This delicious coffee cake is definite to please -- it is free of all sugar & grains, yet it tastes like the coffee cake you might buy at your local coffee house. Simple to throw together, it is appetizing & healthy!
1 cup of almond flour
2 tablespoons of organic coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp of aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 cup xylitol, powdered*
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup high-oleic sunflower oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line an 8inch by 8inch baking pan with parchment paper, oiling the pan and paper lightly to prevent sticking then set aside.
Combine dry ingredients.
Whisk together all wet ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Pour cake mixture into the prepared pan.
Follow these easy steps and in a medium saucepan over a low heat mix:
2 tablespoons "organic" butter
1 to 2 tablespoons of organic cinnamon
1 tablespoon xylitol
30 drops liquid stevia
1 teaspoon of vanilla
A dash sea salt
Spoon cinnamon mixture over cake batter & swirl it in with a knife.
Once butter & xylitol are melted add 1-2 tablespoons organic heavy cream. Mix well & add two tablespoons chopped pecans.
Next merge the following in a coffee grinder: two tablespoons each of whole flax seed, xylitol, pecans, organic cinnamon, dash of sea salt.
Grind until powdery. Sprinkle over top of cake. Cut two tablespoons of chilled organic butter in to cubes. Sprinkle over cake with two tablespoons of chopped pecans.
Place in preheated oven & bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out neat.
Cinnamon is our spotlight ingredient today. Medicinal use of cinnamon dates back as far as 2800 B.C. in Chinese writings (one) & later in the first century A.D. 350 grams of cinnamon was equal in value to over five kilograms of silver; in other words cinnamon was 15 times more valuable than silver! Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon in the method of embalming, & physicians used cinnamon to treat coughs, sore throats, colds, & digestive upsets.
Even after thousands of years of use they are still learning about the health benefits of this tasty herb that arouses the senses & passions (cinnamon is a known aphrodisiac!). It reminds us of Saturday mornings as babies, awakening to the scent of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven, or of delicious Autumn evenings sipping hot mulled cider around a campfire.
Battles have been fought & lives lost over this spice that was one time so highly prized.
Recent studies on the health effects of cinnamon have shown that it may help control blood glucose levels in type two diabetics (three). study published in September, 2010 showed that cinnamon bark oil had significant antimicrobial & anti carcinogenic properties, indicating great potential for treating topical infections (four). (Always seek guidance from a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner; cinnamon oil may cause skin irritation if not properly diluted, & it's also been linked to miscarriage). Yet another study cites cinnamon leaf oil as containing "excellent anti-inflammatory activities"(five), making it an ideal choice for plenty of natural health products.
Like trying to get health benefits from any food source, cinnamon is thought to be best consumed in its whole form than in oils (though, as they can see from several of the studies referenced above that the oil does yet have health benefits). Aside from using cinnamon as a spice with other foods it may even be consumed as a tea either by adding powdered cinnamon to hot water, allowing it to sit for a couple of minutes & drinking (without stirring), or by adding a stick of cinnamon to your favorite tea or even a cup of coffee. Slainte!
*Coffee grinders work well to powder xylitol.