Little Apricot-Almond Cakes (Sugar Free and Grain Free)

While I have sworn off of sugar, I have not sworn off of dessert, so I have been experimenting with doing some baking with stevia.  Stevia is a non-caloric sweetener that is derived from a plant (I have one growing in the greenhouse right now), and it is available as a powder or a liquid.  My preferred brand is from Now foods, marketed as Better Stevia (no, they did not compensate me in any way for this post, I just like their product). If you cannot find stevia in your regular grocery story, try a health food or organic grocery.  Stevia features in this dessert, as do these beautiful, local apricots:

These little cakes are leavened only with egg whites, so they will fall a bit after they come out of the oven, but will retain a very light texture.  The apricots were ripe and sweet, so I used three droppers of stevia and ended up with a lightly sweet, very adult dessert.  If you don’t have any issues with sugar, substitute honey in the amounts listed in the recipe.  If you like sweeter desserts, increase the amount a bit.  Note that stevia can taste bitter if you use too much, so start small and work your way up.  Here they are right out of the oven:

I like to invert the cakes so you can see the fruit, and then serve them with a little crema or Greek yogurt.  However, they are fun to scoop right out of the ramekins, too.

These are also grain-and-gluten-free, so they will work well for people with sensitivities.  Straight stevia can be an adjustment if you are used to sugar, but it is wonderful paired with naturally sweet fruits.

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Little Apricot-Almond Cakes (Sugar Free and Grain Free)
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Recipe type: Dessert, Sugar Free
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8-10 fresh apricots
  • 5 tablespoons soft butter, divided
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup almond flour (almond meal)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 droppers full of stevia extract (or 3 tablespoons honey)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the apricots, then cut them in half and remove the pits. Use one tablespoon of the butter to coat the bottom and sides of four, one-cup ramekins. Place four or five of the apricot halves in each ramekin (enough to cover the bottom).
  2. Separate your eggs, placing the yolks in one mixing bowl and the whites in another. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  3. Stir the almond flour, vanilla, lemon zest, and stevia (or honey) into the the egg yolks. Melt the remaining butter, and stir it into the egg yolk mixture. Spoon about a third of the beaten egg whites into the mixture and fold it in to loosen the mixture. Fold in the rest of the egg whites in, and stop as soon as the egg whites are just incorporated. Divide the batter evenly over the apricots.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are puffed and feel "set" when you tap them. Remove and cool for five minutes. If you want to invert the cakes, run a sharp knife around the edges, place the serving plates on top of the ramekin, then flip it over and tap sharply on the bottom of the ramekin until the cake releases.

Thanks for reading,

Angela

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11 Responses to Little Apricot-Almond Cakes (Sugar Free and Grain Free)

  1. Jersey Girl Cooks July 7, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    What beautiful looking cakes. I use stevia in my coffee all the time. Love how you baked the cakes in ramekins.

    • Angela July 7, 2012 at 9:53 am #

      I have been using it in my iced tea for years, but haven’t tried to bake until recently–there’s a learning curve, but I am figuring it out.

  2. Karen Harris July 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I’m sorry it has been a while since I’ve visited Angela. I just realized that your blog posts must not be coming up on Facebook. I’ll resubscribe. Maybe something happened with your change over. Love your new look. Just beautiful.

    • Angela July 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Karen, I think they have once again changed their system, as I have noticed that I am not seeing a lot of pages that I want to see. I wish they would stop… At any rate, thanks for dropping by!

  3. Karen July 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I just put them in the oven and realized I have 4 Tbsp of butter left on the counter. I checked the recipe twice and still no mention of the that butter (other than the 1 Tbsp to coat the ramekins).
    Bummer! Could you revise. I would try them again.

    • Angela July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Karen, I am soooo sorry! The remaining butter is melted and stirring into the egg yolk mixture. Thank you so much for letting me know, and I have updated the recipe. Again, apologies for the error.

  4. Lisa December 27, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Looks delisch… what did you spoon on top of the cakes?

    • Angela December 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Lisa, I used a little plain Greek yogurt for the tops–cream is also good :)

  5. Rachel M December 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    This looks great! I’ve been trying to experiment with apricots.

    • Angela December 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Thanks! They worked really well for this, and I have also used plums in season.

  6. Carole July 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Lovely work, Angela! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is creating a collection of recipes using apricots or nectarines? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

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