Renna's Discoveries: #SwearByIt Recipe Challenge by VitaCoco and Foodies100

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#SwearByIt Recipe Challenge by VitaCoco and Foodies100

I've been using VitaCoco for months to fry with. It is pure coconut oil, it's super healthy and can be used in and out of the body. Literally. 
I've only ever used it for frying with and using as a hand moisturiser but nothing else. So when VitaCoco and Foodies 100 started a new campaign, I thought I'd actually give it a go. 
They want a recipe to include VitaCoco. Any recipe we like.
So after thinking about it for a few days, I decided to try a cake recipe, as there are loads of recipes that only use oil instead of butter, so I thought I'd experiment and show you the results. I wanted to make the cake as healthy as possible and include some of my healthier options. Cakes are an easy to make so I wanted a recipe that everyone could try with ingredients most people have in their cupboards.
I made two cakes, but my first cake I wasn't entirely happy with as it went quite dry the same evening, however it was really nice warm. So, I've made a few tweaks and here is my #swearbyit entry.
Recipe:
110 g Honey
100 g Coconut Oil
2 eggs
50 g Natvia Sweetner
200 g SR Flour
Jam (or chocolate spread) for Middle

PreHeat Oven to 180 degrees and line a cake tin.
Melt the VitaCoco to make oil. Pour into a mixing bowl, add 110 g Honey (80-100 g will still be fine if you don't want it to sweet) Mix well.

 Add Two Beaten Eggs and Mix again. I used an electric whisk for a couple of minutes.

Sift in 200 grams of self raising flour. I added 100 g first and mixed and then added the further 100 g and mixed. I wasn't sure if 200 g was too much.
 It turned into quite a thick batter (so maybe 50 g less flour would have worked better)
 I poured into my lined cake tin and spread it around. Yes...this is a loaf tin liner, but, it works well in a cake too, plus its quicker.
 Popped it into the oven and set the timer for 20 minutes. Check it at 15 to see what's happening, as every oven is different and I forgot and left it for a few extra minutes. Not that this matters in my house. It didn't rise very much, but this just means we have a larger slice. It was lovely and soft to the touch and the sponge was still nice and moist.
 I very simply cut off the top and spread JimJam's Strawberry Jam. (Strawberry and Coconut go really well together)
 It doesn't look great, but I tell you what....it actually tasted just like ....Cake, and a good one too.

This recipe is an entry into the #Swearbyit challenge with Vita Coco. Find more great coconut oil recipes and tips on using coconut oil at www.swearbyit.com
This recipe can still be tweaked but for now, I'm really happy with it. It took me around 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. It is a sweet mix, so the honey or sweetener can be reduced. 

Have you ever used coconut oil instead of butter or alternative oils? 

This cake is ultimately dairy free and sugar free. It could be made with Oat Flour to make it Gluten Free too.

My Healthy Option Alternatives: