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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Chocolate Muffins with Banana and Sweet Potato

Here's an easy recipe for chocolate muffins. They make a quick breakfast for those mornings when you're running behind schedule. My kids LOVED these. 

I used a combination of sweet potato and bananas. If you don't have one, use the other, or mix them like I did. I had 2 small sweet potatoes leftover, and when I mashed them, it came to 1/4 cup. When I added a mashed banana, it was about 1 cup of mash total.

For the apple sauce, I like to buy those little snack cups that you might send to school with your kids. If I bought a jar of sauce, I'd never be able to use it up before it went bad.




Chocolate Muffins with Banana and Sweet Potato
Makes 10 muffins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of pink salt
  • 1 chia or flax egg*
  • ¼ cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 snack size unsweetened apple sauce (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (vegan if desired or other add-in such as nuts)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and then stir them into the dry ingredients just until combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide among the 10 paper liners and bake for about 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely before eating them. I like to remove them from the pan right away and put them on a cooling rack near an open window.
  7. If you try to remove the paper while they're warm, it will stick. It comes off easily once they're cool. They will also firm up in the middle as they cool. Have patience friend.
*To make a chia or flax egg, simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground chia or flax with 3 tablespoons of water. Wait for a few minutes until it turns into a gel.



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