Baked out from Desperation

My diet has lots of restrictions and I cannot eat any processed foods. I am not one of the hipsters that are avoiding gluten and dairy, because is in fashion right now. I am still a human who have cravings for sweet and sinful. Especially when the weather is colder and all you want is to snug under a blanket with a piece (or two) of something to munch on. This time of the year will also allow you to pick some best veggies to make a wonderful cake. Maybe it won’t win a price for the fluffiest cake in the county, but it will do its job… I have tested it few times already, till it got my daughter’s acceptance.


You can try beetroot or pumpkin alternative, as they are full of natural sweetness.


Bunch of beetroots (if you are really desperate, buy already cooked) or pumpkin puree

1 cup of millet flour

3/4 cup of coconut flour (you can also add buckwheat flower or both to make 3/4 cup)

1/2 cup of dark brown sugar (or honey)

1 spoon of baking soda

3/4 spoon of cinnamon

1/2 spoon of nutmeg

1/2 spoon of ground ginger or thumb size of grated

1/3 cup of carob

1/2 glass of oil (grape seed or coconut)



Make puree

If you opt for beetroots, clean them thoroughly with a brush, dry and wrap in aluminium foil. Throw into the oven  preheated to 200 degrees.  Bake till tender, let it cool down an peel. Blend.. For pumpkin version, half the pumpkin and place on baking tray. Bake till tender, let it cool down, scoop with a spoon and blend. You will need 1 cup of puree. don’t worry if the puree is not perfectly smooth.

Mix dry ingredients

Just put everything in a bowl and mix together.

Mix wet ingredients

Usually I do this cake with a grape seed oil as it is tasteless. I pour oil to a blender. You can add honey if you are not using sugar. Blend again.

Mix everything

I have heavy duty blender, with 10-speed to choose from. So I start to add slowly all dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir on a slow speed till everything is mixed. If you don’t have one, use a spoon and your hands.


Put a dough into a loaf bread tin and place it in preheated to 180 degrees oven. Usually it takes slightly less that an hour to get the cake ready. The cake is better when cooled down. You can now consider yourself successful. To make it more exciting, you can cover it with some dark chocolate or make a cashew nut cream (soak nuts for 1 hour, drain, add few spoons of honey and blend).  Enjoy!


One Reply to “Baked out from Desperation”

  1. It’s a lovely recipe, I think I will try it! 🙂

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