I eat a gluten free diet and the one thing that I truly miss is cake! I also have eliminated added sugars from my diet. This includes honey and maple syrup.
In my search for a Flourless No Added Sugar cake, I came across a recipe for a Flourless Chocolate Cake made with Bananas for sugar! Here is my version using baking cocoa to eliminate the need for a double boiler to melt chocolate.It is both dense and intensely chocolatey! (Both of which I was craving.....)
Flourless Dark Chocolate Banana Cake
Makes one 8”-9” cake (8” will be thicker)
Prepare cake pan by coating with coconut oil and tapping about 1-2TB of baking cocoa in the pan. This will help the cake to come out smoothly from the pan.
1.5 cups unsweetened baking cocoa
.5 cup coconut oil
3 ripe (very ripe) bananas
1 TB cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350.
Blend bananas with the coconut oil either in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Blend Eggs in with the oil and bananas, one at a time.
Once eggs are blended, blend in the Baking Cocoa and the cinnamon.
Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
Bake cake 25-35 minutes until the cake is fully set! (To test, use a knife or a toothpick to stick into the center of the cake. The cake will be fully baked when the knife or toothpick comes out clean!)
I hope you enjoy this awesome naturally sweet cake! It was just what I needed to satisfy my sweet tooth! (It's Gluten-Free, Added Sugar Free, and Paleo!!)
~ Rachel M.
Looking for an awesome smoothie recipe to take you into summer? Local strawberries are just now available at the market! To get those local berries, you will have to hit the market early!
A wonderful smoothie that you can build on has Avocado & Coconut Milk. (Avocado in a smoothie?? Trust me, it is so good!)
You will need:
1 whole Avocado (ripe!)
1 Can Coconut Milk (I prefer full fat)
2-3 tablespoons honey
1 cup of Ice
1 tablespoon of vanilla or almond extract
1 cup of local strawberries (or berry of your choice!)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!
Enjoy this smoothie anytime you want a dose of healthy fats and a berry blast!
Here at Yoga Deza we strive to live "above the line". When thinking of this I am immediately reminded of The Four Agreements, a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz. To me, these four agreements have become my guidelines for living life.
I encourage anyone interested to read this book. It's an easy, quick read and I know you'll gain insight.
It’s two in the morning and you’re supposed to be up at five o’clock to make your way to Sunrise Yoga at an undisclosed location. That was the last thing I wanted to do.
Pushing the sleepiness aside, I got out of bed, grabbed a couple bananas and headed out.
The Yoga Deza girls and I met up with the Fayettechill gang and fellow yogis at the Smokehouse.
It was a crisp 35 degrees by the time we got to Chotkowski Gardens around 6:20AM.
That’ll wake you up.
Luckily, the sweetest lady had a spread of orange juice, coffee and tea to warm us up.
The wonderful Matthew Gibbons led us. He knew exactly how to bring light, love and fun to our chilly morning. So did the corgi pup that ran around licking everyone.
As my fingers and toes were nearing numbness I focused all my energy on that moment. Just being in the present. The birds were chirping and the sun was rising.
Beautiful people and nature surrounded me and it was amazing.
I am continually thankful for the amazing friendships I’ve been forging. All I see ahead is adventure and limitless possibilities. People who are driven to do more and make the most out of everything surround me on a daily basis. I can’t help but feed off of that energy.
I’m looking forward to this summer and amazing things in the works between Yoga Deza and Fayettechill.
If you’re not with us, then you’re missing out.
All photos courtesy of Fayettechill photographer Trent Sugg
The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market is amazing right now! My last post was about asparagus and oh my, how much asparagus there was! If you have not tried the simple yet delicious asparagus recipe, I highly suggest it!
Another great farmer’s market find is fresh Kale. There are different varieties available, and any of them are fantastic. I acquired some lush green kale last Saturday and sautéed it up with some fresh lemon juice and a touch of sea salt.
Kale is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and provides Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, Calcium, Potassium, and Iron. Kale (like other leafy greens) also provides fiber.
Adding Lemon Juice provides more Vitamin C, but also increases the body’s ability to absorb iron.
This spring, I am all about simple recipes that bring out the optimal flavor of the vegetable. I look forward to bringing you tasty farmer’s market finds! If you see me there, come over and say hi!