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Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different flours to make healthy desserts. Mainly, I’m talking about gluten free desserts. Some people may be afraid of these “Franken-flours” but that’s only because they have never used them. Chestnut flour is not carb friendly, I’m afraid, but it is gluten free, paleo, and very low in fat. Although I’m not talking about “roasting on an open fire”, it is made of ground chestnuts and sweet in flavor. Perfect for my Chestnut Flour Berry Nut Cake. You might want to PRINT this recipe. It’s a keeper!
Chestnut flour is healthier and lighter than regular white flour and almond flour. It might be A North American novelty to us, but in Italy, there are some recipes that go back generations using chestnut flour. It is very fine in texture. That’s why I sifted it: to make sure there were no lumps. This is especially important if you live in humid temperatures. I wanted to make something with more traditional American flavors and came up with this yummy Chestnut Flour Berry Nut Cake.
There’s something about orange zest that I love in cakes (#ZestIsBest). A little goes a long way here. It adds a fresh, bright quality from the citrus flavor to the Chestnut Flour Berry Nut Cake. Since this is a “healthy” dessert, I used coconut oil to grease the pan. Let’s keep those calories as low as they can go.
Remember: Gluten-free does not have to be “taste-free.” I served the Chestnut Flour Berry Nut Cake with a few additional nuts. I had macadamia nuts and almonds on hand, but you can use whatever you have. I’m just not sure that Mr. Peanut needs to make an appearance for this one. To bring down the calories even more, omit the powdered sugar. It’s sweet all on its own. Enjoy!
Nutritional Facts: per serving
Calories: 159 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 26 g Protein: 3g Sugar: 12g
Nutritional Disclaimer: I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply sharing my own cooking experiences. Nothing I write about should be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before starting a diet or exercise program. I used an online calorie counter, and we all know they are not all the same.
Gluten Free Dessert Recipe: Chestnut Flour Berry Nut Cake
- 16 ounces chestnut flour
- zest of an orange
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- ¾ cup water
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup agave syrup
- juice of an orange
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups frozen berry mix
- 2 ounces mixed nuts
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- Powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- In a large mixing bowl, sift the chestnut flour. Add the orange zest, pinch of salt, and coconut flour.
- Mix well and then gently add the water, egg, agave syrup, orange juice, and vanilla.
- Fold in the frozen berries, nuts, and coconut oil until there are no lumps and everything is well combined.
- Lightly oil an 8-inch cake pan. Pour cake mixture into the pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool.
- Dust with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!
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Looks great, unfortunately I’m not that great a baker 🙁
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I’m not much of a baker either, but every now and then my sweet tooth kicks, and I turn on my oven. I’ll head over to check out your blog. 🙂
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
SHUT UP I LOVE all the texture in this cake!!! Yum yum perfect for the holidays!
Totally perfect for the holidays. Chestnuts roasting or baking. Either way, yum!
I have never had chestnut flour, but this totally makes it perfect for Christmas in my opinion! Can’t wait to try this out!
I agree. Takes chestnut roast over an open fire to another level. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this delicious looking Berry Nut Cake recipe, and also for introducing me to chestnut flour. I’ve never heard of this, and I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to white flour.
Chestnut flour is a great alternative to white flour. It’s also sweet. So, you don’t need to add too much sugar or sweetener.
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
Maggie, I haven’t been anywhere near a chestnut or chestnut flour in so long, I don’t even remember the flavor. Thanks for the reminder! I love baking gluten-free treats for my GF friends. Tweeting!
Thanks for your tweet. Chestnut flour is so easy to work with too. Plus, it’s naturally sweet. Hope you give this recipe a try!
Wow this looks absolutely delicious! I’d love to try making this for a family member so thank you for the great recipe!
Your family is going to LOVE this recipe. Enjoy!
I’ve never tried gluten free baking before. I’ll have to give this a try!
Hope you do. This recipe is a keeper! (humbly speaking, of course) 😀