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Forest Gump and Cake

January 10, 2011
by seemichellecook

One of my top favorite movies of all time is Forest Gump.

I mean really….who doesn’t love Forest?

I almost love Bubba and his shrimp boat dreams as much as Forest.

I know how he feels about shrimp except for me it’s coconut.

shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut muffins, coconut pancakes, coconut cookies, coconut chocolate bars, coconut curry, coconut and chicken, coconut pudding, coconut butter, coconut pizza, coconut on veggies, coconut candy, coconut bars, coconut squares, coconut potatoes, coconut yogurt, coconut casserole, coconut meatloaf, coconut burgers, coconut bread, coconut cereal, coconut grits, coconut rice, coconut oats, coconut wine, coconut water, coconut pasta, coconut cream, coconut milk.

That’s it.

Carrot Cake with a Coconut Twist

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

2/3 cups coconut oil

2/3 cups prune purée (or dates)

1 cup egg beaters (or 4 eggs)

2 cups grated carrots

1 1/2 cups pureed coconut (reserve 3 tbsp)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp coconut extract

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Australia does not have egg beaters.  I’ve always liked baking with egg beaters to lower the fat and calorie content of desserts without noticing any change in taste or texture.  I googled how to make eggbeaters and only found 1 recipe with 6 egg whites, 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder, 1 tbsp oil and 5-6 drops of yellow food coloring.   I skipped the food coloring (because who needs the extra chemicals?) and added 1/2 tsp of turmeric instead.

I had to put the mixture into the blender because the dried milk stayed lumpy otherwise.  The turmeric made little difference in the color so just skip it.  I’m not sure if this homemade egg beaters recipe would taste good just scrambled but it worked well for baking and I would use it again.

For the prune purée, just add a bit of water to the prunes and either microwave or simmer on the stove until very soft and then mash with a fork (I used the magic bullet).  I’ve experimented with prunes as a way to cut the fat in baking instead of apple sauce because of the high fiber and sweetness they have.

In a large bowl add oil, prunes, eggs, pineapple and extracts and blend well.   Add the rest of the ingredients and stir just until moistened.  Pour into a parchment lined baking pan (or use 2 small pans and freeze one of them after baking).

Bake at 350 degrees until centre is cooked through (approx 50-60 min)

Let cool and then slice into squares

You could make a high sugar/fat cream cheese frosting at this point or you could make some coconut butter and add the 3 tbsp of left over pineapple purée to it.

Oh my….

“I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.”

“It’s coconut!.”

Ok he didn’t say that last part…….but it’s true.

What’s your favorite Forest Gump quote?

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