Friday, June 22, 2012

Grain-Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake plus JK Gourmet Almond Flour Giveaway



Have you forgotten about my birthday cake challenge? No? Good. Neither have I. The deadline is this Monday, and as usual, I waited until the last minute to make my cakes. I'm a master procrastinator, a skill I wish I was not so adept at. I'm guessing some of you are good at this too, as I've only received 4 entries into the challenge so far (ahem...cough...hint hint).

I have an excuse though. My friend and cookbook co-author, Brittany Angell, was here last week and I learned that I can't multitask. Bake a cake and host a friend? No no, that is way too much for my brain to handle these days. One thing at a time, people, one thing at a time.

Last week it was Brittany and our cooking demo at the GIG Wellness Expo, this week it's cake.

After making three failed grain-free, vegan cupcake recipes today, I decided to go easy on myself and just do something simple. I'm not sure why I always try to do things the hardest possible way, but I've been working on changing that habit. This is why I'll no longer be baking food for the blog that I can't eat (after today). This is also why you're getting a recipe that only contains 5 ingredients. And my guess is, you're probably going to be happier with that anyway than you would with a cupcake recipe with 10 ingredients.

So today, I present to you a Grain-Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. 

This cake challenge entry comes to you courtesy of JK Gourmet. I contacted them because they make a superior quality blanched almond flour. They're also a small company and have been delightful to work with. As a blogger, I find that I get 3 possible responses when contacting companies: a) no response, b) lukewarm response, c) genuinely pleasant response. With JK Gourmet, I got more than that because the owners of the company, Jodi and Steven, are the ones who got back to me. No PR or marketing person (not that I don't love talking to them too), just the lovely husband and wife team who get their products because they use them. So I have to extend a big thanks to both Jodi and Steven for sending me their flour to work with and also for offering up a generous 5 pound bag of blanched almond flour to one of you.

Today's Giveaway: A 5 pound bag of JK Gourmet blanched almond flour sent to your door.

How to enter: 

  1. Peruse the JK Gourmet website, then leave a comment below telling me which of their posted recipes sounds best to you. 
  2. Follow JK Gourmet on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me you did so.
  3. Follow The Daily Dietribe on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest if you don't already. Leave a separate comment for each. 
  4. If you already follow me, go ahead and link to this post on your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Leave a separate comment for each. 
  5. For 5 entries: Make a cake/cupcake/pie for the 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge that uses almond flour. Use the Mr. Linky on my challenge post to link up, then come back and let me know your cake uses the featured ingredient. 
Giveaway will close on June 27th at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Note: The Wholesome Sweeteners Giveaway is also still open until June 27th. 


Grain-Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake


Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups JK Gourmet Blanched Almond Flour (266 grams)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips*


*I used Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, but here's a recipe for making your own if you want to have more control over the ingredients.


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor or mixer until the dough comes together. Add in the chocolate chips (I just mixed mine in by hand). 
  3. Press evenly onto the pan. Bake for 18 minutes. My cake came out the way I like my cookies. a little crispier on the outside and super soft on the inside. If you want your cake to be more evenly baked, you can try covering the outside with tinfoil after 15 minutes and baking for a full 20. Or baking at 325 degrees F for 18 minutes. 
Substitutions:
Almond Flour: As far as I know, hazelnut meal is the only sub my readers have successfully used for almond flour.
Coconut oil: Ghee, butter, Earth Balance, olive oil, etc.
Honey: Maple syrup, coconut nectar, agave nectar, brown rice syrup (any liquid sweetener)
Chocolate Chips: Coconut flakes, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc. Have fun! 


Don't forget, Monday is the deadline to get your cake challenge recipe in! Shirley over at GFE threw out the idea of me getting 30 entries for my 30th birthday, and I'm throwing out that challenge to you as well! 


And since Monday's the last day, that means you'll be seeing my sugar-free, stevia-sweetened recipe by then! It's almost done...

70 comments:

Unknown said...

The pizza recipe looks delicious, I would love to try it!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Apple galette. Hands down.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I now follow them on FB

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I already follow you on FB & Twitter

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

...and Pinterest!

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NOW I follow you on Twitter.

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aaand I tweeted. @almostveganchef

Cara said...

That poached pear pizza on their site looks pretty divine! (ps - the link in your blog post does not work, but I looked them up myself. Just FYI so you can fix it!)

Cara said...

shared on FB :) this sounds so good, love how simple is!

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

that cookie cake looks outrageous! so delicious! love that its grain free!

themommybowl.com said...

Um, cookie cake? So much better than cake cake.

As for which recipe? I have to try making almond milk from almond flour. What a "well, DUH!" moment....

themommybowl.com said...

I follow you on Facebook and twitter.

Toma said...

Craving Cranberries - the Cranberry Muffins sound delish.

memewalker said...

The pizza sounds great!

memewalker said...

I followed JK Gourmet on Facebook!

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I already follow you on facebook!

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I already follow you on pinterest!

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I shared this post on facebook!

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I "like" JK Gourmet" on facebook!

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Rebecca said...

Their cranberry muffin recipe looks the best!

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laurelvb said...

That gourmet pizza looks heavenly even if I can't eat half the ingredients. BTW I'm not entering, just noting that I've got 3 bags of their flour waiting in my fridge for me to get off my butt and make this cake. Thumbs up for JK Gourmet. I wonder who'll win?

debdp said...

I liked JKGourmet on facebook!! So excited--My daughter was diagnosed with MS and is on a grain free diet.....she adored cookie cake! Her birthday is next week...can't wait to try it!

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I am following you on facebook!

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I am following you on twitter!

sharon said...

The pizza recipe looks very interesting! Must try it

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Like you on facebook

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Follow you on twitter

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Tweeted this giveaway.

Heather said...

The Apple Galette looks good!

Heather said...

Liked JK Gourmet!

Heather said...

Already like you on FB!

Heather said...

Shared your post on FB!

G said...

The cranberry muffin would be scrumptious for breakfast!

Sunflower said...

The apple galette sounds amazing

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6th and my last because I don't remember my pinterest xD So glad I discovered your blog! Keep up the great work!

Ida said...

the pizza sounds fun... my kiddos would love it.

Ida said...

following you on FB

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and them.

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and pinterest too.

Entirely Too Perky said...

Apple galette!

Melissa C. said...

The pizza crust recipe looks awesome. Thanks for sharing this website and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe. Can't wait to try it!

Nancy said...

I have made the Apple Galatte recipe before from their website and it is awesome!! I love JK Gourmet almond flour. I make the most moist carrot cake ever using their almond flour.

Katherine said...

the apple galette for sure!

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Anonymous said...

The cranberry muffin recipe sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

The cranberry muffin recipe sounds delicious.

Jill@simplyhealthful.me said...

The Apple Gallette recipe from JK Gourmet's site looks yummy! I love baking with super-healthy almond flour.

Jonathan said...

This cookie cake looks absolutely perfect! Mrs. Fields, move over! Excited to try this - I'm always a fan of simple and straightforward. Thank you for sharing, Iris!

Anonymous said...

I made this cookie cake on Friday and it was the perfect quick sweet treat for a Friday evening. I love how quick and easy it was with minimal items. Thanks!

Kristin W.

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mr and mrs guevara said...

oh, what an awesome giveaway! I would love to try this almond flour and attempt my own almond milk as well as the pizza. I am not gluten free, but I have been considering it lately, due to how much better I feel when I don't eat it on my monthly detox. This would be a great kick start to my gluten free, clean eating lifestyle (:

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Hey Iris,
I just tried making this, but when I went to check on it at the 15-minute mark, it was burnt to a crisp! :( Any idea what would've caused that? I'm no expert on baking with almond flour only.

Iris said...

Hey Amber! I'm so sorry it didn't work for you. I always hate to hear that... I'm not sure what would have caused it...as you can see from my picture, the outside began to darken while the inside stayed soft. What temp did you have it at? I know almond flour burns easily so you could try a lower temp. I also wonder if maybe a different fat or sweetener would affect it that way?? :(

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

It was at 350 - I'll try 325 next time. Thanks! :)

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