Monday, December 30, 2013

Paleo Cake Pops

I have had a Cake Pop tray in my cupboard for a couple of years now. It was free gift when I purchased a magazine subscription for my sister. I have never used it, just moved it around my cupboard a lot!

When BB was given a Jamie Oliver Baking Set for Christmas and so I needed space - out came the Cake Pop Tin. I had never used it - you don't get paleo cake pops, right? So, I thought maybe my sister would like it.

BB it seems had other ideas - the picture of the lollies with brightly coloured hundreds and thousands on the packaging had attracted his attention. The first thing he said when we woke up yesterday was "make lollipops!".

So, there we were, as soon as we had eaten breakfast, trying to make some Paleo Cake Pops. I googled it, and found there is actually such a thing. As usual though, none of the recipes met our needs. Either we didn't have all the ingredients or the equipment needed, so I ended up winging it, combining the recipe on the packaging that came with tin and this one from the Civilised Caveman. They turned out great despite the experimental nature, and the cake pop tin has gone back in the cupboard for another day.

Here's what we did.

Ingredients


The Cakes

1 x 100g bar Green and Blacks Chocolate (ours was lemon flavour)
1 Tin Coconut milk - don't shake and just use the solid part from the top of the tin
2 eggs, beaten until fluffy
1 generous cup Almond Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
a few drops of Vanilla Essence

The Glaze

2 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp honey

Method

  • Scoop off the solid part from the tin of coconut milk, break up the chocolate into small pieces and place both in a small pan on a gentle heat. Heat gently and stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted and they are mixed well together. Do not over heat. Once all is melted and mixed, turn off the heat and leave it to cool a little.
  • Whisk the eggs using an electric whisk, until they are light and fluffy (1-2 mins)
  • Add the chocolate and coconut mixture and mix well
  • Add the baking powder, vanilla essence and almond flour and mix well
  • Generously grease your cake pop tin on both sides using a fat of your choice (we used butter)
  • Spoon in the mixture filling your cups as much as possible (heaping it a bit if your mixture is thick enough)
  • Bake at 165ºC (approx 375ºF ) for about 18 mins. You can test to see if they are cooked using a cocktail stick through the small hole in the top of the tin)
  • Once the cakes have cooled a bit, add the sticks
  • Melt the coconut oil and honey together and dip the lollies in to glaze.
Paleo Cake Pops
Paleo Cake Pops
OK - so we don't look quite as professional as some, but they taste good, they're easy for kids to do, and there are no refined sugars, food colourings or additives in sight - just good fats, some nice proteins, and of course chocolate!

We'll definitely be making these again!





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