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When I found out that Tropical Traditions had a great recipe for a coconut flour-based pizza crust, I had to give it a whirl. So I did.

Unfortunately, my first experience with coconut flour pizza was kind of a bust, so the opportunity to redeem the dish was quite exciting.

My fiance and I give this dish two thumbs up. It’s not Dominos, or Caesars or Round Table. So don’t be expecting classic gluten-pizza taste and texture. However, the crust is flavorful with herbs and garlic, it holds up under the weight of pesto and toppings, and the edges get crispy. So I call that a success in the world of Paleo-Italian fusion cuisine.

Herbed Pizza Crust

3 eggs
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
1 cup whole coconut milk
1/2 c. coconut flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs in a medium-sized bowl, mix in milk and garlic.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and beat into the milk mixture. The batter needs to be thin enough to spread but not watery.
  4. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper ( NOT WAX PAPER!)
  5. Bake 12-20 mins. until bottom edges begin to brown.

    browning on the sides

  6. Remove crust from the oven and carefully turn over. Could be achieved by placing a cutting board, face down, over the crust and flipping. Put the flipped crust back on the baking sheet
  7. Cover with your sauce and toppings. Bake for 5 -10 mins depending on your topping choice.

Nutrition Facts for the Pizza Crust

I made ours with a sun-dried tomato pesto.

The Sauce

Not a lot of measurement in this pesto… just get out your food processor and add these ingredients to your taste:

garlic cloves
sun-dried tomatoes
olive oil
walnuts, pine nuts, or pumpkin seeds
parmesan cheese
sea salt

I think I like this type of crust with a sauce/spread like a pesto instead of a more watery pizza sauce.

Our toppings were:

italian sausage, red onion, raw shaved parmesan, mushrooms, and zucchini.

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This cake was a gift for my friend and Crossfit High Voltage gym owner, Tim Thackrey.

Here’s the man himself and your’s truly:

A happy birthday, indeed.

 
Armed with a chocolate cake recipe from Elana’s Pantry (with a few modifications) and my own chocolate ganache, this cake was dressed to impress. It was pretty much a chocolate bomb to the face. Fortunately, it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and DELICIOUS.
 
Warning… I will not label this cake, PALEO. It qualifies in the sense that there’s no grains, legumes, or dairy. But there’s a ton of sugar and it should not be eaten as a snack food. This is definately a rare TREAT.
 

Chocolate Cake

 ¾ cup coconut flour, sifted
¼ cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 eggs
1 cup coconut oil
1 ½ cups coconut sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon orange zest
 
  1. In a small bowl combine flour, cacao, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl using an electric hand mixer, blend eggs, oil, coconut sugar, vanilla and orange zest

    The Wet

  3. Add dry ingredients into large bowl and continue to blend
  4. Oil (2) 9 inch round cake pans and dust with coconut flour

    Ready for some oven action!

  5. Pour batter into pans and bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes
  6. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely then remove from pans
  7. Frost

Vegan Chocolate Frosting – Filling

1 cup dark chocolate
½ cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
pinch celtic sea salt   
 
  1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and grapeseed oil
  2. Stir in agave, vanilla and salt
  3. Place frosting in freezer for 15 minutes to cool
  4. Remove from freezer and whip frosting with a hand blender until it is thick and fluffy
  5. Frost in between two cake layers.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

12 oz. dark chocolate
12 oz. full fat coconut milk 
 
  1. Heat coconut milk in a saucepan, bring almost to a boil. Stir constantly so it doesn’t burn.
  2. In a heat-safe bowl, place the broken pieces or chips of chocolate.
  3. Pour heated milk over the chocolate and stir until smooth.
  4. Place cake on a baking rack over some foil or a baking sheet.
  5. Pour ganache over cake starting from the center of the top.
  6. Let the frosting spill over the sides onto the foil or baking sheet.
  7. If some areas of the cake are not getting “ganach-ed”, try pouring directly over them, but keep the coating smooth over the entire cake. Don’t use a spatula. Oftentimes it will stick and mess up the ganche.

    Post Workout Nutrition... sort of.