Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gluten Free Mini Honey Cakes


grain free mini honey cakes


We can't get enough of these delicious mini honey cakes! And they are just in time for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year . Since honey is a key ingredient in the Jewish New Year celebration, I thought these golden little honey cakes would be perfect.

Acts as a  nourishing breakfast muffin, a delightful snack, or a simple dessert
 topped with whipped cream

 They have a light texture, are easy and fast to make, and use simple ingredients.  Honestly, they were exceptionally delicious and came out better than I expected. I just want to note that although I made them in muffin tins, they are not really muffins.. they are little nutritious cakes.. but call them what you like.. ( the batter is more like a cake batter than a muffin batter)

I always worry when getting together with family and friends to celebrate holidays because I'll be eating many delicious traditional holiday foods, many that may not be so good for me. As I become more and more conscious of wanting to eat and feel healthy, I've tried to adapt many of my mother's and grandmother's recipes or find new recipes to suit our gluten free and vegetarian lifestyle.  I found this grain free recipe on a blog called Simply Cooked .

This recipe  uses coconut flour ( purchase in any health food store) and does call for a lot of eggs. However, since all the ingredients are so good for you, this creation could be eaten for breakfast! It's less than an egg per cake ( 6 eggs- 9 little cakes)  In addition, these little baked delights are delicious enough to considered a side at a meal like a piece of sweet kugel.

I'm still experimenting with trying to cut down the eggs. I tried a second batch using 3 eggs and a mashed banana , added another 1/4 cup of almond milk , and I cut down the honey to 1/8 cup.  It's important to add enough liquid when baking with coconut flour , as it absorbs more than regular flour.  The second batch was heavier, but still delicious and very moist. Maybe next time egg whites??

New Info: A few of my readers left comments suggesting  trying flax and water. Read Wendy's comments in the comment section gives the exact substitution amount per egg.

 If you are ok using the 6 eggs, try the original recipe as it was very light and fluffy.

  • You don't have to be celebrating the holiday to try this recipe.
  •  Everyone who test tasted it, loved it! ( Grandkids, son , daugther in law, husband, GF friends)
  • Whether you eat it for breakfast, a snack , or drizzle with honey and whipped cream for a richer dessert.. you will love it and feel good knowing it's all nutritious ingredients.


Since it can be whipped up in 5 minutes and baked in 10-15 minutes, it's a great recipe to keep on hand.

Blog : Gluten Free A-Z 
Prep Time: 5- 8 minutes
Bake Time: 10-15 minutes 
Makes 9 muffins

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup coconut flour ( available at health food stores)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ( aluminum free) baking powder
6 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup olive oil ( or coconut oil which will have a stronger flavor)
1/2 cup almond milk ( or any milk)
1/4 cup honey ( I only use raw and local honey. Beware of commercial honey here's why )

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Sift  dry ingredients together into a large bowl.( 1/2 cup coconut flour, 1/4 t. sea salt, 1/2 t baking powder)
Whisk wet ingredients in a small bowl. ( 6 eggs, 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup honey)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until there are no lumps.
Pour batter into greased muffin cups until 3/4 full.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
cool in pan for 5 minutes and then turn onto a rack to cool completely.

What do you make with coconut flour? If you have any tips please leave a comment to share with others.




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41 comments:

  1. Although we're no gluten free, these caught my attention because they're honey cakes! They sound delicious :) I found you via See Ya In the Gumbo!

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    1. Jaime,
      You are so right. You don't have to be gluten free to enjoy these. Coconut flour is not only healthy and low carb, but it is delicious.

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  2. I LOVE honey! These look delicious and not super hard. Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Just heard about Flax meal as an egg replacement. Maybe that would work for less eggs?

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    1. I think you are right. I will look into it. Thanks.

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  4. These are amazing!!!! Yes you could try substituing with flax meal. You mix a ratio of 1 tablespoon of flax to 3 tablespoons of water.

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    1. Thanks for the ratio.. I hope it works for 6 eggs!

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  5. Thanks for the recipe. My picky kids loved it and the funny thing is that they saw it on the counter while I was at work last evening and thought it was corn bread and ate it all up! Made again for breakfast this morning!

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    1. That is so funny, they do look like corn muffins. Glad your kids liked it.

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  6. these look great--I'll have to share with my GF friends! Found you at Good Tastes Tuesday Recipe Link Party!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It's a great recipe to share.. nice and easy

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  7. I've been wanting to try coconut flour...and your recipe looks so tasty that now I know what I am going to make! Glad I found you on Good Tastes Tuesday!

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    1. I think you will like the texture of coconut flour. To me, it tasted the best of all the GF flours

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  8. I'm grabbing come flour this week and trying these!!

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    1. They just take a few minutes to make. Hope you enjoy them.

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  9. I could eat one of these, they look really good!

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  10. These little cakes look so moist! And so easy/fast. Isn't that the truth about holidays and food!
    Thank you for linking this week, Judee. Cute cakes!

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    1. They are moist and easy and fast. Hope you get to try them.

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  11. I love using coconut flour. These cakes sound and look wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. Cindy,
      I think of all the possible flours that could be used in a recipe, coconut flour is the healthiest and tastiest. These little muffins are fabulous!

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  12. They sound delicious and they are cute! I am so glad you share on our BBQ Block Party. I am learning a lot about cooking and baking gluten free. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. I know that baking gluten free takes a little education as it is different.

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  13. Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! These look fantastic. I know my daughter would love them. You are one of our featured posters for next week! Come by on monday and check it out!

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    1. So excited and honored for the feature. These muffins are special. I hope your daughter gets to make them and taste them.

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  14. I wish I wasn't allergic to honey because this looks soo good. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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    1. Yes, it is a honey cake, but I wonder if you could substitute pumpkin?

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  15. Beautiful looking cake!!
    I've just seen it being featured on "See Ya In The Gumbo" :)
    It would be perfect for one of my nephews especially for our holidays coming up this week.
    Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. Hi Winnie,
      No one makes better cakes than you ! I am so flattered that you took a look at mine! Love your site

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  17. These cakes look lovely and delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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  18. I love that you've made this classic cake gluten free but still moist and delicious! There really is something special about mini treats :-) I've pinned this recipe to my Gluten Free Recipes board. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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    1. I so appreciate the pin . Thank you so much. They are moist and delicious

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  19. Oh, I just love honey -these sound so delicious! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you Kathy,
      I'm a big fan of Home and Garden Thursday.

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  20. I love cakes specially gluten free..i always looking for the different recipes..your recipe is looking very nice..i'll definitely going to make this..thanks for posting!

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    1. I hope that you enjoy them. These are really fast and easy and use very healthy ingredients

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  21. I am more than willing to make these for Rosh HaShana. They are so in my style of minis and with the coconut flour, they sound yummy. Thanks for sharing this and hopefully making the holidays easier for me and others.

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    1. I hope you enjoy them if you make them. I tried to offer a good gluten free alternative for Rosh Hashana

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  22. Dear Judee,
    Several days ago I baked your Mini Honeycakes to "feed the freezer" for Rosh Hashana. They came out beautifully. My currently grain-free daughter and my gluten-sensitive daughter-in-love are going to be thrilled with this year's dessert. The honeycakes are gently sweet, have a tender, truly cake-like crumb instead of a "health muffin" weightiness, and are chockfull of medium chain fatty acids and free of refined sugar while looking exactly like "civilian" cake! Right away their versatility was apparent; they're my new "little black dress" of treats. This year's accessory will be an Apple-Date-Pecan Compote. Do you allow/desire reader's photos of your recipes on your blog? If so, and if I can figure out how to do so, I'll send you a photo if you wish. In the meantime, thank you for this and ALL your delicious, wholesome, and useful recipes and tips, and the happiest of new years to you and yours.
    Laura SC

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