I had a rough couple of days this week. Just circumstances, stuff I have to deal with, emotionally draining but, you know, it's life. After two particularly harrowing days (during which I stayed 100% AIP as usual), I was really drained. There were a couple of times that I truly thought about how nice it would be to make a run for some crunchy cookies, or some other dessert. After all, I used to cope every.single.day with stress by eating junk food! It's something I've avoided lately. But boy, some days a girl just needs her chocolate! Which is doable for me, since I've reintroduced cocoa on the AIP. So today, I just decided, you know, to have chocolate cake for dinner.
Yep, there is an AIP recipe for a "chocolate cake" made with carob (which some people allow on AIP, but I didn't use) so I just subbed cocoa equally and prayed that somehow, putting 2 green plantains, a banana, some canned pumpkin, cocoa, maple syrup and coconut oil in a blender (with no eggs and no flours of any kind) would magically turn into cake. I had my doubts... but...
Yeah. It was amazing. I made the frosting by whisking together coconut cream, cocoa, and honey with a dash of vanilla.
I thought it tasted just like a bakery cake. My son came into the kitchen for a bite as I was telling him how great it was. He took a bite and looked at me and said, "wow, you are really used to eating bland, boring stuff." LOL! He is right! My taste buds have changed from 90% of my intake being meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit. He said it was not very sweet, and not all that chocolatey, and overall kind of bland. But to me it was the best cake ever. Good enough, I don't want to go back to the old, processed stuff anyway.
Not going to make a habit of eating cake for dinner, but tonight, it really filled the need. I'll freeze some slices (unfrosted) so I can bring them out when the PMS strikes. I am feeling great!
*Edited to add nutrition facts:
Cut your cake into 9 squares and here are the stats, without frosting:
8.5 g fat
21 g carbs
2.5 g fiber
1 g protein
(and notably, 38% of your RDA of Vitamin A for the day!)
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