In 4th of Julys past, my dessert of choice has been a red, white and blue display made of vanilla cake topped with whipped cream and berries. YUM! But this 4th of July is different. This 4th of July is my first one while following the Paleo Diet. And rather than take the day “off” from Paleo, I decided to make a dessert that fit my Paleo needs by making a Paleo version of this cake.
It isn’t an exact version, though, it’s a spiced up cherry version!
To start, I added LOTS of vanilla to this almond flour, coconut flour, banana, and apple sauce batter. I then put 2 tbs of the batter into each muffin tin. And this is where these muffins get “spiced up”. I used a food processor to puree some fresh cherries and then put a layer of them in between layers of the batter.
Sometimes paleo muffins get hard in the fridge, but these stayed moist! I don’t know if it’s the apple sauce or the cherries, but it was a wonderful move because these truly taste great cold.
I apologize for my lack of decorating skills, these guys just melted so quickly! I also found it quite difficult to cut strawberries into flattering shapes. Like my attempt at fireworks and the American flag?
Skill or no skill, these red, white and blue muffins will be patriotic enough for any 4th of July event. Decorating these could also be a fun craft for kids or anyone really. Who wouldn’t want to decorate muffins when the reward is eating them?
- For the Cherry Vanilla Muffins:
- ¾ cup almond flour/meal
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tbs vanilla
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 tbs coconut oil (melted)
- ½ of a banana, mashed (this was about 2 tbs)
- ¼ cup + 1 tbs of apple sauce ( or one of those apple sauce cups)
- a heaping ½ cup of ground cherries
- To make the whipped coconut cream:
- 1 can of coconut cream (I like the Savoy brand because the only ingredients are coconut and water)
- 1 tbs honey
- 1tbs maple syrup
- 1 tbs vanilla
- Strawberries and Blueberries for decorating
- Put a can of coconut cream in the fridge (should be there for 2 hours at least).
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 12 cupcake pan with muffin tins.
- In bowl 1, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set the bowl aside.
- In bowl 2, mix the eggs, honey, vanilla, and coconut milk with an electric mixer until well mixed. Add the melted coconut oil to the bowl and mix with the electric mixer until well blended. Add the mashed banana and apple sauce to the bowl and mix with the electric mixer until well blended.
- Put bowl 1 into bowl 2 and mix with an electric mixer.
- Put 2 tbs of the batter into each muffin tin and flatten the batter with a spoon.
- Put a 1½ tsp of pureed cherries on top of the batter in each muffin tin.
- Then put 1 tbs of the remaining batter on top of the cherry layer in each muffin tin.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let the muffins cool completely before decorating.
- While the muffins cool, make the whipped cream.
- Take the canned cream out of the fridge and then put the cream, 1 tbs honey, 1 tbs maple syrup, and 1 tbs vanilla in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until the mixture thickens and turns into whipped cream. Place the whipped cream in the fridge until ready to be used. If the cream isn't whipping into a thick enough texture, I find that putting the bowl into the freezer for 10 minutes and whipping it again works.
- Put some of the whipped coconut cream on each muffin and top with strawberries and blueberries.