [which you can always pick off and eat later ^_~]. The drawback to doing it in the springform, is that there’s less ganache on the sides and it’s a little more difficult removing the cake from the pan. Whichever way you slice it, the cake is equally tasty.

Heat the cream in a small sauce pan, then add the chocolate and whisk until it’s melted and smooth. Immediately pour the ganache onto the cake, and refrigerate to set.

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How gorgeous is that?

You can serve the cake straight from the fridge, or at room temperature. If you plan on serving the cake later, cover and store it in the fridge. You can also slice it into servings, wrap in plastic, and freeze for later.

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Glorious, deep chocolate flavor that absolutely melts in your mouth.

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You will not regret trying this recipe.

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Dark Chocolate Torte (THM S)

  • Servings: 12-14
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Start by prepping the syrup. Place the water and Pyure into a small sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 3-5 minutes, until the Pyure is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter in a medium bowl fitted over a pan of rapidly simmering water. When the butter is melted, add the chocolate and/or chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate and butter are completely smooth and melted.
  4. Remove the chocolate from the heat, and whisk in reserved syrup (all at once!) until completely smooth.
  5. Add all the eggs at once, and whisk vigorously until smooth.
  6. Prepare a 10in springform pan with butter, parchment paper, and heavy duty aluminum foil (see instructions above). Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then place into a larger pan and pour steaming hot water around the sides.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes, until the middle of the cake is firm to the touch.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and water pan, and cool completely to room temperature.
  9. Prepare the ganache by heating the cream in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the chocolate chips, and whisk until smooth. Pour the warm ganache over the cooled cake, and use a flat spatula to evenly disperse it over the middle and sides of the cake.
  10. Pop the cake into the refrigerator and chill until firm.
  11. Serve at room temperature, or chilled. You can cover and freeze individual slices, or refrigerate slices for later.

The Best Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Eat

My daughter’s birthday party was yesterday, and it was a blast. Friends and family were there. It was a gorgeous day, and my sweet almost 4-year-old was incredibly happy.

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Which brings me to her cake. I originally planned on doing a Neopolitan cake (like the ice cream), because she couldn’t decide exactly what she wanted. After a long afternoon at another birthday party, I went straight home to bake. I tried modifying a recipe that actually comes on the package for Bob’s Red Mill Blanched Almond Flour. It was for straight up almond cake – I figured, make one layer plain vanilla, another add strawberry puree, and the last add chocolate. Sounds simple, right?

Wrong.

I baked the three layers, and although they had leavening agent in them they refused to rise. They came out of the oven dry, dense, and flat as a damn pancake.

UGH. I hated doing it, but I had to throw it all out and start again.

I cleared the change with the birthday girl – chocolate layers with peanut butter frosting. She was super happy and I got to work.

I did some short research on leavening gluten-free cakes, and decided it was best to go with a triple threat. I used baking soda, baking powder, and used a modified buttermilk to keep the cake moist and help it react with the leavening agents.

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The sprinkles are totally off-plan, but were a nice festive touch. 

The Best Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake (THM S)

Multiple Servings (at least a dozen)

  • 1 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c ground flax
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Pernigotti)
  • 1/4 c Pyure or Gentle Sweet
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 c butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 2 3/4 c unsweetened almond milk (you can use vanilla or plain)
  • 3 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the almond milk and vinegar and let stand for 5-7 minutes, until the milk sours slightly. This will act as your buttermilk.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla, espresso powder, and butter (or coconut oil) in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer. Add the almond buttermilk and beat again. Begin adding the dry ingredients in thirds, mixing well in between but not over-mixing. The batter is about as thick as chocolate milk.

Spray 3 8-in round cake pans with coconut oil, and divide the batter amongst the three pans. Place them around the center of the oven, for even heating, and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Take them out, let cool for 5-7 minutes until the sides of the cake pull away from the pan. Gently turn out the cakes onto cooling racks, and make the frosting.

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting (THM S)

Makes enough for a 3-layer cake

  • 2 1/2 sticks softened unsalted butter
  • 1 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c Pyure or ground Gentle Sweet
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 heaping Tsp crunchy peanut butter, optional (adds great texture at the end)

Cream together the butter, smooth peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Begin to add the sweetener, a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well. When the mixture reaches your desired level of sweetness, add the heavy cream and whip 2-3 minutes. Add the crunchy peanut butter, and whip another 2 minutes.

NOTE* At first, my frosting had a little “crunch” from me not grinding up the Pyure. However, over time (an hour or two) it actually dissolved. By the time we were eating the cake, the sweetener had dissolved and everything was cool. You can grind up the sweetener beforehand to avoid this, if you’re serving immediately.

NOTE** I highly recommend refrigerating this cake (for 30 minutes to an hour) after you frost it. It will help the frosting firm up and all the flavors come together. However, if you don’t have time, leaving it at room temperature will be perfectly fine. It was a warm Georgia day, and by the time we were enjoying the cake at the park the frosting had softened back up, and was equally delicious.

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In short, this was the BEST chocolate cake. Seriously. My friends and family (with the exception of my mother-in-love) are not THMers at all, and were literally begging me for the recipe as they were eating it. My friend’s little boy, who can’t do sweets because they make him sick, ate an entire adult-sized piece of cake by himself.

WIN.

TIPS* I had considered doing a chocolate ganache drip on top, but ultimately decided against it. One thing against it was time – I just didn’t have time for another element. However, if you have time for it, I recommend refrigerating the cake prior to the drip. The frosting is very soft at room temperature, and I wouldn’t want it to break form on you. A ganache drip looks incredibly elegant, and the only labor involved is literally a pour. It also helps hide frosting mishaps ^_~.

Summer Shortcake

My brother-in-law loves strawberry shortcake. I remember when we used to vacation together on a cruise, he would beg the dining staff for it. Only one time did they actually abide with something that closely resembled pound cake.

Shortcake can be very hit or miss. When it’s good, the cake is fluffy, light, and slightly sweet. On the lower end of the scale is where you find the cake being taken too far into scone territory (dense and dry).

After some playing around, I ended up taking a pancake recipe and baking it to get a low carb shortcake.

A little background: My mom gifted me with corn pone pans a while back. (I know, I don’t have any clue as to what corn pone is either.) Admittedly, some of this experimentation arose out of wanting to find a use for this pan. If you don’t have a corn pone pan – because, who would? – you can do a cookie shape pan or do drop biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Low Carb Shortcake (THM S)

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 1/3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 2 tsp Swerve
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • coconut oil spray

Whipped Cream (THM S)

Multiple serving

  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 Tsp Swerve confectioner’s
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk well to combine.

Spray  corn pone or cookie pan with coconut oil, and drop the mixture in, filling the holes completely. (NOTE* Spraying isn’t necessary if you’re using a baking sheet with parchment.)

Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Combine the ingredients for the whipped cream into a small bowl, and begin beating on medium speed with a hand mixer. Whip for 5-7 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. NOTE* Stop once you have stiff peaks. It’s a very fine line between whipped cream and butter. The cream will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Top the cooled shortcakes with a big dollop of whipped cream and dot with fresh sliced strawberries.

Bananas for Cake

This was my first time trying the Bust a Myth Banana Cake from the  Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, and I am very pleasantly surprised.

Admittedly, I have had some cake fails in the past, but this has been very tasty. Also, it gives the kids and I a chance to have cake for breakfast.

I’ve tweaked it slightly to give it a flavor boost, but for the original recipe look to page 298 of the THM cookbook.

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Cinnamon Banana Cake (THM E)

  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats, ground into flour
  • 1/2 c old-fashioned oats, left whole
  • 1 c banana flavored Oikos 000 yogurt
  • 1/2 c Swerve confectioners sweetener
  • 1 c egg whites, fresh or from a carton
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350.

Grind 2 cups of oats in a blender or food processor until finely ground. Add the oats and the rest of the ingredients, except for bananas, in a large bowl and whisk together. Mash bananas with a fork, and stir into the batter.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil, and pour the batter in. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

*When I took my cake out at around the 30-minute mark, the center was still seemingly giggly. However, when I stuck it with a wooden skewer it came out clean. Go by that, not necessarily the “feel” of it. The cake was browned, and cooked, but a little giggly.

Wait until the cake has cooled completely before slicing. I actually stuck mine in the fridge overnight, because I did this as a make-ahead for breakfast the next morning.

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To stay in E mode, you can top your slice with a little vanilla 000, and have some berries on the side. Yum!