Pistachio and Lime Bites

Mercedes Aspland
By Mercedes Aspland / March 11, 2014

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Recently I have been having a few problems with my baking, I think it is me getting used to doing everything vegan and not using eggs and butter which is harder than I thought it was. This was something that could have been a disaster but ended up being really tasty and actually a bit of a success.

So the idea can from a trip to La Fromagerie to get the world’s best sourdough bread and they have loads of cakes available and one was a Pistachio and Lemon cake and I thought it would be great to make a vegan version of it. So I came back, looked around for recipes and came up with a great one from The Little Loaf and thought I would veganise it (if that is a word?) and use limes instead of lemons.

So the changes I made include using coconut oil instead of butter and Organ No Egg instead of eggs. I also have a thing about not using sugar so I swapped the sugar for a mixture of Xylitol and powdered agave. I forgot about the fact powdered agave is difficult to bake with and tends to split into fat and not really set which did cause a problem. I will say as well that when I was making this I thought that all the ground nuts and coconut oil in it would make something a bit fatty and not like a cake but I went with it.

What ended up happening was something that was very soft and so I had to cool it really well to get it to set and it came out a bit like sweets, a bit of a cross between cake and baklava. The taste was amazing and I just wanted to keep eating it but it definitely was not the cake I intended to get. I guess sometimes you just get a nice surprise and end up with something you would never have thought of making.

About the author

Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a Yoga Sports Coach with experiences working with athletes from many disciplines and experience levels. She is keen to spread the word of how valuable yoga is to sport. With additional qualifications in nutrition she also shares a number of recipes and nutritional advice to keep you fuelled while training.

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