11/10/09

No Flour Almond Pound Cake - Low Carb and No Sugar

If you love pecan pancakes and wholegrain, nutty breads, I think you'll like this almond pound cake I made earlier this weekend. It reminds me of pecan pancakes but this is a healthier version, having no flour and no sugar. It's low-carb diet friendly this way but if you just want a nice nutty, wholesome, almond pound cake and are not cutting out your sugar, you could make it with sugar instead of Splenda or play with the recipe in any number of ways. You can also purchase finely ground 'almond flour' to use if you want a smoother, whiter cake. My version uses my own ground nuts, which I did not grind too fine. This gave me the nutty, brown, pecan pancake-like texture I was craving.

If you are counting carbs you'll have to use your own personal favorite website or book to figure your exact count based on the ingredients you use and the amounts, as well as the size of slice you serve but the original recipe I loosely based this on said it will average 6 net grams of carbs per serving if the cake was sliced into 12 servings.



Ground Almond Pound Cake

1 stick (1/2 c) butter, room temp
1/2 c cream cheese (not fat free)
1 c Splenda (or sugar)
5 large eggs
2 c ground almonds (or use almond flour for a smoother, whiter cake)
1/2 c egg white powder (I use JustWhites)
2 t xanathan gum
2 1/4 T baking soda
1 t lemon or almond extract
1 1/2 t vanilla extract

Ground about 12 oz. natural, unsalted almonds in a food processor. You need 2 cups after ground. Don't grind too long or you'll end up with paste. Just until powder like and uniform in texture.

Cream butter, cream cheese and splenda. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.

Mix the JustWhites with the xanathan gum and baking soda and blend in the ground almonds or almond flour. Add the batter to the almond mixture a little at a time while beating. Add the extracts.

Pour or spoon into a greased 9" Springform pan, bundt pan, ring pan or even round pans. Bake at 350 for approximately 50-55 minutes.



A nutty, thick batter


Fresh from the oven... Mmmm!