Spiced Oat Almond Gluten-free Cake, in Strawberry Nuts Goji berry parfait. Vegan GF gum-free

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I whipped up a cake on the day before Valentines day, with oats, rice flour and almonds and was wondering about what to do with it. Since hubbs is used to cakes and cookies every other day. So I made a parfait. Though it didnt look or feel too fancy or elaborate, but it surely won hubbs over ;)
The cake is spiced with ginger and cloves, my current favorite spice combination. It is nutty and melt in your mouth, somewhere between a sponge and a crumbly buttery muffin.. and it works in perfectly in this parfait. I dint use any gum in the cake, you can add a little to make it less crumbly.
You dont need a special day to make either the cake or the parfait. It makes for a great breakfast or an after meal dessert. I know, coz hubbs has asked for it 3 more times already:)

I added some beet to a portion of the cake batter to pinkify the top. That is totally optional. :) It was amazing to see so many hearts, chocolate, pink things and all vegan on all blogs and food photography sites! We had a bunch of chocolate cakes on the weekend, so this fresh parfait was a refreshing change. Check out Spiced Chocolate cake, Carrot Cardamom Cake and more in the Collection here.

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Cake Ingredients: Makes a 3/4 inch layer in an 8 by 4 inch pan
6 Tbsps Oats, ground
4 Tbsps raw Almond, ground
2 Tbsps brown rice flour
3.5 Tbsps raw sugar or equivalent sweetener
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon each of ginger and cloves powder
2 teaspoon agave syrup
2 Tbsps water
1.5 Tablespoons organic canola oil
1/2 teaspoon flaxmeal
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
For the pink layer:
2 teaspoon beet puree
1 Tbsp Oats, ground
In a bowl whisk the oil, water, agave, sugar, vinegar and flaxmeal till well combined.
In another bowl whisk all the dry ingredients and add to the wet mix.
Pour the batter in a parchment lined pan.
Bake all the batter, or keep 2 Tablespoons for the pink top(optional).
Mix 2 Tablespoons of the mix with 2 teaspoons beet puree and 1 Tablespoons oats flour. Pour this in top of the batter.
Spread it on the top and bake at preheated 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick from the center comes out almost clean
Remove cake from pan carefully. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

For the parfait:
Layer the a piece of the cake that fit into the serving glass.
Top it with chopped strawberries or fruit of choice, some chopped walnuts or other nuts and dried goji berries.
Top this layer with plain Coconut milk or other non dairy yogurt. For a more dessert version, add a little agave or raw sugar and spices of choice to the yogurt(I used SoDelicious plain coconut milk yogurt with a little ginger powder, cinnamon and raw sugar mixed in for just a hint of sweet and spice)
Top this layer with the cake, then fruit, nuts, yogurt and continue layering.
Dig in and smile!


  1. Very pretty pictures Richa!
    And I like this one too. Love stuff 2-in-1 ideas like these... where you make brownie then use it in Trifle, or use cake to make Parfait! :)

  2. So pretty-love your photos, and I bet it tastes fabulous too!

  3. what a gorgeous parfait! i definitely have to whip this up for my hubby ;)

    1. if he likes nutty and spiced up desserts, he will love this!

  4. This looks awesome and yummy


  5. I love the second picture with the cake, drool! Fabulous dessert!

  6. i love this simple gluten free cake! totally bookmarked. and parfaits rock. yogurt, fruit, and gf bread sound wonderful together. so cute how your hubby asked for it 3 times! he must love eating healthy! :D

    1. Thanks Junia! I think the key is the healthy options taste as scrumptious and fun as the indulgent ones.:) I dont like fat and sugar highs myself. I love fresh, mild sweet and nutty things:)

  7. Richa, your recipes never cease to amaze me! This parfait looks incredible. I would like to eat one (or two, or three!) right now.

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  8. I love your recipes, so creative! I also love that you're baking without the gums and using such nutritious ingredients - I'm first in line to buy your book!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Vicky! it definitely made my weekend!:) a book is a far far thought.. i am such an on a whim cook, i dont know how i will be able to plan and write a book:)

  9. first time here Richa!lovely recipe :)healthy too :)

    1. Thank you Princy! Keep dropping by!

  10. Almonds, oats, agave, spices.... even the cake along looks fabulous!

  11. Oh I love the spice combination too. I'm sure the cake alone was lovely but the parfait sounds even better!

  12. How excited am I to find this was your next post! After reading your comment I thought to myself, I really hope Richa writes about her Valentines Day Parfait, and what do I find over here today; just that! You totally made my day Richa :)

    1. Thanks Heather.. now since we have had enough fresh fruit i can indulge in some chocolate pudding!

  13. Your parfait looks so fresh and springy, it's hard to keep in mind that it's still winter! Ah, I can't wait until strawberry season is officially here again...

  14. My God Richa, you have a lot of patience taking pictures. I am amazed with different backgrounds. Very nicely done. I love parfaits. They feel rich, but aren't that much.

    1. Thanks Champa. Its the same setting with some prop change:) i like the balance with the fresh fruit and yogurt and the heavier sugary nutty cake!

  15. What a good idea to turn a cake into a completely different and even more delicious dessert! And it's still so healthy!

  16. wow, lovely pics! this looks too good to be healthy :)

  17. I just made this. It tastes delicious (I added cinnamon as well). It makes the perfect amount for 2-3 people.

  18. I am loving goji with almond right now - I've been experimenting with ways to use chia seeds, and today have come up with a goji berry and chia seed raw almond milk- tastes delicious and has an interesting texture! Definitely worth a try - check out my recipe here: http://www.indigomemoirs.com/2013/05/08/detox-almond-milk/.

  19. Very yummy! My hubby will like this. I will surely try it. I have a half a bag of goji berries just itching to be used for something delicious like this. This is very healthy as well.
    Goji berry juice


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