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Spring almond and orange cake

Who doesn’t love a piece of cake? I do and I love it even more if I know it’s homemade with organic, healthy and nutritious ingredients. I’ve chosen a cake recipe for April as I thought you might be in need of a treat. So, let me explain a bit more about the ingredients and tell you how such a delicious cake can also be healthy!

Ground Almonds – are loaded with vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. They are also high in fiber and a small serving has more protein than an egg.

Coconut Flour – the coconut flour and almonds in this recipe replace the flour in other cake recipes and their flavours compliment each other really well. Coconut flour is gluten free and has the highest percentage of dietary fiber found in any flour which can help support a healthy weight.

Coconut Sugar – is definitely the healthier choice of sweeteners nutritionally as it offers a rich supply of mineral salts, B vitamins and amino acids. And it doesn’t have the crash and burn effect of refined sweeteners, plus coconut sugar has a delicious caramel flavour!

Chia Seeds – are one of Nature’s perfect foods, containing essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3), protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients
165g blanched ground almonds
70g coconut flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon baking powder (aluminium free)
¼ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
115g unsalted butter, softened
100g coconut sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
5 eggs
75g chia seeds
Freshly squeezed juice of 2 large oranges
1 tablespoon grated organic orange zest

Directions
1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C. Line a 22cm loose bottom cake tin with baking parchment and grease lightly with butter
2. In a large mixing bowl add the softened butter and coconut sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until blended.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the orange juice to the egg and butter mixture and mix until you can no longer see the pockets of dry ingredients throughout the batter.
4. Add the orange zest and chia seeds and mix until evenly distributed.
5. Using a spatula, spread the batter evenly in the prepared cake tin.
6. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a sharp knife comes out clean. Cool completely on a cooling rack before turning the cake out of the pan and serving.

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Marie-Eve Maitland Marie-Eve (pronounced the French way and, yes, you guessed it, Henry's wife) is our kitchen and food-wiz and is behind our healthy recipes and also manages our twitter account (get in touch!).  Having graduated in dietetics in Canada, Marie-Eve is passionate about eating, discovering new foods and leading a healthy lifestyle to make sure she in tip-top shape to look after her little girl, Elodie. Marie-Eve loves cooking (of course), weight training, yoga, walking, matcha green tea and chocolate (amongst other things).

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