Grapefruit n’ Basil Sesame Seed Cake and Giveaway…

I’ve been itching to bake a gluten-free, summer inspired cake for the past few days and I recently came up with this deliciously healthy and tasty recipe in my lil kitchen.  The combination of fresh grapefruit with black sesame seeds and fresh, sweet basil adds the perfect touch to a light, spongy cake that is perfect for an afternoon treat or an after-dinner dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking
  • 2 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Foods Gluten-Free Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Gluten-Free Puffed Rice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. grated grapefruit zest
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. stevia, for topping

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, stevia, cinnamon, fresh basil, baking powder, baking soda and sesame seeds.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine Gluten-Free cereals, almond milk, egg whites, olive oil, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice and yogurt; mix well to ensure cereal is evenly coated.  Slowly add almond flour mixture; stir well until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to a baking dish coated with baking spray.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack to cool.  Sprinkle with additional stevia.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  7. Enjoy!

And Now…

First, Please vote for my SPAM Recipe as I am one of the finalists.  Please click on this link and award me 5 ratings :

http://www.spam.com/recipes/detail.aspx?recipeId=5299

For My Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a jar of Coconut Secret’s Raw Coconut Crystals and Raw Coconut Nectar, which are both low-glycemic sugar alternatives free of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.  These are made from 100% Pure Coconut Tree Sap, Gluten-Free, Unbleached, Unrefined, Non-GMO and Vegan.

To Enter:

Leave me a comment on this post telling me how you’d use these crystals and nectar in your cooking and baking.

Good Luck; I will be choosing a winner on Friday, August the 27th at 5PM EST.

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MaraNatha Nut Butter Giveaway

I recently received a fabulous surprise from MaraNathat Nut Butters, who sent me a package of their nut butters to try…let’s just say I had a wee bit of fun recipe testing with these tasty nut butters…

Macadamia Nut Butter

Sunflower Seed Butter

Honey Almond Butter

Organic Peanut Butter

Cashew Butter

My favorite nut butter? Hmmmm…that’s a tough one; I’d have to say it’s a close tie between the Macadamia Nut Butter and the Honey Almond Butter…they ‘knocked my socks off’ and I created delicious recipes from breakfast pancakes to dinner peanut sauce to decadent desserts…

There’s something special about nut butters…they’re not just for your typical PB&J…they compliment any dish and keep your meals exciting, as well as your taste buds yearning for more!

My favorite MaraNatha creation was born last night in my tiny lil’ kitchen…

I created a Macadamia Nut Butter Cookie that’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

Macadamia Nut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup MaraNatha Macadamia Nut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Egg substitute for 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup stevia

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using hands, mix well.
  • Form into small balls and place onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks for cooling.
  • Enjoy!

And, now for the giveaway….Drumroll, please….

The nice folks over at MaraNatha have offered two sets of two coupons to 2 very lucky winners.

Here are 3 ways you can enter to win:

  • Leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite nut butter recipe.
  • Link back to this contest on your blog.
  • Tweet: @Thehealthyapple is hosting a Maranatha giveaway.

I will pick 2 random winners on Wednesday, March the 17th at 5:00 PM EST.

Good Luck!

Product Review: Enjoy Life Foods

A big thank you to my friends over at Enjoy Life Foods, who sent me a wonderful package of their delicious granolas!

Enjoy Life Foods has a vast array of yummy products, all of which are free of the eight most common allergens: No Wheat/Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Soy, Fish or Shellfish.  Moreover, all Enjoy Life products are made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites!  Aside from their granola, Enjoy Life also provides trail mix, cookies, bagels, chocolate chips and chocolate bars.

Cinnamon Crunch

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Cranapple Crunch

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Very Berry Crunch

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After reviewing each of these yummy flavors, my clients and I most enjoyed the Cinnamon Crunch Granola, which is packed with a burst of cinnamon and adds a delightful crunch atop salads or yogurt parfaits with fruit.  Enjoy Life Foods Granola is perfectly satisfying when eaten right out of the bag, too.  Many of my clients admit to stashing a bag of granola in their desk drawer for a mid-afternoon snack.  Not too sweet, not too salty, these tasty granolas add a wonderful crunch when combined with other cereals, baked into muffins and added to your homemade trail mix!  Enjoy Life Foods is a wonderful brand- I love how each product is free of the most common food allergens-this is great news for myself and many of my clients who suffer from food allergies and intolerances.

So, go ahead and enjoy your life with Enjoy Life Foods…aside from the granola, Enjoy Life Foods offers other allergen- free products.  So, go ahead and pick up some Enjoy Life Foods products at your nearest health food store or Whole Foods Market-they are surely worth the trip!  Enjoy Life Foods are great for any age (I am living proof—I love the brand), however, I encourage many of my clients to purchase these foods for their young children with allergens/intolerances because the taste is so ‘real’ and kids will not feel deprived or ‘odd’ when they cannot enjoy what the other children at school are eating–because they’ll have their very own fabulous allergen-free foods!

Believe me, if you or a loved one suffers from food allergens/intolerances or simply avoids these ingredients-Enjoy Life Foods will do wonders for your snacks and meals…and your pantry will be thrilled to finally see some fun, healthy products stocked and ready for your enjoyment!

Have you ever tried Enjoy Life Food products? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience and which products you have tried.  Your comments are of great value to many of my clients and I thank you all!