Almond, Apple & Blackberry Moist Skillet

Here is the Paleo dessert recipe that I promised! It’s from A Tasty Love Story and it is perfect for fall, and the holidays.

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 3 sweet apples
  • 100 g blackberries, frozen are fine
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (alternatively brown sugar or sukrin gold)
  • 1 knob of butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp cloves/all spice
  • 1/8 tsp groung ginger

Batter

  • 3/4 cup ground almonds (100 g)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (alternatively brown sugar or sukrin gold)
  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • Around 1/5 cup full fat coconut milk(50 ml)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F. Cut apples on bite-sized chunks.
  2. You need to use an oven proof skillet about 20 cm in diameter.(You can alternatively use an normal skillet to sauté apples in and afterwards bake the cake in a pan) Melt butter and sugar on high heat and add the apples and spices. Sauté for 5 min until the apples are caramelized and slightly tender.
  3. Meanwhile make the batter. Mix almond flour with vanilla, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the egg, coconut oil and coconut milk.
  4. Place the blackberries among the apples in the skillet. Pour the batter on top if the fruit until it covers the surface. It is okay if there is small cracks where the fruit can release some moist.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 min. depending on your oven. The cake should be golden brown on the entire surface and the batter just set.
  6. Serve the cake while it is still a little warm with a dollop of yoghurt, whipped cream or splash of coconut milk – and maybe a few fresh black berries on top.. Enjoy.

Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Yes, this is a vegan dessert and it’s not Paleo but I promise that I am posting a Paleo one in just a bit. I wanted to post this because holy shizz, I love cookie dough ice cream and this recipe from Minimalist Baker looks amazing and not too difficult.

Ingredients:
Ice Cream

  • 1.25 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight (or at least 6 hours), then drained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or granulated)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1 14-ounce can full fat coconut milk (reserve 2 Tbsp for the cookie dough)
  • 2.5 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Cookie Dough

  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup crunchy or creamy salted natural peanut butter (Minimalist Baker likes Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour (you could sub a GF blend, but it will be slightly grainier in texture)
  • 1/4 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life)
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut milk or other non-dairy milk

Directions:

  1. The night before, place your ice cream churning bowl in the freezer to properly chill. Also, make sure you soak your cashews overnight OR the next day for at least 6 hours. Be sure to drain before adding to blender.
  2. Add all ice cream ingredients to blender and blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Use the “liquify” or “puree” setting if you have it. You want it to be completely creamy and blended.
  3. Chill mixture in the freezer for 1.5-2 hours, or in the fridge overnight.
  4. Add chilled mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions – about 45 minutes. It should look like soft serve. If for some reason it doesn’t thicken enough, put the mixture (still in the ice cream churning bowl) and pop it back in the freezer to thicken before churning once more.
  5. In the meantime, add vegan butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla to a mixing bowl and use a mixer or wooden spoon to combine. Add flour a little at a time and stir until thick and slightly crumbly. Add in a little coconut or other non-dairy milk to add moisture. Lastly, add chocolate chips and stir once more. Transfer to fridge or freezer to chill.
  6. Once the ice cream is thick like soft serve, add in 3/4 of the cookie dough, crumbling it with your hands as you add it in.
  7. Then transfer to a freezer-safe container and sprinkle in the last bits of cookie dough for extra texture. Cover well and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or until firm.
  8. Set out for 15-20 minutes before serving to soften. Will keep for up to 1 week, though best when fresh.
  9. Serve and enjoy!