Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake

Neither my mom nor I can remember when the recipe for a delicious gluten-free orange almond cake that uses whole oranges (yes – rind and all) came into our lives, but it remains one of our favorite family desserts. I remember making it for a 2010 New Year’s Eve party and writing out the date on top in slivered almonds. And it’s a triumph for me to have created a gluten-free orange almond cake version that it a fabulous way to start the day!

When I make the original cake for dessert, I love to slice it in half and add a thin layer of marmalade or raspberry jam and then top with a cloud of coconut whipped cream.

I made it recently for my son’s fifth birthday and it occurred to me as I was running out the door breakfastless one morning that I could grab a piece for a relatively healthy breakfast. After all, the cake itself is just oranges, almonds, eggs and sugar. And three of those four things can definitely be part of a healthy breakfast.

I found the cake so filling, I wasn’t hungry for ages, and I loved how well it traveled. So I set out to make a sugarless version that would be yummy for breakfast, loaded with protein and just as delicious with yogurt and berries as it was with whipped cream and jam.

The end result is a moist, healthy protein-packed cake that needs just a little sweetener and can also be baked up as muffins. It holds up well when flax meal eggs are substituted, which means it can easily be your next gluten-free, vegan breakfast recipe. You can have this gluten-free orange almond cake as a protein-packed and fibre-rich snack or dessert, too – it’s so versatile!

Note: this is a great recipe if you are cutting back on sugar, even the natural ones. You can make the recipe without the maple syrup and then add some to taste drizzled on top. That way everyone can use the amount they like and you end up using less overall.

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