Carob is one of those ingredients that doesn’t get much love in the recipe world, but totally deserves to have the spotlight shown on it! The flavor is fantastic, and can be a great variation to include in the mix. It is low in sugar, and whether you are following an autoimmune protocol or not, I am sure that is a quality we can all appreciate.
Today Martine from The Paleo Partridge is here to share a recipe that is DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE, and can be easily tailored to be EGG-FREE as well. And this recipe is just a glimpse into the delicious, health-focused creations that you will find on Martine’s site (hello Orange Creamsicle Squares and Chicken Zoodle Faux Pho!). Be sure to hop on over to Martine’s page to check out her amazing recipes that range from AIP friendly, to Whole30 approved, and SCD compatible.
And now, on to today’s amazing recipe share – Carob Snacking Cake!
Need an AIP-Friendly Treat?
Do you have a special occasion coming up? And do you happen to be following the AIP and are wondering what the dickens you’re going to make as a treat? This recipe for Carob Snacking Cake fits the bill! And depending on your stage of reintroductions, one little change will render a chewier or a cake-ier texture.
Chewy or Cakey? You’ve Got Options.
To keep this recipe totes AIP, use a gelatin egg. If you’ve successfully reintroduced eggs, then use one whole egg. Both variations taste delicious, but the gelatin egg gives you chewy, which I really dig. The whole egg, on the other hand, gives you cakey, which is also, of course, really deliciously dig-able.
The photos here demonstrate well the difference in baking with a gelatin egg and a whole egg. My lovely model is holding the AIP version of this Carob Snacking Cake – it’s slightly denser and decidedly chewier. The other two photos show the cake made with a whole egg, which is a bit fluffier. I assure you, though, either way is tasty!
So whatever the special occasion, I wish you many happy moments of nomming on this Carob Snacking Cake. Whether you make it chewy or cakey, this sweet treat will please your palate.
- ¼ c cassava flour
- ¼ c arrowroot starch/flour
- 3 tbsp carob powder (I like roasted carob flour the best – richer and darker!)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt]
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 medium banana mashed (about 1/3 c)
- ¼ c honey
- ¼ c coconut oil (or palm oil) , melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 whole egg OR 1 gelatin egg (1 tbsp gelatin + 3 tbsp water)
- Lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish. Preheat the oven to 330 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients: cassava flour, arrowroot flour, carob powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a medium bowl, mash the banana. Add the honey, oil, and vanilla. Use an electric hand mixer and beat to combine.
- If using a whole egg, then also add to the wet ingredients and beat to combine. If using a gelatin egg, then sprinkle 1 tbsp of gelatin over 1 tbsp of cold water. Then add 2 tbsp of boiling water and whisk vigorously until frothy. Set aside for just a minute.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet. If using the gelatin egg, then add it in at this time as well. Beat again until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish. The batter will be thick but runny enough to be able to tilt the baking dish to spread into the corners.
- Place in the oven and back for 20-25 minutes until firm in the centre. Cool completely. If you are using, the gelatin egg version, then it is best to allow the cake to cool thoroughly and set overnight before cutting.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Headshot-2.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Martine Partridge is an eater of real, whole, nourishing food. She is also a combatter of Crohn’s Disease. Martine is an enthusiastic advocate for using food as medicine since food has become her strongest ally in living a full and happy life in spite of autoimmunity. When Martine isn’t ogling food photos or creating scrumptious grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free, and refined-free dishes to share with friends and family, she is practicing yoga, reading a novel, or hanging with family, friends and her sweet pup, Henry. She is forever grateful to her parents for their unconditional love and incredible support, especially through the darkest days of dealing with Crohn’s Disease. Martine also admires and applauds the strength and inspiration of her fellow autoimmune warriors who refuse to let disease define them and who continue to fight against the symptoms chronic illness. For more food and lifestyle ideas, follow Martine’s blog. Or connect with her on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram[/author_info] [/author]