**this blog for paleo chocolate sponge cake has been written by my 8yo daughter Polly**

Hi it’s Polly here. I haven’t written a blog in a while so I thought I should. I love baking and this is probably the best chocolate cake that you could ever possibly make, but you probably know that from looking at the title.  

I started my cooking journey when I was about 2 years old and used to sit on the kitchen side mixing a few things in a bowl. I remember that it made me so happy. I started properly cooking alone when I was 7 years old.

Recently I went though my mums old cooking journal that she wrote before we went Paleo, and changed the recipes to make them Paleo friendly. For example, instead of gluteny flour I used almond flour, instead of normal sugar I used coconut sugar or honey.

This is how I invented my winning chocolate cake, which is the nicest cake I’ve made so far. I’ve made it for a few people’s birthdays, and even my really fussy friends ate it and loved it.

😀

Ingredients for Paleo Chocolate Sponge Cake:

paleo chocolate sponge cake1 cup Ground almonds (But if they are fine then 1/2 a cup)
1/3 cup Coconut Sugar
1/4 cup Cacao
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 Tea spoon Bicarb
1/4 Tea spoon Vanilla powder (If using Vanilla Extract you will need 1 Tea spoon)
3 eggs

For Butter cream

100g Raw Butter
2 heaped spoons of Cacao
1 heaped spoon of Honey
1/2 Tea spoon Vanilla (If using Vanilla Extract you will need 1 Tea spoon)

Method for Cake:

– Preheat your oven to 170c

– Grease your tin 

– Mix Together Ground almonds, Coconut sugar, Cacao, Vanilla and Bicarb

– In another bowl Whisk together your eggs and Oil

– Put in tin

– Bake for 15-20 Min’s

Method for icing: 

– Soften your butter (But don’t leave it so long it melts)

– When it is soft add your honey

– Then add your Cacao

– Put into a piping bag and pipe on top and in the middle if you want 

Me and my mummy making Paleo Chocolate Sponge Cake

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nutrient dense chocolate mousseAt almost three, Freddy is without doubt my fussiest eater. He comes out with statements such as ‘I only eat smoked salmon, bananas and chocolate,’ then refuses to even eat the salmon half the time.

I’ve had to seriously park my principles regarding what I thought I believed in pre-baby #3. I gave up on the ‘no dessert until you’ve eaten your mains’ mantra long ago. It simply does not work on this one and he’d rather go to bed on an empty stomach.

What it’s meant is that I’ve learned to be very crafty in the kitchen. This ensures that his food is as nutrient dense as it can possibly be, whilst disguising the fact that it’s good for him.

My chocolate mousse is always a winner, and is positively bursting with goodness

nutrient dense chocolate mousse

The base is good old potassium rich banana and the ridiculously under rated avocado. This amazing fruit is a fantastic natural fat, and is loaded with vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Coconut oil comes along providing awesome antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Then a handful of dates joins the party to add sweetness, and at around 30% fructose, they are much better for you than refined sugar. Finally a big whack of pure cocoa gives more than just a nice chocolatey taste. Is it said that cocoa offers anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. What’s not to like?

I also chuck in a handful of roasted veg, to bulk it up even more. This particular recipe has sweet potato in it, but I’ve been known to use roasted butternut squash, carrot, parsnip and even beetroot. If all this isn’t enough, the mousse is free from the top 14 allergens!

nutrient dense chocolate mousseI’ve teamed up with a wonderful bunch of food bloggers this Christmas, to bring you some fabulous free from inspiration. Thankfully the days of free from food being boring and super complicated are well and truly over!

Check out the links at the bottom of this post.

This recipe is free from: Gluten | Dairy | Eggs | Soya | Lupin | Sesame | Celery | Sulphites | Mustard | Fish | Tree Nuts | Peanuts | Molluscs | Crustaceans

Ingredients for 6 mousses

nutrient dense chocolate mousse3 or 4 pieces of roasted sweet potato, butternut squash or other root veg
large ripe avocado
small ripe banana
100ml coconut oil
100g dates
2 tbsp cocoa
Optional berries on the top

Method

– put all ingredients into your blender or food processor and whiz on high until well combined

– serve immediately, or spoon into bowls/glasses

– store leftovers in the fridge

nutrient dense chocolate mousse– tastes absolutely delicious with a drizzle of free from cream over the top

For more free from inspiration, check out these wonderful recipes

Le Coin de Mel’s Gin Brined Chicken or Turkey and Healthy Chocolate Brownies 

The Free From Fairy’s Roast Carrot & Cumin Dip and Breadsticks and Twix-like Biscuits

The Intolerant Gourmand’s Cranberry Crumble Bars

nutrient dense chocolate mousseFree From Farmhouse’s Tear ‘n’ Share Christmas Tree  

Paleo Crust’s Bite-sized Courgettes in Blankets

Cherished by Me’s Chilli Lime Chicken Skewers

My Fussy Eater’s Gingerbread Ice Cream 

Eats Amazing’s Garlic & Rosemary Baby Roast Potatoes