With the holidays in full swing, there is an abundance of sugar going around! Of course you want to enjoy the holidays and all the yummy goodness that goes along with this time of year. But, it is easy to over do it at times. What to do?! When it comes to food, the holidays can be tough for those who are gluten-free. First, it can be hard to find sweet treats that do not contain gluten. Second, once you do find yummy gluten-free treats, what about all that sugar?! When I came across this recipe about 6 months ago, I fell in love. Not only is it naturally gluten free, it does not contain refined sugar. Maple syrup is used to sweeten it and agave can actually be used to replace the maple syrup, if desired. It is light and just perfect for winter. This recipe is adapted from Rebecca Katz's cookbook "One Bite at a Time".
Coconut Almond Torte
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups raw almonds 1/4 cup maple syrup 3 large eggs 1 tsp. almond exract 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. sea salt 1 Tbsp. orange zest 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 375.
In a food processor, grind the almonds until fine and flour-like, about 3 minutes
Mix the maple syrup, eggs extracts and salt in a small bowl. Mix well to break up the eggs.
While the food processor is running, pour the maple syrup mixture through the feed tube and process until smooth.
Add the orange zest and coconut, mix well.
Pour the batter into mini muffin tins and bake for approximately 8 - 10 minutes. They are ready when the top is lightly golden brown and the center is firm.
Let cool, remove from muffin tins and serve. Top with fresh fruit, if desired.