So it was my birthday a few days ago. That is my goofy niece and that is me with my mouth full of coconut cake. Yes, coconut cake! It’s delish the way it is and with a few modifications can be made into other delicious and safe to eat deserts.
I found this recipe several months ago after stumbling upon this fantastic blog called Tales of a Kitchen. At the time I was going through a really difficult time with the candida diet when I started looking through Chris’ amazing recipes and felt a glimmer of hope. Not only does she have some candida safe recipes that I never would have thought of but she also has many that can be slightly modified to become safe. I realized that I just needed more creativity with the foods I can eat and to incorporate more foods that I haven’t been.
If you’ve ever been on this diet you will know how easy it is to get stuck eating the same things all the time! The most difficult thing about it is that every single thing needs to be prepared from main dishes, to sauces and dressings, to breads and crusts, etc. etc. etc. I don’t mind always having to prepare stuff but there’s not a lot that can be easily thrown together so I tend to get stuck eating foods that can be easily prepared like salad, cooked veggies, salmon, more salad, more cooked veggies….you get my drift.
So after finding her delicious blog and this delicious coconut cake I was back to having faith that not only will I survive but I will indeed thrive!! That is also why I am posting this picture, as a measure of my journey and the success I know I will have. This year I might have a tracheostomy and a body that’s going a little crazy at the moment but I will win this battle! I’ve already made some progress as a result of my efforts and hard work and as I continue to take back my power and control over my health and life, this time next year this picture will be very different. I guarantee it! As a new year starts for me, I figured there’s no better way to celebrate than with a resolution of health and some coconut cake! Now onto the cake…
You can find the cake recipe here. This recipe calls for honey or another sweetener but I do not use any in mine. On a candida diet you may want to add some xylitol or stevia if you consume either of those. I do not add any sweetener at all to mine and I find it sweet enough for my tastes. If you are not following the paleo autoimmune protocol then a great alternative for the crust is to add some ground flax seed instead of blueberries and I also add a pinch of vanilla powder (ground vanilla beans). You end up with more of a nutty taste and something closer to a traditional graham crumb crust. I love this crust along with the lime / coconut filling but alas I’m on the AIP and cannot have seeds of any kind:( Oh well, regaining my health is more important and some day I will be able to enjoy certain foods again because I know I’m going to heal. One last thing…when you are blending up the coconut filling mixture without honey I have learned that if you are using a regular blender that it will be more difficult and more time consuming and you have to keep pushing it down with a spoon or giving the blender a shake. I then tried it in our Blendtec, which is a high speed blender, and the process went much better. I know how hard it is to afford these things so I’m not saying it’s not possible in a regular blender and I encourage you to still do it. I just wanted to report what I’ve learned about making this and how much easier it was in the Blendtec. We purchased ours from costco about a year ago for about $380 and I noticed now they are $319. I have to be honest though, after using it now for many things, it was definitely worth it.