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Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten Free)

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The holiday vortex. It is only when I’ve woken up in January from my sugar filled dreams that I realize I’ve been caught in culinary bliss; blissfully drifting from bite to bite through the month of December. My body screams- it’s time to wake up – time to thin down – time to ‘try’ to leave the sugar and excess poundage behind. Every year around this time I do a gentle cleanse. Now don’t panic, it is not just a juice cleanse, which I doubt I could ever do, but it does strip out a few edible options. The cleanse is gluten, dairy, and sugar free. There are a few foods I can’t eat temporarily, but Continue reading ‘Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten Free)’

Unless you know someone with a Feijoa Tree!

Feijoa – A waxy green fruit about 3″ long. Although it is not a guava you may know it as a Pineapple Guava. Feijoa sellowiana is an evergreen shrub which grows to approximately 10-16 ft. It typically thrives in subtropical regions but is hardy and once established will tolerate moderate frosts. This peculiar fruit is either eaten raw (with or without the skin) or made into jellies, sauces and chutneys. As you may have guessed, this post is one for the Aussies & Kiwis…unless you know someone with a Fejoa Tree (yes, I DO)!

Gorgeous Feijoa Almond Coffee Cake

Cake Ingredients

6 TBS butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup Feijoa (pineapple guava) puree
2 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsps ground ginger
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
crystallized ginger slices, finely chopped (optional)
whip cream (optional)

Cocoa Crumble Streusel Topping Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 TBS cocoa powder
1 tsp allspice
1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened

Cake Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a 9-inch round cake tin with cooking spray.

Cut fruits in half and remove soft center with a teaspoon. Mash Fejoa until it becomes pulp.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and honey. Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. Fold in fruit pulp.

In a medium size bowl, sift flour and add in salt, ginger, baking powder and baking soda. Add into butter mixture. Fold in milk.

Spread into prepared pan and bake 15 minutes.

Struesel Crumble Directions
To make the streusel topping, add the flour, sugars, cocoa powder and allspice to a medium bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix butter and dry ingredients until fully combined. Set aside.

Remove cake from oven and sprinkle almonds over cake followed by the streusel topping. (Finely chopped crystallized ginger may be placed on top of cake.) Bake for another 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into middle of cake comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes to set-up.

Serve with fresh whip cream and freshly pulped Fejoas.

Fejoa Coffee Cake (photo failure on resolution)

Fejoa Coffee Cake (photo failure on resolution)