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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Coffee and Walnut Sponge Cake : Low Carb Treat

Wednesday already - where do the weeks go!
Amid all the hustle and bustle why not take time to enjoy a small slice of cake.
I can recommend this one, goes especially nice with a mid-afternoon cuppa ...

100 grams of ground almonds
100 grams of walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of melted butter
2 tablespoons of double (heavy) cream
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
100 grams of clotted cream

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Melt the butter, I used a Pyrex jug, add the eggs, cream.
3. Place 1 tablespoon of instant coffee in a cup and pour some boiling water over the coffee, keep water to a minimum, just enough to melt the coffee. Then add the dry ingredients and mix.
4. Microwave in a 700 watt for 5 minutes in a 6" x 3" micro-wave safe glass dish.
5. Allow to cool and cut in half. Spread on clotted cream and add walnut halves.

Serves 6 , around five carbs per portion.
Please note this cake is very low in carbs, but quite high in calories, so have a small slice !

Whatever you may have got planned please

All the best Jan


Tom said...

looks good!

Jo said...

Coffee and Walnut Cake is Mick's absolute favourite cake. I'm quite partial to it too.

sage said...

This looks good but I never have instant coffee in the house! can you substitute the real thing?

Summer said...

The cake looks lovely, Jan♥

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Such a great treat! I can just imagine how good it tastes. I should make this.

only slightly confused said...

Looks good but our idea of dessert is a handful of grapes and a piece of cheese.

Gloria Baker said...

Love this cake! Look amazing!!

Helen said...

I must make this! Thanks ~~~

Snowbird said...

What a delicious looking cake!xxx

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It does look good! I was reading last post about the Keto diet, is it just basically no carbs, or low carbs.. what do you think of it as a way of eating Jan?

Debbie said...

oh these just leaves me drooling. you do that to me a lot!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

that looks delicious!

Lowcarb team member said...

Sage asked:
"I never have instant coffee in the house! can you substitute the real thing?"

I'm sure this would be ok, but as I always use instant and have never tried using the real thing, I cannot be 100% sure. Why not give it a try and let us know ...

Grace (Perth Daily Photo) asked:

"I was reading last post about the Keto diet, is it just basically no carbs, or low carbs.. what do you think of it as a way of eating"

It is low carbs ...

'A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects.

A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter.

After a few days (up to a week) of keto-adaptation – during which people may experience some difficulty concentrating, have headaches and become easily irritated – the body and brain can run effortlessly on ketones.

In this state many people experience more energy and improved mental focus.

A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It’s possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance.

The most important thing to reach ketosis is to avoid eating most carbohydrates. You’ll probably need to keep carb intake to under 50 grams per day of net carbs12, ideally below 20 grams. The fewer carbs the more effective.

This means you’ll need to completely avoid sweet sugary foods, plus starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. Basically follow the guidelines for a strict low-carb diet, and remember it’s supposed to be high in fat, not high in protein.

A rough guideline is below 10% energy from carbohydrates (the fewer carbs, the more effective), 15-25% protein (the lower end is more effective), and 70% or more from fat.'

These words were taken from the Diet Doctor site and you can find more guidance there including details like - What Do You Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?

Speaking personally, you will have read that I live the LCHF lifestyle, (I am not diabetic) as does my husband Eddie who is a Type 2 diabetic. Our LCHF menu plans are low carb 50g per day, moderate protein and high (healthy) fats ... you can read more about an Introduction to low-carb for beginners here.

I hope this may help ...

It is always important to bear in mind your particular circumstances, any underlying health conditions, allergies etc.

All the best Jan

Happyone said...

Sure looks good.

Magic Love Crow said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy!! Thank you!

Christine said...

This looks so good!

handmade by amalia said...

The cake looks yummy and looking at the ingredients, the sin factor is really low :-)

Bob Bushell said...

I love Coffee cake, yummy.

Lisa said...

Coffee and walnut is one of my absolute favourites. I bought some C&W short bread for my sisters birthday, she said it was delicious, but how could it be anything else?!
Lisa x

Adam said...

looks good

The Happy Whisk said...

How great are ground almonds. They bake so well. Yum.