Healthy Recipe // Cake!
Spiced Orange & Almond Cake
Wheat Free // Gluten Free // Sugar Free
In the search for super tasty, easy recipes for the new URBAN NUTRITION weekly diet/meal plans that I am creating for my patients, I stumbled across this beauty… True to form, I added a little of this and a little of that, straying far away from the original but in this instance, it actually worked! Friends would tell you that 50% of the time, my “creative” recipes don’t really hit the mark, however, this one is definitely a winner 🙂
Made with just 6 ingredients, this cake is so easy and you can prepare the oranges the night before. The intense citrus smell radiates throughout the whole house whilst preparing/cooking, you’ll be dribbling before you even taste it!
This is a wheat-free, gluten-free & refined sugar free cake. Using almonds instead of flour provides healthy fats. Good fats can help decrease inflammation in the body, it plays an essential role towards a healthy immune system, is vital for the health of your skin, eyes, nails and hair and you need to eat fat to help you to burn fat as an energy source! Eating the right kind of fat will help you feel happy and content and fuller for longer and most people find their desire for sweet food diminishes with more whole food fat sources in their daily diet.
Do let me know if you try it or make your own version of it. I am always looking at new recipes and ways to improve old ones!
Healthy Recipe // Sweet Citrussy Treat
Spiced Orange & Almond Cake
— Start off by boiling the oranges. Place them in a saucepan and use enough water to just cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 2 hours. (Turn them occasionally and top up the water if it’s getting too low). Once the oranges are cooked, drain them and allow to cool completely. Once cooled chop them into even rough chunks (skin and all!) and remove any seeds that may be present.
— Preheat your oven to 190 deg C and grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
— Place the cooked, chopped orange segments along with the eggs, honey/agave syrup and vanilla in a blender and blend for a minute until well combined. Add the almond flour and baking powder and blend until you have a smooth batter.
— Pour the cake batter into the springform tin and cook for approx 50 mins to 1 hour in the middle of the oven. Insert a skewer to see if the centre part of the cake is completely cooked.
— Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 mins before releasing it and allow to cool on a cake rack.
— Decorate with oranges, desiccated coconut, dried orange slices, cinnamon or whatever you like 🙂 This is a time to get creative and make it your own!
2 large oranges
125 ml honey or agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla paste
2 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder or mixed spice
- Extra Info
The texture of this cake is moist and dense, but not heavy. You’ll enjoy the fresh aroma of citrus from the moment you puree the fruit, through the baking when it scents the whole kitchen, and then again when you slice into the finished cake and take your first bite. It’s glorious.
I like to serve it with a dollop of mascarpone cheese and the zest of an orange. Then sprinkle some almonds to give some crunch.