June in the Kitchen – Lavender Nut Cake

My blog has been going for almost a year, yet this is only the second dessert recipe I have posted. My tastes don’t usually run to sweet, more to salty. And in the interests of keeping the “middle-aged spread” to a minimum, I carefully dole out my carbs. Enter this wonderful vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, Paleo friendly, low carbohydrate cake made from cashews. I served it in thin slices for dessert with fresh fruit, but you could cut it into larger slices for breakfast scones.  It would be wonderful anytime with a cup of Earl Grey. It’s dense and flavorful with honey and lavender. And best of all, this is an easy and delicious recipe.

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Lavender season is in full bloom in Northern California so it seemed appropriate to season it with fresh lavender. Make sure you purchase food grade lavender (I purchased dried lavender at Williams Sonoma) or use blooms that have not been sprayed with any pesticides or herbicides.

Lavender

  • 1 1/2 cups of Cashews (or 1 1/3 cups ground). I used unsalted but roast Cashews.
  • 1/4 cup of Arrowroot
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of lavender
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of honey (or 3 tablespoons of maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 inch metal pie plate with parchment paper.
  2. Blend the cashews in a food processor until powdered.
  3. Whisk all the dry ingredients (powdered cashews, arrowroot, salt, baking powder and lavender) together in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients together, stir into the dry ones.
  5. Pour into the lined baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

    Cashew and Lavender Cake

    Cashew and Lavender Cake

  6. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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I’m taking this to Fiesta Friday for the guests at Angie’s to enjoy.

Fiesta Friday

13 thoughts on “June in the Kitchen – Lavender Nut Cake

  1. Is this really just your 2nd dessert? I guess I know what was the first, then. That chocolate mousse I featured a while ago. Am I right?

  2. Welcome to Fiesta Friday Liz, and thanks for bringing this wonderful dessert. Well, even though this is just your second dessert, it looks like both have been winners. Love all the ingredients in this cake, and the lavender just crowns it all. Aside from using lavender that is not sprayed with harsh chemicals, is there anything else that makes cooking lavender different from the regular lavender? I ask because there is a lavender bush in the gardens I volunteer at, and I’m itching to make some of the lavender dishes that folks have posted on here, including this great cake.

  3. What a lovely sounding cake, and I love the look of the crumb–it looks very perfectly nutty, dense and moist, and the top browned so beautifully into that shiny and deep golden crust!

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