Are you looking for a refreshing and healthy treat that doesn’t involve baking? Or a cake for someone who can’t tolerate eating gluten or other baked goods? Well here it is my friends! A watermelon cake. Yes, it is really made with a watermelon (seedless), and it is very easy to put together. This is the same way my grandma made us watermelon cake during the summer, but she used imitation whipped cream.
All you need to make this cake is a large seedless watermelon, some sliced almonds or toasted coconut, two cans of full-fat coconut milk, and your favorite fresh fruits. Slicing the watermelon into the shape of a cake creates the base, and the whipped coconut cream creates the frosting. The nuts or toasted coconut and fresh fruit add a beautiful and delicious decoration. You can also try using edible flowers for the top, which I sometimes find at my local farmers market. For those of you that have asked, yes you can use a thick yogurt or whipped cream instead of coconut milk if you use dairy products. I have been told by many people that it works great!
This is best when served within a few hours of assembly, but I have left this in the fridge overnight and nothing budged, so you can prepare it ahead of time if you need to. The watermelon I used had just turned ripe, but an overly ripe watermelon will probably release more liquid and will not last as long. Don’t forget to pat the watermelon dry with the paper towels before adding the coconut whipped cream to help it adhere. Enjoy!
– 1 large seedless watermelon
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more)
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 Tbsp. raw honey
– 1 cup sliced raw almonds or shredded coconut
– Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)
TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
1. Make sure to place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). This will cause the cream to separate from the milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.
2. Open the can of coconut milk and scrape out the cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: I always open the can from the bottom and pour the milk out into a separate container before scraping out the cream. You can use the saved milk for smoothies and other recipes.
3. Add the vanilla and raw honey to the mixture. Whip the cream with a hand mixer on medium speed and work your way up to high speed until the cream is fluffy. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use.
TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS OR COCONUT:
1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot.
2. Add the sliced almonds or shredded coconut and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
1. Remove the top and bottom from the watermelon and remove the rind from the middle section. You should be left with a cake-shaped piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon “cake” into the number of wedges/slices you want. I recommend 6-8 slices depending on the size of the watermelon. (See below for a visual on how to cut the watermelon!). NOTE: You can leave the watermelon intact if you plan on traveling with it or do not want to cut it. Slicing a cake ahead of time just makes it much easier to dip the edges into the icing and then into anything else you want to adhere to the icing, such as the almonds or toasted coconut.
2. Pat the outside of the watermelon dry with paper towels (this is important because it will help the coconut whipped cream adhere better).
3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds or coconut, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and your favorite fresh fruit (I used blackberries, strawberries and kiwi). Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
I do one natural body detoxification every month. Detoxing gives you more energy, Clearer eyes and skin, you lose weight, sleep better and many more benefits. We all can reap the benefits of detoxing from the late night snacks, sugary drinks, and processed food at restaurants ( I don’t fell guilty though). I have taken just a bit and I end up eating it all. I am sure,I not the only one.
1. You Lose weight
The Weight you lose in detoxing is nothing but waste in your digestive system such as the colon, liver, and fat cells. Anytime you do a detoxification, you are going to lose some pounds. Some people lose more than others. Even though expect to lose about 5-7 pounds. The body’s intelligence will know how much weight you need to lose or not to lose. Trust me, if you are looking to lose weight you will, if you are not looking to lose weight, you won’t.
2. More Energy
People tend to sleep better and need less sleep. Making their mental, physical well being much better. This giving them more energy!
3. Stop those late night unhealthy cravings
If your body is healthy, it naturally craves healthy foods. If you let it unhealthy it will crave junk food. When you are detoxing please don’t forget you can have some snacks between lunch and dinner.
4. OK, so what’s the best way?
No matter which detox system you choose, be sure that it gives you all of the components needed for an good effective detox(why detox if its not totally effective). Remember that a good cleanse is not about deprivation or starvation, it’s an active process. It’s not just about juices or powders or pills, but equally about supporting yourself with fresh nourishing food to replenish your system.
Plus, once the detox is over take good care of yourself eat right exercise and enjoy all that life has to give you. And with your detox working great it will leave happy, energetic, and feeling great.
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