Almond Flour Loaf Cake with Honey Roasted Figs

Almond Flour Loaf Cake with Honey Roasted Figs

This article first appeared on Cotter Crunch.

Almond Flour Loaf Cake with Honey Roasted Figs is moist and sweet, and ALMOST too pretty to eat! This loaf cake recipe makes a paleo and gluten free cake that is perfect for a healthier dessert or brunch treat! The best part about this loaf cake is that is has no refined sugars because it’s sweetened with honey – nature’s candy!

These posts make me happy (and hungry). Passion and heart and all things GOOD in the world. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I want to say it again. THANK YOU for letting me share this space with you and share my heart for gluten free eating. It’s a delight and JOY and today I’m extra delighted to be partnering with World Vision. HEART IS FULL! BELLY IS soon to be full! Best of BOTH WORLD, am I right? Yes.

Let’s chat about how this almond loaf cake recipe came about.

With one superfood ingredient that nurtures us and is naturally sweet, just like World Vision. HONEY! Okay and fig too, but you get my point. Natural sweetness from the earth!

How to make naturally sweetened desserts

One of my favorite parts of creating recipes is finding healthy ways to stay clear of refined sugars and sweeten them naturally instead. My natural sweeteners of choice are usually one of these:

Desserts made with honey are what I like to call NATURE’S CANDY! With an ingredient as naturally sweet as honey, who needs added sugar? Not me!

 

How to make honey roasted fig loaf cake

  • Coat your fresh figs in a little butter or coconut oil and honey. Then roast in the oven, sliced!
  • Now make your almond cake loaf…similar to my cinnamon bread, this cake is made with just almond flour and coconut flour and well, extra fig and honey mixed in!
  • Bake, slice, drizzle with honey, serve.
  • ENJOY!

 

Description

Easy Almond Flour Loaf Cake with Honey Roasted Figs. Grain free, Paleo friendly.


Ingredients

  • 8-10 fresh mission figs sliced in half Roasted with honey first
  • 1-2 tbsp melted butter or oil and mix with 1-2 tbsp honey.
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 cups fine blanched almond flour
    (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup flax seed (ground)
  • 5 eggs and 1 egg white whisked together
  • 1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey (extra for topping)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tbsp of clarified butter (melted) or naturally refined Coconut oil.
  • optional sprinkle of raw sugar or coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a pan with parchment paper or grease well. Set aside.
  2. Slice figs in half and Brush honey butter mix on top of sliced figs. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place in oven to roast at 400F for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Next Reduce oven to 350F. Line an 8×4 bread pan with parchment paper at the bottom and grease the sides.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together your almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and flaxseed meal. Feel free to mix in a pinch of spices (like cinnamon or nutmeg).
  5. In another small bowl, whisk together your eggs and egg white. Then stir in your honey syrup, apple cider vinegar, vanilla and melted butter or oil (1.5 to 2 tbsp).
  6. Combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients into one bowl. Gently mix or beat together in stand mixer or hand held mixer. Be sure to remove any clumps that might have occurred from the almond flour or coconut flour.
  7. Pour half the batter into a your greased loaf pan.
  8. layer half of your honey roasted figs on top. then fill the pan with the rest of the batter. Place remaining figs on top and an extra honey/butter mix left from the pan. Sprinkle with raw sugar and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean . Optional, Cover with foil the remaining 5 minutes to prevent burn. (see notes for altitude baking. Remove from and oven.
  9. Cool and serve with honey drizzled on top or store in fridge, wrapped in foil.
Eat Well, Think Straight: 20 Foods to Improve Mental Health

Eat Well, Think Straight: 20 Foods to Improve Mental Health

This article first appeared on Chalkboard Mag.

Mental health is being discussed more and more these days, which we embrace and celebrate. But mental health doesn’t only mean feeling stable under stress or balanced when things in life go awry, it actually refers to the physical health of the brain overall.

Dr. Amen is our go-to for all things brain health-related. His cutting-edge work with brain scans and nutrition research was once considered fringe but has now found it’s rightful place at the forefront of the national discussion on brain health. According to Dr. Amen, “brain imaging research demonstrates that memory loss actually starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. There are actions you can take to help prevent memory loss later in life – and even to restore the memory you may have already lost.”

In his latest book, Memory Rescue, Dr. Amen outlines a number of foods that support the health of the brain in a variety of areas. The list below are foods to address mood-specific issues like sleep, anxiety, depression and attention issues. For the full story, pick up Memory Rescue, which we’ve honestly read cover to cover.

He also highlights foods to avoid for optimal brain health, namely: pro-inflammatory foods like processed oils and sugars, alcohol, aspartame (found in diet sodas and gums) and caffeine.

Here are all the foods Dr. Amen names as beneficial for supporting mental health through our diet…

The Best Foods For Mental Health

SPICES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH: saffron, turmeric (curcumin), saffron plus curcumin, peppermint (for attention), cinnamon (for attention, ADHD, irritability).

DOPAMINE-RICH FOODS for focus and motivation: turmeric, theanine from green tea, lentils, fish, lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, nuts and seeds (pumpkin and sesame), high protein veggies (such as broccoli and spinach), protein powders.

SEROTONIN-RICH FOODS for mood, sleep, pain and craving control: Combine tryptophan-containing foods, such as eggs, turkey, seafood, chickpeas, nuts and seeds (building blocks for serotonin), with healthy carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes and quinoa, to elicit a short-term insulin response that drives tryptophan into the brain. Dark chocolate also increases serotonin.

GABA-RICH FOODS for anti-anxiety: broccoli, almonds, walnuts, lentils, bananas, beef liver, brown rice, halibut, gluten-free whole oats, oranges, rice bran, spinach.

CHOLINE-RICH FOODS: shrimp, eggs, scallops, sardines, chicken, turkey, tuna, cod, beef, collard greens, Brussels sprouts.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: up to 8 a day helps moods.

GREEN TEA: learn more here.

MACA: this root vegetable/medicinal plant, native to Peru, has been shown to reduce depression. Learn more here. Stock up here.

OMEGA-3-RICH FOODS to support nerve cell membranes and serotonin. Helps manage moods and inflammation.

ANTIOXIDANT-RICH FOODS: acai fruit, parsley, cocoa powder, raspberries, walnuts, blueberries, artichokes, cranberries, kidney beans, blackberries, pomegranates, chocolate, olive, and hemp oil (not for cooking at high temperatures), dandelion green and green tea.

MAGNESIUM-RICH FOODS for anxiety: pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, swiss chard, sesame seeds, beet greens, summer squash, quinoa, black beans, and cashews.

ZINC-RICH FOODS: oysters, beef, lamb, spinach, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, asparagus, sesame and pumpkin seeds.

VITAMIN B6, B12, FOLATE-RICH FOODS: leafy greens, cabbage, bok choy, bell peppers, cauliflower, lentils, asparagus, garbanzo beans, spinach, broccoli, parsley, cauliflower, salmon, sardines, lamb, tuna, beef, and eggs.

PREBIOTIC-RICH FOODS: dandelion greens, asparagus, chia seeds, beans, cabbage, psyllium, artichokes, raw garlic, onions, leeks, root vegetables (sweet potatoes, yams, squash, jicama, beets, carrots, turnips).

PROBIOTIC-RICH FOODS: brined vegetables (not vinegar), kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso soup, pickles, spirulina, chlorella, blue-green algae, kombucha tea.

EatLoco is a Loudoun Chamber Small Business Awards FINALIST!

EatLoco is a Loudoun Chamber Small Business Awards FINALIST!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that EatLoco has been selected as a FINALIST for this years Loudoun Chamber Small Business Awards!!!

EatLoco works diligently each week to bring Loudoun County well managed (and very diverse) year-round farmers markets (rain or shine). Thanks to you, our market vendors have made almost half a MILLION dollars in total sales just since the start of our regular 2018 season in April.

8 Ways To Boost Your Kid’s Immunity Before School Starts

8 Ways To Boost Your Kid’s Immunity Before School Starts

This article first appeared on Mind Body Green.

As parents, we’re all driven to do our best, but sometimes we need to just embrace the messy moments that inevitably come up.

 

The start of a new school year can mean a lot of things, one of which is the inevitable exposure to a multitude of bacteria and germs. As parents, it is our responsibility to help keep our child’s health in tip-top shape and protect them as much as possible from getting sick. While it may be tempting to want to put them in a plastic bubble and send them on their way (if only), that is not reality.

Instead, we can take action steps at home to boost their immune systems so their bodies can fight off these bacterial and viral invaders on their own. In my functional medicine clinic, I see many children with weakened immune systems and have picked up a few kid-friendly tricks along the way. By doing a few key things now before summer is over, you can strengthen your child’s immune system so you both can hopefully take at least one less sick day.

 

1. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics

Antibiotics are prescribed more than 154 million times a year for anything from a wound to an ear infection in order to kill off bacterial infections. While they certainly have their place, the CDC estimates that at least 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessaryand have been shown to deplete the good bacteria in your microbiome.

Since close to 75 percent of your immune system is located in your gut, just one round of antibiotics can weaken your child’s immune system. It’s important to avoid antibiotics unless completely necessary and look for natural anti-bacterial options, such as colloidal silver, to avoid sending your child off to school with an already depleted microbiome.

 

2. Add in probiotic-rich foods

Start the school year off strong by re-establishing good gut bacteria through introducing more probiotic-rich foods into your child’s diet. While your kid is still at home, try feeding them fermented foods like sauerkraut or kefir (which comes in lots of flavors that your kid will, fingers crossed, love).

If you have an extra picky eater, there are many kid-friendly probiotic gummies on the market that will give them a hefty immune-boosting dose of good bacteria. Some still do contain sugar, though, so stick with whole food probiotic sources as much as possible.

 

3. Re-establish a sleep schedule

With the combination of the sun not setting until much later and the crazy summer activity and travel schedule, a regular bedtime can go out the window. As soon as possible, begin re-establishing a sleep schedule with a set bedtime and wake time—no more sleeping in or staying up late. Most children need between 10 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep every day for them to thrive. Starting this sooner, rather than later, will make going back to school less of a struggle and their bodies will be better prepared to fight off any germs that come their way.

6 Ways to Navigate Your Fall Farmers’ Market

6 Ways to Navigate Your Fall Farmers’ Market

This article first appeared on True Luxury Life.

Apples, kale, carrots, tomatoes – you name it, your local farmer’s got it. Fall is the best season for discovering fresh, savory ingredients and recipes that include some of Mother Nature’s most vibrant and nutritious fruits and veggies.

Your local farmers’ market is a great way to stock up on locally grown and organic groceries. But often, the markets are so packed with shoppers and overwhelming amounts of produce that it can be hard to navigate your way around.

Here are 6 helpful tips for a more enjoyable trip to your local farmers’ market:

Make a list

Being at a farmers’ market – for me – is like being a kid in a candy shop, but there is quite a bit of overstimulation and distractions. Feeling lost? Try bringing a list of produce you need for the week, so if the bakery table aromas distract you (always), the list will help you get back on track.

Stop by the information tent

Larger farmers’ markets usually have an information tent where you can ask about specific foods you’re looking for, find out who the new vendors are and learn about any specials going on for the day.

Talk to the farmer

If you’re unsure what type of vegetable you have in your hand, and how to cook it or preserve it, the best thing to do is ask the farmer. Farmers are a great resource for produce knowledge and most of them really enjoy educating curious buyers about eating locally.

It’s not all about appearance

Don’t automatically pass by tables with wilted lettuce or misshaped produce. Like humans, leafy greens get tired from being in the sun all day, but if you run them under cold water for a few minutes they’ll most likely perk back up. And produce that doesn’t look ‘perfect’ probably means it’s free of GMOs. However, if you feel squishy spots or see black blotches, move on.

Ask for a taste

(But know the etiquette). Once you get to know the farmers, you can ask for a sample of whatever you want to try before buying. And even if you don’t know them, just ask if they can cut you a slice or give you a taste. Just remember to always be respectful as these goods are, literally, the fruits of their labor.

Arrive at opening or closing time

I’ve discovered that if you get to your farmers’ market as soon as it opens there are great discounts offered until the produce runs out. For instance, a great deal on squash at 8:00 AM might be over by 12:00 PM if the farmer sells out. However, if you show up towards the end, farmers are often more willing to throw in extra produce or offer a lower price so they won’t have as many leftovers.

 

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