I love when a recipe that starts out as a substitute for a guiltier pleasure ends up tasting decadent! We wanted a cake that would taste amazing, but without overloading us with carbohydrates and sugar. We’ve been working really hard at my house to eliminate empty carbs and added sugar. I can tell you, we’ve never felt better! Even so, everyone needs a slice of cake sometimes, right?

My favorite secret to reduced carb baking is Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour. (I’ve been a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill for years, so I’m beyond excited to be working with them!) Almond flour is a great source of Vitamin E and even adds a bit of protein to your recipes. Bob’s produces their almond flours in a gluten-free facility, making it a great choice for gluten-free baking. But, don’t stop at baking! I use almond flour for breading chicken bites and even fish in place of flour. It’s wonderful!

The combination of nutty almond and mandarin oranges is really heavenly. The last bit of mandarin juice tops things off to create a really moist cake. As great as this cake is for pleasing the low sugar crowd, it really is special enough to serve guests.

Mandarin Almond Cake - this cake is so delicious and natually gluten-free and paleo. | @tasteLUVnourish on TasteLoveAndNourish.com

Mandarin Almond Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • zest of one mandarin orange
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar or honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup mandarin orange juice (about 1½ mandarin oranges)
  • Top with:
  • 1½ tablespoons mandarin orange juice (about ½ mandarin orange)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar or honey
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Butter the sides of a 9 inch round baking pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, then add the almond extract, coconut palm sugar or honey, butter or coconut oil and orange juice. Whisk to combine. Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture. Using a spoon, stir to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove and cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a plate and drizzle the top with the orange juice, coconut sugar or honey and the toasted almond slices.
  7. Serve once cooled. Store remaining cake in the refrigerator.
Notes
I use coconut palm sugar in place of granulated sugar in this recipe. You may certainly use honey or pure maple syrup as well. The coconut palm sugar has about the same grams of sugar and calories as regular granulated sugar, but it's thought to be less of a load on your blood sugar levels and contains minerals and nutrients that sugar does not.

Mandarin Almond Cake - this cake is so delicious and natually gluten-free and paleo. | @tasteLUVnourish on TasteLoveAndNourish.com

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Mandarin Almond Cake - this cake is so delicious and natually gluten-free and paleo. | @tasteLUVnourish on TasteLoveAndNourish.com

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