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POPPY SEED CAKE

Category: Paleo

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There is definitely poppy-seed-baking tradition in the Czech Republic. Though I have to admit that adding blueberries to a poppy seed cake is not traditional (but you know, sometimes food needs to be used up before it goes off; and sometimes you do feel like experimenting rather than just making a plain old crumble). Using plantain flour is definitely not traditional either! But using grain-free flours has become the tradition of my blog, so I guess this cake is a mix of the traditional and non-traditional. Anyway, it’s healthy and it’s delicious!

We use green plantains and ground poppy seeds instead of flour. And it works wonders! Green plantains are great for Paleo or AIP baking. They are a starchy fruit of the plantain family that is extremely versatile in the kitchen. You can use them as “flour” in both sweet and savoury baking. They are perfect for making pancakes or waffles. And they can be fried as French fries, too!

A word of warning, though: Green plantains cannot be substituted by bananas! When a recipe calls for plantains, make sure you check whether it’s green plantains (not too ripe) or ripe plantains. They have a different taste and texture in the different stages of ripeness. When you peel them, don’t expect anything like bananas, either. It’s quite a hard job to peel plantains. But here’s a trick: Use a knife to slice the skin along the ridges. Then peel. The peel will come off more easily.

If you haven’t tried using a plantain in the kitchen yet, this is a great opportunity! And no worries, if you’re out of blueberries, scroll down to see a tip on how to make this cake without blueberries or similar berries. You’ll make it a bit more traditional but it’s still going to be super healthy and delicious!

POPPY FACTS

- improves heart health

- boosts immune system

- protects against type 2 diabetes

- helps to improve digestion

- beneficial in improving bone health

- helps to prevent nervous disorders

- gives relief from pain and headaches

- reduces risk of macular degeneration

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Macro*:

Fibre - 78%

Fat - 64%

Protein - 36%

Calories - 26%

Minerals*:

Mn - 335%

Ca - 144%

Mg - 87%

K - 87%

Vitamins*:

Thiamin - 52%

Folate - 21%

Vitamon B6 - 12%

Riboflavin - 6%

 

*Recommended daily value per 100g.

Poppy seed cake

(Paleo)

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Ingredients:

 

2 green plantains

1 cup ground poppy seeds

4 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1 + 1/2 cup blueberries

essence of vanilla

1/4 tsp baking soda

a pinch of salt

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).

2. Use knife to cut plantains along the edges and peel them. Cut plantains to small pieces. Pulse pieces in the food processer to form a meal.

3. Add other ingredients (apart from blueberries) and pulse until the batter is liquid or almost liquid.

4. Add half a cup of blueberries and pulse again. If you find the batter too solid, add another quarter cup of blueberries.

5. Grease baking mould with fat and sprinkle some blueberries on the bottom. Pour batter over blueberries. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top.

6. Bake for approx. 35 - 40 mins. Let cool down and serve.

 

More tips:

If you don’t want to use blueberries or other berries, just use 1 cup of coconut milk instead.

Feel free to use any sweetener in whatever amount you prefer.

 

Enjoy!

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