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Sugar and gluten-free coconut carrot cake?

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Updated October 22, 2014 at 4:19 AM
Created July 15, 2014 at 4:12 PM

My mum was making some home made cakes the other day and I asked her to bake some more without the sugar and to add some coconut to see what they taste like and honestly they're lovely! and I assume pretty healthy? I'm going to try them again with carrots. The ingredients are simply:

Rice flour

Butter

Coconut oil

Desiccated coconut

Shredded carrots

Eggs

All of these ingredients on their own are healthy so why would baking them together suddenly make them unhealthy? So convenient and healthy, especially for breakfast!

Now tell me why I'm wrong ...

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41452 · July 18, 2014 at 2:24 AM

But I was promised cake!

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26182 · July 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Matt, forget about cake. Call it a muffin or a loaf or a nutrient delivery device. He/she is just saying that they found a good they like, is there anything inherently bad with consuming regularly.

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41452 · July 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Lots of coconut is sugared, but it sounds like you avoided that. Still wonder, where's the sugar? Why bother eating cake if it's not really cake?

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455 · July 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Awesome, glad I was able to help :)

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4181 · July 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Good suggestion, might give it a go! :)

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4181 · July 17, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I'm not looking for a super diet, I just want to be healthy and happy, not 'prime'

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26182 · July 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

So why ask? If things are working for you, then go for it. As I said earlier -- I cannot answer the question of health for you. Personally I would choose starchy vegetables and tubers over rice as primary form of carbohydrates. But if you have other health issues with night shades, YMMV. Glad you found something that works for you. Don't second guess yourself.

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1005 · July 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Paleo-recreations of SAD foods are still SAD foods, where If you create a processed food to eat, you're eating suboptimal processed food.

Ditch the rice flour. Trade the cooked carrots for raw. Then, cook your eggs up in the coconut oil + butter with fresh coconut meat on the side. +10 flavor, +10 nutrition, +10 glycemic response.

I wouldn't call it unhealthy, but it's not pro-healthy. I'd file it under "treats" -- though if you indulge, I'd do it right and have it taste more treat-like and keep the consumption infrequent, unless unsweetened coconut carrot rice flour bread is your thing.

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4181 · July 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM

my mental health problems have also greatly improved so i dont trawl forums like this anymore trying to figure out if it was that nightshade tomato I had during lunch that was completely wrecking my health

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4181 · July 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I have a problem with gluten and since completely cutting it out and eating rice noodles along with lots of vegetables and protein, fats and some fruits I've seen huge improvements in my health and skin, rice noodles are very easy to digest and provide energy, I'm not really interested in tracking my macros and micros etc, my diet is closer to the perfect health diet and about 50 x better than what most people eat, ie porridge for breakfast a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner, if you get too bogged down on the technicalities of food I don't see how you can enjoy it, or your life really

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26182 · July 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Thus you are replacing nutrient dense foods with rice (to maintain a proper caloric level). That's not necessarily bad -- but it's also not healthy.

If health is your goal, 100g of carrots will dominate 100g of your "cake".

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26182 · July 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I would say that eating lots of rice noodles is not healthy either. It may not be detrimental, but that doesn't make it a positive addition. Rice, in general, is very nutrient void in comparison to the alternative. White Rice, and Processed Rice (like rice noodles and Rice Flour) is even more nutrient void.

I eat rice as required by culinary norms (sushi, paella, jambalaya, etc) but those are once or twice a month. If you want carbs starchy vegetables, roots, and beans provide additive value to a diet. Rice, Rice Flours, etc provide minimal additive value.

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4181 · July 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

uh no dessicated coconut means it's dried out, I just checked and the only ingredient is coconut which has very little sugar in it, mostly fat. Any other reasons why it suddenly becomes unhealthy?

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41452 · July 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Oh, so sugared coconut? So it's not sugar free.

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4181 · July 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

but why is it not healthy? I eat lots of rice noodles cooked in coconut oil with a source of protein (prawns etc) and vegetables, why is this healthier than the cakes which have similar ingredients (protein being the egg, rice flour being the rice, coconut oil etc) I really don't see the problem other than them being called cakes

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4181 · July 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The sweetener is the dessicated coconut, trust me it tastes lush! your assumptions about its taste aside, it's surely not unhealthy given a breakdown of the ingredients ..

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26182 · July 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I doubt cooking will change the glycemic response to fat. Cooking increases the bioavailability of sugars and decreases the bioavailability of some fibers (especially resistant starches). Thus the coconut, carrots and rice flour is the more likely culprit. I cannot answer the health question for you because I don't know your specific scenario. If you have metabolic issues, cholesterol problems (especially triglycerides), etc, I would avoid. If you are otherwise healthy this is not a terrible indulgence - but I would not call it healthy (if you want health, just eat the carrots)

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4181 · July 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

so cooking with coconut oil and butter is bad because it will change the glycemic index? I'm not talking about that I'm talking about health; please seperate health and weight loss before answering cheers

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455 · July 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Why not coconut flour instead of rice flour? I mean if you're using rice flour, it's basically the same as plain white flour that you find in regular carrot cake (don't tell me it's magically better because it's gluten-free, cake flour barely has any gluten as it is, it's mainly starch so it's not much different). Go for something more nutritious like almond flour or coconut flour instead.

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4181 · July 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Good suggestion, might give it a go! :)

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That'd be delicious as far as I can tell. I agree with using nut/coconut flour as opposed to rice flour though. If you want to go for a sweeter taste I'd throw in some maple and/or honey and perhaps a few drops of vanilla extract. One thing that I can recommend to really bring out the flavor is to only use egg yolks. I've found that throwing the entire egg into a batter gives it a blander taste.

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41452 · July 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Cake is still cake, even if made with "healthy" ingredients.

And where's the sweetener? Sounds sort of bleh… more like carrot bread than carrot cake.

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26182 · July 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Matt, forget about cake. Call it a muffin or a loaf or a nutrient delivery device. He/she is just saying that they found a good they like, is there anything inherently bad with consuming regularly.

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4181 · July 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The sweetener is the dessicated coconut, trust me it tastes lush! your assumptions about its taste aside, it's surely not unhealthy given a breakdown of the ingredients ..

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26182 · July 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Cooking certainly will change the glycemic response to a food, and that could be a negative (http://fbns.ncsu.edu/USDAARS/Acrobatpubs/S114-150/...). Also it will change the palatability of food, and there's plenty of research that shows people over consume hyper-palatable food.

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4181 · July 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

so cooking with coconut oil and butter is bad because it will change the glycemic index? I'm not talking about that I'm talking about health; please seperate health and weight loss before answering cheers

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