My Wheat-free, Probiotic, High Fiber, Low Carb, Omega-3, Non-Inflammatory Birthday
A great birthday needs the right cake. My wife wanted to buy me a cake, but I insisted on making the cake for my son, my wife and the birthday boy. Deliciously healthy!
The cakes were made with flaxseed meal, coconut flour, whey protein, eggs, cream and flavored with sugar-free raspberry jello. I baked them in the shape of a stars. Red stars are big here. The cakes were topped with yogurt cheese flavored with sugar-free lemon jello and a fresh strawberry each. My son gives it a five star rating ... though, regrettably, I only baked three stars.
Here's the recipe:
3 small eggs (equivalent to 2 large eggs) 1/4 cup of heavy cream 1/2 cup of flaxseed meal 1/4 cup of defatted coconut flour (I used Swanson brand) 1/4 cup of vanilla flavored whey protein powder One small packet of sugar-free raspberry jello 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda Dash of salt
Grease silicone star baking pans with coconut oil or butter. Bake for about 20 minutes at 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F. Let cool on a rack.
1 pint of homemade yogurt made from whole milk and probiotic yogurt starter. 1/2 of a small packet of sugar-free lemon jello 3 fresh strawberries
Ferment the yogurt for a full 24 hours to maximize the probiotic micro-organisms and reduce the lactose to the minimum. I explain how to do it here. Drip the yogurt over night in the refrigerator through a coffee filter to make about 2/3 cup of yogurt cheese. About the same consistency as ricotta cheese. Stir in the lemon jello. Carefully spoon on the lemon topping and arrange in a star pattern. Top with the most beautiful strawberry you can find. One is enough.
This dessert is very low in carb, but extremely high in protein. Fully fermented yogurt made with probiotic strains is so healthy it is nearly therapeutic. The flax and coconut are very rich in fiber. Flax is the richest source of ALA omega-3.
Calories: 840 Net Carb: 13 grams Total Carb: 36 grams Fiber: 23 grams Protein: 52 grams Fat: 55 grams
Lemon Yogurt Cheese Topping: (6 servings)
Calories: 250 Net Carb: 4 grams Total Carb: 4 grams (assumes fully fermented low lactose yogurt per my recipe) Fiber: 0 grams Protein: 18 grams Fat: 16 grams
As much as my son loved his star cake, his two year-old stomach could not quite finish it. Good thing. Dad had a wonderful snack in the last hour of his birthday before he retired. Dreaming of a very healthy 58.
I served as a US diplomat in Asia for 25 years, but now I am not diplomatic at all! Straight talk on health and wellness - a life-long interest which is now my career. This Oregon boy now lives in Shanghai where I have a health company. My writing is colored by my personal struggle to live a healthy life as a type 2 diabetic.
A Chinese friend told me that Western medicine attacks disease by cutting, killing or inhibiting it, but health is about balance. Join me in looking for healthy harmony in this topsy-turvy world.