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Blood Orange, Almond and Ricotta Cake

I was introduced to Tartine a few weeks ago when visiting San Francisco. I thought we had stumbled upon a small local bakery café.. not realizing it was THE Tartine.. world famous for their amazingness. Delicious looking tarts, croissants, quiches and more on were on display and I was not optimistic there were GF options.. but of course there were! 🙂 And behind the glass the server pointed out some beautiful tiny orange almond ricotta cakes.

The cake was delicious and my daughter (6 yrs) ate a whole piece of ham and cheese quiche. Tartine was just as amazing as the 6k+ reviews on Yelp rave about. And of course I couldn’t not try to make the cake! 🙂



  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  •  1 tablespoon water
  •  3 large eggs, separated
  •  2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated sugar
  •  2 blood oranges, or another orange of your choice
  •  1/2 cup (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  •  2/3 cup (165 grams) ricotta
  •  1/3 cup (45 grams) cornmeal
  •  1 cup (135 grams) firm-packed almond flour or meal
  •  1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  •  1/4 cup apple, quince or apricot jam (optional, for glossy finish)


Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

Stir brown sugar and water together so they form a thick slurry. Pour into prepared cake pan and spread thin. Set aside.

Whip egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until they hold thick peaks. Set aside.

Place granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Finely zest both oranges over it.

Cut both oranges in half. Cut one of the halves into paper-thin slices and arrange slices over brown sugar base in cake pan. Juice other three halves (I had about 1/3 cup juice) and set juice aside.

Add butter to zest and granulated sugar in large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer (you can use same beaters you just did for egg whites) until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, and beat to combine. Add juice and ricotta; mix until smooth. Sprinkle salt over batter, then add almond flour and cornmeal and mix until just combined. Gently fold in egg whites.

Scoop batter in large dollops over prepared cake pan base. Gently spread batter flat, trying not to disturb orange slices underneath. Bake in heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes [updated to warn that this took longer for many people, but remains accurate for my oven– better to check early than late], or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and then (my preference) for 5 more minutes. The final cake is so moist, almost damp, I found the extra baking time beneficial.

Cool cake in pan on rack for 5 minutes, and then run a knife around the side and invert onto a cake plate. If any orange slices don’t come out easily, just gently arrange them on the top of the cake. If desired, heat jam until loose and brush over cake top for a glossier finish. Let cool and cut into slices. This would be delicious served with an extra dollop of ricotta, creme fraiche or barely sweetened whipped cream. The cake keeps at room temperature, but we prefer it from the fridge.

Thank you Smitten Kitchen! Visit their page for beautiful pictures and more tips on making this cake: https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/01/blood-orange-almond-and-ricotta-cake/



Savory Cheddar Herb Waffles

This is a delicious cheesy version of classic waffles! Totally delicious served simply with fried eggs and some chopped fresh herbs!


  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free baking flour or almond flour (I used ~2 cups almond flour + 1 Tbsp coconut flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs plus more for frying (see directions below)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (warm, not hot)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp oil or butter
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, chives, basil), plus more chives for garnish
  • bunch of pea shoots, trimmed, for garnish (optional)


  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine (flour through yeast)
  • Make a well in the middle, add 2 eggs, milk, water, honey and oil
  • Whisk until smooth
  • Stir in cheddar and herbs
  • Set aside until batter is doubled in volume and bubbly, about 10 minutes
  • Spoon into waffle iron according to waffle iron instructions
  • In lightly greased skillet over medium heat, cook remaining eggs until set, about 2 minutes
  • Serve fried egg over hot waffle, garnished with fresh herbs


Lemon Basil Cookies

My basil plant has been loving the heat wave in Seattle and growing like crazy! These lemon basil cookies are great for breakfast or as a quick snack – keep in the freezer for a yummy cold paleo cookie treat! Grain free, dairy free, soy free, egg free! Blog Basil lemon paleo cookies-2 Blog Basil lemon paleo cookies-1 Ingredients

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ÂĽ teaspoon baking soda
  • ÂĽ cup coconut butter
  • ÂĽ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  • Combine almond flour and baking soda in a food processor
  • Pulse in coconut butter, honey, basil, and lemon zest
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down to flatten
  • Bake at 350° for 6-10 minutes
  • Cool for 2 hours
  • Serve or freeze for an easy protein rich snack!

Inspired and modified. Thanks Elanaspantry.com dit-elle-Esther

Paleo Peach Crisp

Have an abundance of sweet juicy peaches? This is a wonderful paleo peach crisp – the combination of peaches and a toasted almondy crust is… as my daughter Ava says… “de – de – de – de – delicious”! We added some wild blueberries – any berry would be a fabulous addition! Vanilla ice cream on the side or a drizzle of chilled coconut milk for paleo fans – is amazing too!

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Sweet juicy peaches with a toasty almond crust – mmm perfection!



  • 2 pounds peaches, sliced
  • 1ÂĽ cups blanched almond flour
  • â…› teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or palm shortening
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place peaches in an 8Ă—8 or round pie baking dish
  • In a food processor, combine almond flour and salt
  • Pulse in butter, maple syrup, and vanilla
  • Sprinkle topping over fruit
  • Bake at 350Âş for 35-45 minutes
  • Remove from oven, then cool and serve

Serves 4

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Place fruit in pan and sprinkle the topping on

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Blueberries, raspberries or blackberries would make a fabulous addition

Thanks Elana’s Pantry!

Zucchini Almond Cake

This cake is lovely AND delicious! Zucchini makes it moist and almond flour makes it high in protein and gluten free. The tartness of cream cheese frosting balances out this coconut sugar sweetened cake.

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Who knew kale plants had such pretty AND edible flowers! Great for cake decoration. 🙂


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted, plus 5 tablespoons, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons potato starch (or corn starch is fine)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • dash sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or other sugar, white/brown)
  • 2 tsps pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini (from 1 medium zucchini), squeezed of excess liquid
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Edible flowers like Kale flowers (shown) or mint for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 or 9 inch round. Whisk together almond flour, potato starch, baking powder, and salt
  2. Set a large heatproof bowl over (not in) a pot with 1 inch barely simmering water. Add eggs and whisk until foamy, about 1 minute. Whisk in brown sugar and continue to whisk until mixture is fluffy and sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove bowl from pot and, using a mixer, whisk on high until mixture is thick and pale, 7 to 10 minutes (I did this in my food processor with the standard chopper blade)
  3. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in melted butter, flour mixture, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and zucchini. Pour into pan and bake until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cake cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Invert onto a cake platter
  4. With mixer (or again I used the food processor here) beat together room-temperature butter, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, and cream cheese until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until combined. Spread on top of cake.

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/907427/zucchini-almond-cake


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super delicious – gluten free and protein rich – chocolate chip cookies! So easy to make, this is a great cooking project with your toddler! Ava did all the mixing for me and then we dropped these on a baking sheet to cook!blog chocochipcookies


  • 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ÂĽ teaspoon sea salt
  • ÂĽ teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks


  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry
  • Form 1-inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  • Cool and serve

Thanks ElanasPantry.com!


Coconut-Sugar Butter Cookies

Super yummy, crispy & light butter cookies made with coconut palm sugar and almond flour! Let the holiday season begin! Oh wait..  Blog buttercookies1


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used half and half rice flour and almond flour)
  • extra almond flour or unsweetened coconut flakes for rolling cookies in
  • 1 c coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup potato starch (or tapioca flour)
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 2 sticks of cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1tsp vanilla


  • In your food processor, combine all dry ingredients and pulse until well blended
  • Add pieces of butter and pulse until dough becomes crumbly
  • Add egg, milk and vanilla and pulse until dough starts to resemble.. well, dough!
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours
  • When ready to bake, set oven at 350*
  • Shape dough into small balls (about the size of large marbles) rolling some in almond meal if desired
  • Bake for ~12 minutes or until they are golden brown
  • Serve warm or freeze (yummy as a crispy cold snack too!)

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