Paleo Carrot and Cranberry Cake

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I found a delish carrot cake recipe on Thermomix Recipe page. Its sound delightful, but i can never follow a recipe without making a few tweaks! The carrots i used were from the Bendigo Farmers Market, they were so so sweet, maybe the best carrots i’ve ever had. The original recipe is here. And this is my rendition. She may not look pretty but she tastes superb. If you don’t have a thermomix, you’ll be able to make this in a food processor, just use almond meal instead of raw almonds, and grate the carrots first.

300 grams raw almonds

4 large carrots cut in inch blocks

4 eggs

an inch of vanilla bean

2 tsp cinnamon ground

1/2 tsp nutmeg

60 grams avocado oil

60 grams maple syrup

2 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

90 grams cranberries

Preparation

1.

Preheat oven to 160C.

2.  Place almonds in mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9 or until milled – if you are in tune with your Thermomix you can hear when most milling, chopping, grating is done).

3.  Add carrots and grate 5 sec/speed 6 – it will mix with the almond meal.  Scrape down the sides.

4.  Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, oil and maple syrup and mix 15 sec/speed 5.

5.  Add baking powder and combine 5 sec/speed 5.

6.  Add cranberries and mix on Reverse 5 sec/speed 4.

7.  Pour into a prepared 20 centimetre baking tin and bake for one hour  or until cooked through.

8.   Remove from oven and cool completely in the tin, then turn out.

9. No need to ice! i just ate with a spread of butter.

My paleo chocolate

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My paleo chocolate

I’ve been making this chocolate for about 6 mths now, it just hangs in the freezer when hubby and i have a sweet tooth craving. There is no added sugar in it, all natural. And i love it! So it’s time i share the super easy recipe.

With todays batch i used Edna (thermomix)

INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1
Grate 250 grams of cacao butter 5-10 seconds on speed 8. Then Melt 3 mins at 50 degrees celcius. Then add about 1/4 cup of cacao powder

STEP 2
Whilst the cacao butter is melting, chop a handful of cranberries, handful almonds, handful dried apricots, small handful of pistachios and a small chilli.

STEP 3
Combine the melted “chocolate” and the nuts/fruit. Then pour onto a baking tray covered in baking paper. The chocolate won’t be as thick as other chocolate, so its thin with delicious chunky bits! I now leave the tray in the freezer and just break bits off when I’m having sugar craving. But its sugar free!