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Grain-Free Walnut Honey Cake

Increasingly, many people avoid grains altogether. Are you one of them? Avoiding gluten grains is hard; avoiding ALL grains is extremely hard—but not impossible. Whenever I have guests, I ask ahead if they have any special diet needs (or simply detest certain foods) and I try to accommodate their requests.

Grain-Free Walnut Honey Cake

Grain-Free Walnut Honey Cake

For example, at a single dinner party, I once served a variety of people with multiple needs—in addition to no gluten, all of the dishes were free of sugar, corn, soy, and dairy. Luckily, I could use eggs and nuts which gave me lots of options.

The Gluten Intolerance Group tells me that a high percentage of gluten-free folks also have other allergens to contend with (usually dairy), so I’m not surprised to see many of you with multiple needs… that’s why all of my cookbooks are also dairy-free—including my latest cookbook, 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes

This Grain-Free Walnut Honey Cake is an example of a dessert you can serve to many people with differing special diet needs. It is moist because it is sweetened with honey, which is a natural humectant (it draws in water). It is also easy since you grind the nuts in a food processor and blend the other ingredients into the nuts—all in the same vessel—which means fewer dishes to wash.

Grain-Free Walnut Honey Cake
By Carol Fenster
Everyone will love this cake, but it is especially nice when you have guests who are grain-free as well as gluten-free. If you use buttery spread or oil, it is also dairy-free, plus there is no soy, either and if you use a corn-free baking powder, you eliminate that culprit as well. So, it can meet the needs of many guests with different special diet needs, even your Paleo guests.

2 cups walnut pieces (measure before grinding)
1/2 cup honey
3 large whole eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or buttery spread, melted (or canola oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons powdered sugar, for dusting

[1] Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Generously grease; then line the bottom of an 8-inch round nonstick (gray, not black) springform pan with wax paper or parchment paper. Grease it again and set aside.

[2] Grind the walnuts in a food processor to a very fine meal. Add the honey, eggs, baking powder, butter, vanilla, and salt to the food processor and process 30 to 40 seconds. Scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula and process another 30 seconds more or until smooth. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

[3] Bake about 35 to 40 to minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The cake rises as it bakes, then falls slightly as it cools. Watch carefully toward the end because it is more likely to burn due to the honey. Cool the cake in the pan 15 minutes on a wire rack. Cut around edge of the pan with a sharp knife to loosen the cake. Release pan sides; discard paper liner. Dust with powdered sugar, cut into slices, and serve. Makes 10 servings.

Per serving: 270 calories; 8g protein; 20g total fat; 4g saturated fat; 1g fiber; 19g carbohydrates; 69mg cholesterol; 195mg sodium

 

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