The Andrews Christmas Cake Recipe

As many of you know, we have a phenomenal Holiday Challenge launching this monday, and it includes over 40 recipes! We wanted to take some of our family recipes that have been handed down for generations, and reimagine them in a healthy light. This recipe is just one example of how we introduce nutrition and health into the decadence of the holidays! For more info on the Holiday Challenge, go take a look! 

Candy Cake Christmas Cake Recipe Topping

Christmas Cake

Cake Ingredients

¾ cup Organic Oat Flour
1 ¼ cup Organic Spelt Flour
1/3 cup Organic Coconut Four
¾ cup Flaxseed Meal
1 cup Truvia/Sugar Baking Blend
6 Egg Whites
¾ cup Vegetable Oil
IMG_09034 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup water

Icing Ingredients

1.5 Cups Truvia Baking Blend
4 oz 1/3 Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
4 oz Greek Yogurt 0%
Ken Andrews Christmas Cake Baking Recipe1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 small crushed candy canes
Peppermint Extract

Cake Directions

Sift all dry ingredients; flours, flaxseed meal, salt, baking powder, and Truvia Blend. Mix in egg whites, oil, baking powder, vanilla, and water. Place mixture into baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Healthy Christmas Cake Recipe

Icing Directions

Combine cream cheese, vanilla and yogurt, cream in the Truvia Baking blend. If needed a little milk can be added to make the icing spreadable. After all the sugar blend is mixed in add 2/3 of the crushed candy cane. Add a dash of peppermint extract. Mix thoroughly and taste. Be careful with the extract because it can be overwhelming and what you want is a mild peppermint taste. This isn’t supposed to be an Altoid cake! Spread the icing on the cooled cake. Once the cake is iced, sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces on the cake.

Healthy Adjustments

The original recipe called for all-purpose flour and sugar. Once again we added our flour mix and Truvia/Baking Blend. We also cut the oil in half. Which cut a couple of hundred calories off the original recipe.

Even Further Adjustments

While as a family we are pleased with the above adjustments, further adjustments could be made to make this recipe even healthier. Butter or Coconut oil would be a better choice than the vegetable oil (which many consider unhealthy in whatever variety). Because we as a family are concerned about calorie levels we have chosen to bake for the holidays using either Splenda, Truvia, or Stevia in the Raw blends. All of these are artificial sweeteners and while we use them on occasion they should not be consumed in great amounts. For our day-to-day use we utilize Sweet Leaf a Stevia powder which does not have dextrose added. If calorie levels are not your primary concern, then you may consider just using sugar. Realize that for most recipes you can simply half the amount of sugar and still have a great baked item. You can also try brown rice syrup or coconut sugar.

Our recipes are not meant to be the final say in what is or is not healthy, nor are they intended to define healthy baking. They are simply our attempt to move some of our family traditions toward a healthier place. So we encourage you to take what we are offering and make it better. Let us know what you did. We would love to learn from all of you.

Nutritional Information

Servings: 15                         Calories: 305 calories a serving
Fat: 16 grams                      Carbohydrate: 16g
Protein: 7g                           Fiber: 5g
Sodium: 365 mg

 

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