Wow…wow….wow…….what a cake that I had tried! I made the second time yesterday. The first time when I made it, it was not sweet enough. I used too much cocoa powder and too little stevia, a natural sugar. But this time it’s perfect…..so happy….big smiles! I made this healthy chocolate cake for a special friend who is diabetic. There’s no gluten, no dairy and sugarless! I’m really so glad that it turned out successful on my second attempt. A joy too to know that my friend and his wife liked it very much. This cake is moist and taste better the next day.
To make this cake, I used almond powder instead of wheat flour, not even spelt flour. I used olive oil instead of butter and stevia and tagatose instead of the normal sugar. You can get stevia from the supermarkets. However I have not seen tagatose. If you use the stevia from the supermarket, do not use 1/2C. Tagatose is different, a lot less sweet. You have to go by trial and error. Remember that stevia, though it’s a natural sugar that’s zero calories and does not raise blood sugar, is many times sweeter than normal sugar. You can order NuNatural stevia or tagatose from NuNaturals.com. There’s a 25% off for tagatose at the moment. NuNatural offers premium stevia without the bitter aftertaste. I am still using it myself, a very good alternative to sugar. The small packets are shown in my previous post, NuStevia Giveaway - Natural Sweetener For Better Health.
According to Wikipedia, tagatose is a functional sweetener. It is a naturally occurring monosaccharide, specifically a hexose. It is often found in dairy products, and is very similar in texture to sucrose (table sugar) and is 92% as sweet, but with only 38% of the calories.
Tagatose is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FAO/WHO and has been since 2001.
Since it is metabolized differently from sucrose, tagatose has a minimal effect on blood glucose and insulin levels. Tagatose is also approved as a tooth-friendly ingredient.
Here’s my No Gluten No Dairy No Sugar Chocolate Cake recipe.
1/2C olive oil
3 packets of stevia powder
Put all of Ingredients A in a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk until combined.
1/4C cocoa powder
1/2C hot water
Mix Ingredients B well. Add to the egg mixture above.
150g almond powder
1t baking powder
Add Ingredients C to the egg and chocolate mixture above. Mix well. Pour into a baking tin lined with baking paper. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. The time depends on the size of the tin. I used a deeper tin this time, about 10″x10″. The next time I make I may try omitting the baking powder and see how it works. I think with the eggs, it will most likely turn out well too without the baking powder.
Cool, cut and serve. This cake sunk a little in the centre but it’s ok. What is important is the taste and texture and that it’s good for those who have health needs, especially those who are suffering from diabetes.
So, how have your week gone by? It’s Friday again and I do hope you love Fridays as you look forward to your weekend. I had a busy week with visitors and mooncake festival party in church. Managed to make some baked mooncakes and some chocolate snow skin (ping pei) mooncakes with mung bean paste filling for the party but had to cancel all mooncake orders this year due to my leg condition. Making mooncakes is too time consuming and too much standing. It’s fun to make though.
I’m so glad to say that I really got down to house cleaning. I mean really cleaning out stuff and getting things organised. Can’t believe how much waste and unused stuff I had kept. I guess I’m not alone….*grin*. I spent 2 days cleaning out just my kitchen and utility room! On the first day, I spent 5 hours but then the second day, I had to spend 1 hour looking for a mould that I kept too well!! Just not too sure whether to cry or to laugh….haha. At the rate I’m cleaning, I think it’s going to take me half a year to clean up my whole house…..*grin*. I just hope I don’t give up half way. To help, I play psychological game to myself. I just imagine that I’m leaving soon. It actually helps….*big smiles*. I wish that I love housework but honestly I don’t……*sigh*. If only housework is as interesting and fun as badminton! I hope you will share with me your tips how you love housework.
I must say that at the moment house cleaning is actually good for my leg as I need to walk a lot as I move around cleaning the house at a very slow and steady pace. My physiotherapist would be very happy if he knows this….*wink*. I’m glad to say that my recovery from my Achilles tendon rupture is progressing well. The many sessions with my physiotherapists really help. I can stand on tip toe now and I have progressed from playing standing badminton to walking badminton……..yippee. It’s already 4 months. But I need another 2 months before I can play competitive badminton again. I’m much looking forward to the day when I can start jogging. It’s so frustrating not to be able to run. But I know, patience is highly important at the moment.
Till then, see you in my next post. Have fun with whatever you are doing.
Quote of the day……
“Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.”
- Arthur Ashe Jr