This week was my mother's birthday, and so I needed a good birthday cake recipe! So, the orange cream cake was born!! :D
My mom has been a Lyme warrior practically her entire life, and we have fought the Lyme battle side by side for many years now. My mother is a beautiful and incredible woman, and so I wanted a cake that was just as beautiful and amazing as her!
This cake is easy to make, refined sugar free, and made with whole wheat flour! It just the perfect taste of orange and is absolutely beautiful and perfect for any special occasion!
Orange Cream Cake
1/3 Cup butter
1/3 Cup palm shortening
2 tsp (or about one orange's worth) grated orange rind
3/4 Cup golden Monk Fruit sweetener
1/2 Cup raw honey
2 1/2 Cups whole wheat bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp organic orange flavoring (or 2-4 drops of orange essential oil)
1 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 Cup organic maple syrup (or more depending on desired sweetness)
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
2 tsp. organic orange flavoring
orange zest and orange slices (optional for decoration)
I know the word "raw" never really sounds that tasteful when you're talking about food, but I'm here to tell you that raw food is amazing mainly because it's chock-full of nutrients that don't get extracted from your food due to high levels of heat! This pie is made from all whole ingredients, and it doesn't include any harmful dyes, refined sugars, or additives. The green color comes from spirulina (which is a super food), and the chocolate pudding laying is made from scratch, doesn't come from a box, and doesn't have any ingredients with long names that are impossible to pronounce! On top of all of that, it taste's amazing!
Raw Mint Chocolate Pie
This recipe is great for all of you Lacto-Vegetarians out there! (For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, a lacto-vegetarian diet consists of regular vegetarian principles, but also includes dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as well.) The good news is that this recipe uses a very small amount of cheese in it, and it is completely gluten free! Meatless chicken nuggets are also a good source of protein due to the quinoa, and they offer lots of essential vitamins from the sweet potatoes!
Here at Chronically Beautiful, I do not promote any one particular dietary theory, but instead believe in the concept of bio-individuality. This means that one person's food, is another person's poison. It's really important to experiment with the foods that we consume, and find out what works best for our own individual body type. (With that said, I highly encourage a diet that contains high quality, whole, organic food. And I highly discourage anything that is heavily processed or comes in a box pre-made.) Although I am not a vegetarian, I generally only eat meat three times a week. Therefore, I love vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and taste delicious!
This recipe works great for using up any left over sweet potatoes in the fridge. It's quick and easy, and kids love it! It's also great because you can generally add spices and herbs to your liking. I will include the spices and herbs that I personally use in the recipe below, but I would highly encourage you to experiment with your own favorite flavors! I'm a strong believer of always expanding your palate, and it's hard to go wrong with certain recipes such as these! :)
Meatless "Chicken" Nuggets
*To cook 2 cups worth of cooked quinoa, you will need to cook approximately 1 cup according to the instructions on the packet. Make sure quinoa is completely cooled and chilled before using for recipe. I like to add salt to my quinoa, but that is completely optional.
I've spent a large portion of my life listening to all the puns that can be made with my name!
The good news is that these babies were created simply because if I'm going to love food as much as I do, I might as well have a food that shares a name with me! These eclairs were created with love from Claire's Kitchen and use only whole, organic ingredients! They're also refined sugar free, which means that even someone with Lyme disease can eat them! So you get the delicious taste without the after affects of feeling sick! It's a win win for everyone in the kitchen today! :D
*Makes 16 small eclairs, or 8 larger eclairs.
Welcome to My Kitchen!
Food is one of the greatest forms of science, art, medicine, and sustenance all at the same time! It's what feeds our lives and pumps through our blood. It's what connects us and what gives us energy to fulfill our purpose. It is for that reason that I have a deep passion for discovering, cooking, and eating only the most nutrient dense foods. In my kitchen, we only use organic, whole ingredients that feed the body, as well as the mind and soul. My hope is to inspire healing through healthy AND delicious food that feeds not only our stomachs, but also our hunger for connection and quality of life.