Tonight is the last night of my "retirement" as I start a new job tomorrow and I decided to celebrate with a sweety-yum-yum of some sort. The crisp atmosphere of Fall is in the air begging me to make a cozy treat for the evening. Keeping in line with the Autumn theme of the treat, I decided to utilize some acorns I have had processed and ready to use for about two years.
I have been trying to get away from enriched flour (and leaning towards gluten free all together) and so, started searching out a recipe that I could use that did NOT include wheat based flour. This proved to be quite a task! Just about every recipe that uses acorn flour ALSO uses another wheat based flour. I finally found one that made me perk up.
Here is what I found:
Banana Acorn Cake (Flourless, Gluten Free)
- 1/4 cup acorn meal
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 2/3 cup mashed bananas
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Mix dry ingredients together, then mix wet ingredients together. Pour into pre-oiled pan (a smallish bread pan works well) and cook for approx 20 minutes at 350.
You can see the original post here : http://bearmedicineherbals.com/banana-acorn-cake-flourless-gluten-free.html
I had to keep it in the oven for probably more like 40 minutes in order for it to not seem like an oil bubbling chocolate sponge. I had a piece of it while it was still hot and the center was molten coconut oil and somehow I could not decide if it was gross or yummy. I decided to put it in the fridge to cool it down and then try again.
Vanilla almond milk in hand, I pulled the cooled "cake" out of the fridge for a second try. It was still pretty much an oil soaked sponge, but no longer apt to cause 3rd degree burns in my mouth. I sliced off a tiny sliver of the very flat, dense, oily loaf and popped it in my mouth. Again... absolute toss up, is this disgusting, or yummy?
I think it is the coconut oil. Or, perhaps it's the banana. Maybe that I used dark chocolate cocoa? Either way, it's not the acorn that I am having a problem with personally. I decided to get a second opinion and presented it to my mother. She decided it was worthy and I left the entire "cake" with her and her fork.
Perhaps I will try tweaking this recipe and see if I can turn it into something more palatable, but that is not going to happen tonight.