Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist/ Healthy Muffin Maker/ Mum :-)
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NO MAPLE SYRUP
but it’s still sweet and yummy! The secret is
I was reading some raw recipes, and they were using dates as sweeteners. Thought I would try some in my cooking too! I’ve made Dates and walnuts muffins before but in that recipe, I did add raw sugar.
This cake is completely sugarless, but sweet enough for Yumi and me, and you can eat it guilt free :-)
The base is okara, a residue you get when making soy milk. (Read more about OKARA from Wikipedia)
Okara is low in fat, high in fiber, and also contains protein, calcium, iron, and riboflavin (from Wikipedia), and in Japan it is considered as a “Diet food”, because they are filling and can be used as an alternative for meat. It is not easy to find okara in Australia, but I was lucky because my friend gave me a bagful of frozen organic okara. This was a great opportunity for me to try lots of okara recipes, and this rice flour cake turned out to be a favorite for Yumi.
Ingredients (I used a 22cm round cake tin)
-260g Okara, fresh
-120g Rice flour
-10g Organic cocoa
-1 Tablespoon Aluminum free Baking Powder
-4g Agar powder
-130g Chopped dates and walnuts (the ratio is up to you, the more the dates, the sweeter it becomes)
Step 1: Mix everything in a large bowl, pour into a lined cake tin and bake in 180C oven for 20min.
It’s so simple, but tasty! Yumi ate about a quarter of the cake already.
Agar powder must be something new to some people, so here is a description from Wikipedia. It is made from an algae, and although it saids “is a gelatinous substance”, don’t use gelatin as a substitute. It will not be vegan and it works differently. Agar works as a binder for this cake. I made it without it and unfortunately the cake did not keep its shape. If you don’t have to make it vegan, I would suggest to substitute 1 egg for agar, rather than gelatin for this recipe.
Please try it when you come across okara! I am sure you can make this using firm tofu as a substitute for okara. Will try it myself and let you know!