Healthy Almond Cake
This almond recipe is a great way to love cake without the feeling as though you're on a guilt trip!
For pudding, or even as a nibble between meals
Low in fat and high in nutriment, it can be eaten as a nibble or as a variance for pudding, try out pouring sour cream or natural yoghourt on top.
The great thing about this recipe is it can be changed as you need it to be.
Great for people with food intolerances
For those with wheat intolerance, just ditch the flour and add more of the almonds.
Egg intolerance? Simply replace it with a splash of luke warm water. You can pretty much adapt this as you wish.
Likewise, if you don't have time to simmer the lemons (or if you simply prefer not to!) Citrus limon concentrate can be used, although you don't get the same zingy flavor. Just add a few lemon rind shavings to the mix to rectify this.
These are the ingredients you'll need to make a super healthy, easy almond cake recipe
2-3 lemons (depending on size)
3 medium-sized eggs
200g caster sugar
50g plain flour
200g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
Here's how to do it:
Cover the lemons with water in a saucepan. Then bring it to the boil and let it simmer for one hour.
Halve the lemons and remove the pips. Place them into a blender complete with skins, and blend until a paste is achieved.
Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease a 2lb (900g) loaf tin with knob of butter or a splash ofoil spray, and line with greaseproof paper.
Beat the eggs and sugar together.
Fold the flour, baking powder, almonds and lemon paste into the egg mix.
Put into a baking tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until the top is golden.
for around 10 mins.
Some almonds nutrition facts...
Here we take a look at almonds nutrition facts.
As is often the case with many dried nuts and suchlike, including almonds, calories can be high. Often people avoid them because of this. However, what many people are unaware of is that eating almonds can decrease the chances of weight gain.
Almonds nutrition facts you didn't know about
Studies showed that study participants who ate nuts on two occasions or more per week were at a much lower risk of weight gain than people who ate very few nuts.
Their capacity to promote a lower ingestion of trans fatty acids, animal protein, sodium, cholesterol and sugars, as seen in the study while increasing the intake of health-promoting monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Health benefits of almonds
Putting calories aside for a moment, we must also consider the numerous health benefits of almonds.
There have been hundreds of studies that show the health benefits of almonds , too many to list here.But almonds have been proven to be beneficial to health.
Here are some of the major benefits of almonds
Eating almonds can increase the body's levels of antioxidants and reduce rises in blood sugar- and therefore insulin - after you have eaten.
Research shows that eating almonds with a high glycaemic index food significantly lowers the glycaemic index of the meal.
Almonds also have a high potassium content, an important electrolyte involved in the contraction of all muscles including the heart. Potassium is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
Also a known benefit of almonds is that they are a good source of magnesium.
A Little Background on Almonds
The almond is a very attractive, medium height tree of the rose family. The almond tree is also closely related to the peach apricot and plum.
As with the peach fruit, the almond consists of a seed surrounded by a hard outer shell, which in turn is surrounded by a fleshier part. When reaching maturity, the hull splits open. If dried, the nut can be easily separated from the shell.