Is a year ever wrapped up with a neat little bow? Are you still basking in the gratitude of unexpected gifts? Or are you grappling with unforeseen circumstances? Maybe it’s a bit of both. 2014 brought the exhilarations and unexpected lessons of first time home buying for husband, David and me.
Our Boulder, Colorado condominium: We're open to responsible renters!
Also, thanks to a sweet friend, I’ve renewed my Screen Actors Guild membership and am reacquainted with the joys of acting. And, as always, doing my best to keep my eyes focused on driving in my lane. My ego seems to need frequent reminders to take a back seat. Sometimes it’s a nudge; other times it’s a shove!
Paleo Pound Cake: Surprisingly similar to the real stuff!
One thing I could not sweep aside at year’s end was my health. Blood tests revealed the accumulation of bad choices. The bottom line: Sugar intake must drop and protein intake needs to increase. (Dramatic, somewhat traumatic events, for a sweet-toothed mostly vegetarian Ninja Baker.) Apparently, the Japanese diet of sticky white rice, tofu, a little fish and giant frozen yogurts with Oreos is not the best option for this body. (Confession: I've still got vanilla and chocolate Oreos in my freezer...Maybe I'll toss them by 2015...We'll see.)
This Paleo Pound Cake to quote Mary Poppins is "practically perfect in every way."
Enter the husband, David, with his Paleo friendly e-cookbooks….Nooooooo, I’m not giving up brown rice or gluten-free breads or Greek yogurt. But the Paleo e-cookbooks do contain some good-looking sugar free desserts. Plus, David’s been craving a Paleo friendly dessert. My husband is the hero who’s signed me up with a weekly visit to a nutritionist. So the fellow deserves a sweet reward, right?
Paleo Pound Cake with paleo approved raspberry garnish!
I started with this Paleo Pound Cake. It’s no Sara Lee. The cake is moister and less dense. In all fairness, the density factor may have something to do with the use of granulated rather than powdered erythritol. (Seriously, I am over the moon that this magical and healthy substitute for sugar is in my life!) The Paleo Pound Cake is similar in taste to a regular pound cake. The recipe gives the option of coconut oil or grass-fed sourced butter. You can bet I used the butter! (I do have a bit of a rebellious streak at times…That’s what happens when you separate a Ninja Baker from her Oreos!) At any rate, whether you’re going Paleo, counting calories and praying to fit into that summer swimsuit, this pound cake is for you.
Garnished with Paleo diet approved fruit or plain, this pound cake is surprisingly similar in flavor to Sara Lee! The texture is slightly more layer-cake like but that's good, too. Right?
This recipe is adapted from Health-e Enterprises’ Guilt-Free Desserts
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 scoops (40 grams) unsweetened whey protein powder or your favorite (Paleo) protein powder
- ½ cup erythritol, granulated (powdered is fine, too)
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 3 large eggs
- 6 tablespoons grass-fed butter OR coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 4 tablespoons almond milk (coconut milk works, too)
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoons liquid stevia extract
Generously butter a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Line with parchment paper and butter again.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the dry ingredients: the almond flour, protein powder, erythritol, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the melted butter (or coconut oil), almond (or coconut) milk, vanilla and liquid stevia.
Gradually pour the dry ingredients into the egg/butter/milk/vanilla mixture. Blend well on medium speed.
Fill the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cindy of Cindy's Recipes and Writings is our host today of a year-end cravings fulfilled themed #SundaySupper. (Scroll down for your invite to the virtual #SundaySupper at Twitter.) Cindy is a fabulously talented chef. She's made sure your cravings for every season are satisfied.
Comfort Food Cravings
- Beef Tenderloin Citrus Arugula Salad from Family Foodie
- Chunky Beef Chili from MealDiva
- Cowboy Candy and Cream Cheese from Rhubarb and Honey
- Creamy Veggie and Chip Dip from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Golabki (Polish Cabbage Rolls) from Healthy. Delicious.
- Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Lightened and Loaded Potato Soup from Momma's Meals
- Prime Rib Roast from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Roasted Cashews & Walnuts with Honey and Herbs from Delaware Girl Eats
- Russian Black Bread from Curious Cuisiniere
- Sausage and Cheese Stromboli from Casa de Crews
- Steak and Eggs from Nosh My Way
- Steak Tartare from The Texan New Yorker
- Swiss Onion Bread from The Foodie Army Wife
Quench Your Thirst Cravings
- Crab Artichoke Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Mussels in Coconut Broth with Garlic Toasts from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Seafood Scampi from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Apple Bundt Cake from Pancake Warriors
- Dark Chocolate Potato Chip Fudge from Nik Snacks
- Dulce de Leche Rice Krispy Treats from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Hot Chocolate Milky Way Brownie Pie from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Lower-Sugar Carrot Cake Jam from What Smells So Good?
- Maple Syrup Creme Brule from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Mint Infused Deep Dish Brownies from The Perfect Brownie
- Paleo Pound Cake from NinjaBaker
- Pizzelle from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Sweet Potato Sheet Cake from Pies and Plots
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
Wishing you great health and happiness!
The Ninja Baker
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