Paleo Birthday Treat that Won’t Derail Your Diet

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This year I wanted to do something special for my husband’s birthday.  However, we are both into eating healthy and don’t really want to stop doing that.  Yes, we all need to treat ourselves every now and then, but with my food sensitivities, it’s difficult to find a treat that we both can and want to eat.  For the last few years I’ve been making fruit “cakes”, which is basically fruit cut into the shape of a cake.  The problem with doing that is that melons work best, and my husband isn’t a huge fan of watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew.  He will eat it if I make it, but he prefers fruits like pineapple and cherries.  So I thought it would be best to make him a Paleo baked good since that’s the diet that’s most close to the way we eat.

That was my inspiration for this year’s cake.  I decided I wanted to make him a Paleo cake that I could eat, but that would satisfy his taste buds.  After some poking around on Google, I found a recipe for Paleo angel food cake made with coconut flour.  Since baking with coconut flour leaves you with the coconut flavor, I thought it would complement pineapple and cherry very well.  What to do with the pineapple and cherry?  I decided to try making a 2-3 ingredient compote and topping the cake with it.

The plan is to surprise my husband with this.  We have plans to go out for dinner but he has no idea that I’m making this special treat for him.  Last year I didn’t do anything at all because we were so busy with community theatre and I was battling allergies.  Lately I’ve been so bogged down in work that I haven’t taken the time to do very many special things, so his birthday is the perfect time to make it up to him!

The recipes I tried are not my own, so I can’t take credit for them.

Side view of my cake
Side view of my cake

This is the cake recipe I used:  http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/grain-free-angel-food-cake/

4 ingredient compote
4 ingredient compote

This is the compote recipe I used (though substituted pineapple for strawberry since that’s what my hubby likes):  http://minimalistbaker.com/simple-berry-compote/

The picture is how my cake/compote turned out.  I even made a smaller version so I could take a picture without cutting into my hubby’s treat before I present it to him. Plus, I needed to make sure it tasted good! It tastes really good.  However, as you can see it is pretty flat.  I suspected something was wrong when the mixture went flat as I was stirring the flour into the egg white mixture.  I think I didn’t get the egg whites beaten to stiff enough peaks.   Despite that, the flavor is delicious so I feel good about giving it to my hubby tonight.

Hopefully you found this to be helpful.  Do you have any favorite healthy treat recipes?

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