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Coconut Pudding Cake with Blueberry Sauce

June 06, 2016
Featured in: Food Rx, Baked Goods, Dessert
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Light and airy coconut pudding cake topped with a naturally sweet blueberry sauce and crispy coconut chips!

Enjoy this light and airy coconut pudding cake topped with a naturally sweet blueberry sauce and crispy coconut chips!

By Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT 

Living in South Carolina, I don’t mark the start of summer by a date in the calendar. To me, summer begins when the temperature hits 90+ degrees for four days straight. 

So in that case, helloooo summer!

When the seasons change, I get a case of seasonally induced binge disorder. In the spring, it’s asparagus. With fall comes kale. In the winter, I turn to kabocha squash for comfort. And even though coconut is available year round, when summer comes it's coconut everything. Bonus points for anything that makes my house smell like sunscreen and pina coladas when it cooks, like this coconut pudding cake.

Have you ever tried a pudding cake? By whipping beaten egg whites into a batter of egg yolks and just a little bit of flour, it creates a light and airy cake over a layer of creamy pudding. It's like nothing you've ever tasted! Nutritionally speaking, pudding cakes are on the healthier side, since you only need a bit of flour, sugar and butter and the eggs do the rest. Creamy coconut milk adds the most incredible flavor and ups the creaminess factor even more. 

Coconut's rise from vilified saturated fat to miracle food is a bit absurd when you think about it. Of course, being a whole food and a staple ingredient in many cultures, it's nuts to think it was once on every doctor's "Do Not Eat" list. But now it's reputation has done a total 180. If you believe everything you read (please don't), coconut can do everything from burning fat to killing cancer. 

Light and airy coconut pudding cake topped with a naturally sweet blueberry sauce and crispy coconut chips!

While coconut's health claims are overblown, that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to love in everyone's favorite tropical fruit! 

  • Coconut oil is mostly saturated fat, which has long been thought of as the "bad," artery-clogging type, but recent research has complicated that matter. The specific types of fatty acids in coconut appear to raise HDL and LDL in a proportional way so it does not affect heart disease risk. Still, there's much more research supporting olive oil for heart health, so I use that as my primary fat. 
  • Coconut is a rich source of potassium, a mineral that helps control blood pressure. Half a cup of coconut milk has 10% daily needs for potassium. 
  • Much of the fat in coconut is from Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), a rapidly digested type of fat which may slightly raise metabolismincrease satiety and even benefit cognitive function
  • About 50% of the fatty acids in coconut are lauric acid, which have been shown to have an antifungal and antimicrobial effect. In fact, it's been studied as a potential treatment for c. diff, candida overgrowth and for dental health. 
  • Coconut contains a nice dose of magnesium, a mineral that plays a wide variety of roles in energy metabolism, blood sugar control, bone health, and cognitive health. Unfortunately, up to 70% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Half a cup of coconut milk contains 10% daily needs. 

Most of all, I just love it's flavor! Although coconut isn't everyone's cup of tea, I adore it! With a hint of vanilla and sweetness, I use it in place of milk and cream on a regular basis in everything from my morning cup of coffee to adding creaminess to soups! 

Light and airy coconut pudding cake topped with a naturally sweet blueberry sauce and crispy coconut chips!

This light and airy coconut pudding cake from @RHartleyRD is perfect for summer!
Light and airy coconut pudding cake topped with a naturally sweet blueberry sauce and crispy coconut chips!

Coconut Pudding Cake with Blueberry Sauce

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Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or regular sugar
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups canned coconut milk
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 12 ounce bag frozen blueberries
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup coconut chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 1-quart gratin dish with oil or rub with coconut oil. 
  2. In a large bowl, beat coconut oil with sugar until creamy with a handheld mixer. Beat in egg yolks, then flour, coconut milk and salt. 
  3. Rinse beaters clean. Place egg whites in a medium bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Fold in half of the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture until combined, then fold in the remaining half. 
  4. Pour batter into the baking dish. Place baking dish over a roasting pan. Pour about an inch of water into the roasting pan. Place in the oven and bake 35-40 minutes until cake if puffed and golden. Place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. 
  5. While cake is baking, make blueberry sauce. Place blueberries and lime juice in a small pot on medium heat. Bring to a simmer until juice is released from blueberries and sauce forms. Turn off heat and let cool.
  6. When cake and sauce have cooled slightly, pour sauce in the middle of the cake. Sprinkle coconut chips over the top and serve. 

 

*Note: Nutrition Facts reflect 1/8th of the recipe

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Calories 219
Carbohydrates 19.3g
Fiber 2.3g
Sugar 12.4g
Fat 34.5g
Protein 3.3g
Sodium 54mg
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RachaelAnAvocadoADay
Rachael Hartley is the author of the FOOD Rx on HealthyAperture - a monthly feature that embraces the saying "Let food be thy medicine." The tasty, whole food recipes shared in Food Rx take advantage of the healing power of food, highlighting ingredients with known health promoting abilities. Rachael is also private practice dietitian and blogger at Avocado A Day Nutrition. She is passionate about helping men and women improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing with nourishing and delicious whole foods, mindfulness and intuitive eating. As lifelong food lover, the kitchen is her playground and she enjoys experimenting with new ingredients, trying new cuisines and sharing those creations on her blog. When not working with clients or blogging, you can find her playing with her two big fluffy dogs, practicing yoga, or traveling with her husband.
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