When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lemon blueberry tea cakes (gluten-free, vegan)

This is the season every year where my mind tries to trick my body into thinking I am still twenty-something years old.  I wake up on a beautiful weekend morning in spring suddenly determined to make our large yard look like something out of the pages of a gardening magazine, and I spend the entire day weeding, pruning, edging, digging, planting, and schlepping inumerable giant bags of dirt and mulch all over the place.  Of course, the next morning when I wake up, my body informs my mind that it is most definitely not still twenty-something years old, and I suddenly remember once again why I shouldn't try to do so much in one day.  I'm not sure I'll ever learn....

This past Saturday was one of those crazy yard work kind of days, so yesterday morning I decided to take a short break from the gardening frenzy and putter a little in my kitchen instead.  I seem to always crave lemon flavoured things this time of year, so I whipped up some lemon blueberry tea cakes using almond flour, and iced them with a light coconut frosting.  These sweet little gluten-free and vegan cakes are perfect for enjoying on the patio with a nice cup of tea on a spring evening, and would make a lovely treat for Mom on Mother's Day.

Lemon Blueberry Tea Cakes

For the cakes:

2 cups blanched almond flour
1 tbsp arrowroot powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
the zest of one lemon
3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup frozen blueberries

For the icing:

3 tbsp raw coconut butter
3 tsp coconut oil
3 tsp raw honey

plus a bit of unsweetened shredded coconut and additional lemon zest for sprinkling on top of cakes

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, sea salt, baking soda, and lemon zest. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and honey.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Carefully fold in the frozen blueberries.

Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and gently press it with the palms of your hands to flatten it to about a 3/4 inch thickness.  Using a small biscuit cutter or a round cookie cutter, cut the dough into circles.  Place each circle on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake the cakes for approximately 20 minutes, or until they are lightly golden.  Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool.

Once the cakes have cooled, beat the coconut butter, coconut oil, and honey together with an electric mixture until you have a smooth icing.  Spread a little icing on the top of each cake, and sprinkle a bit of shredded coconut and lemon zest on top.  Serve and enjoy!

My break from the yard work didn't last long yesterday; I ignored my aching arms and legs and was right back at it in the afternoon.  But I sure did enjoy the nice view from my deck as I sat and savoured one of these yummy tea cakes after a good day's work.  :)


  1. Hi there, these look delicious, do you think it would work as cupcakes? Also, approximately how many does the recipe make?

    Thank you! My daughter requested blueberry cake for her birthday :)

    1. Hi Kory! Thanks for your compliment. :) I'm not sure if these would work as cupcakes, because the mixture is more of a heavy dough than a batter, but if you try, please let me know how they turn out! When I make them as tea cakes, I usually get about 6 or 7 of them.

      If you'd like to make a blueberry cake, maybe you could try this recipe and fold some blueberries in after the batter is mixed? http://www.pocketfuls.ca/2012/08/nutty-banana-chocolate-birthday-cake.html . (You could then use the icing I used for these lemon blueberry tea cakes instead of the chocolate one.) I often make this cake for birthdays around here and it is always a big hit. I hope your daughter has a wonderful time on her special day!