You asked me for a gluten-free nutritious cake, so here I am, giving you a very nutritious orange millet cake . Ever since I started this blog my goal has been to try and introduce you to new things related to healthy eating. Classic orange cakes abound on the internet and in cookbooks. Here you will find something different. After all, healthy cakes are a favorite topic of mine! Of course I will publish more classic or more common recipes when I feel like it, but what I like to do is presenting something that you might not know or thought.
I imagine that most of you frowned in the word millet. I did the same the first time I came across a recipe with millet. I knew it as bird food. I used to feed my canary, Bibiko, with millet when I was little 😀 Now I understand why he was so lively… 😉 Isn’t it really impressive that the humble foods of the past are now becoming superfoods?
A few words about millet
Millet seems to have been used in ancient Greece since 3,000 BC, mainly in the making of bread. Pythagoras, in fact, considered it an ideal food and suggested to his students to consume it.
Today, millet has been described as a “functional food” by the scientific community, ie food which, in addition to the nutrients it contains naturally, has additional properties that contribute beneficially to human physiology and reduce the risk of disease. It is typical that millet is recommended for patients recovering from diseases.
A serving of 100 grams of raw millet provides 378 calories and is a rich source (20% or more of the recommended daily allowance) of protein. It contains dietary fiber, B vitamins and mainly niacin. It also contains folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. It is rich in phenolic compounds, which act as antioxidants. I read that when millet is combined with legumes and raw nuts, it gives us protein similar to that of meat.
It does not contain gluten, so it is a good alternative for people who are sensitive to it (always look at the label that confirms it).
Millet contains soluble fiber, which produces a viscous substance in the intestine, which traps fats and helps lower cholesterol levels.
It has the property of increasing the levels of serotonin in the body, calming the body and improving the mood.
Millet is mainly used instead of rice and cooked in the same way. But it can be added to salads, combined with vegetables, legumes, even in the breakfast bowl, or as a porridge. As for its taste, it is very characteristic, slightly sweet, and reminiscent of nuts.
Millet can be found in food stores and organic stores, where you will also find its derivatives, such as milk, flour, etc.
So, how about making a delicious orange millet cake?
Orange Millet Cake (GF)
Flavorful and very nutritious orange cake made with millet flour (Gluten-free)
- 200gr. millet flour
- 30gr. cornstarch
- 10gr. baking powder
- 80gr. almonds, ground into powder
- 150gr. coconut sugar, ground into a powder
- 110gr. orange juice (about 2 oranges), strained
- the zest of 3 oranges
- 120gr. olive oil
- 4 eggs
- 60gr. coconut sugar
- 40gr. orange juice
Preheat the oven to 210oC.
In a bowl, sift the flour, the cornstarch and the baking powder. Add the ground almonds and mix well.
Beat the olive oil with the ground sugar and add the 110gr. juice.
Add the eggs one by one, stirring the mixture in the meantime.
Add the flour mixture gradually and mix. Finally add the zest. (the mixture will be slightly watery).
Transfer the mixture to an oiled and floured pan with a removable bottom, 19-20cm in diameter.
Bake the cake for 10 minutes and then lower the oven to 170oC and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes.
After taking the cake out of the oven and putting it on a rack to cool, heat the rest of the juice with the rest of the sugar in a saucepan over a low heat for the sugar to melt.
Remove the sides of the pan and brush the surface of the cake with the “syrup”. Allow to cool completely.
2g Saturated fat
12.8g Unsaturated fat
Recipe adapted from Saveurs Green magazine.