Thursday, 24 September 2015

Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds)

In Vietnamese and Chinese culture, the Moon Festival (also known as Lunar Festival or Mid - Autumn festival) is a time to spend with family and gather around delicious food. It is held on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, so this year it is on the 27th of September. This was definitely one of my favourite times of the year growing up. Friends and family would come to visit, gifting each other different varieties of delicious moon cakes (known as Banh Trung Thu) which had green bean paste, red bean paste, taro paste or mixed nuts & seeds with ham inside. Each cake had one or two salted duck yolks inside representing the moon and making the perfect combination of sweet & salty! My all time favourite was the mixed nuts & seeds and I am really excited to share this healthy version of moon cake for the lunar festival this year.

Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Mixed Nuts and Seeds Moon Cake (Paleo Friendly)
These moon cakes make a great nutritious snack and are perfect for school lunch packs (just replace the almonds with any of your favourite seeds to keep them nut free). They also keep in an airtight container for a week or so. I sent a few off to my friend / taste tester Susan (who is not paleo) and she loved having one each morning for breakfast with her cup of tea <3

Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Paleo Moon Cake
All you need to do for this recipe is mix all the ingredients in a bowl, pour into moulds and bake :) I have left out the salted duck yolk as I don't think this would be easily found in many places, but feel free to add one in the middle of the mould if you have access to them (from asian grocery stores). 

Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS

Makes: 12 to 24 Moon cakes (dependant on the size of your mould)
Prep Time: 5 mins (unless you wish to soak the nuts and seeds overnight)
Cook Time: 20 mins

Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Allow a little more time if you have little hands that love to help you in the kitchen. It's a great recipe for the kids to make.

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You will need (I always use organic when possible):
  • 3 eggs
  • 8-10 medjool dates (pitted and finely chopped) (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1 cup tahini (buy on iherb or amazon) or 1 cup almond butte(buy on iherb or amazon or half and half works well too!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (buy from iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 cup shelled watermelon seeds (if unable to find, replace with any seeds or nuts of choice such as chia, flax)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • extra coconut oil for the moulds
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
I found these beautiful flower silicone moulds at Ben Thanh Market

Method:
  • preheat the oven to 160c degrees (320 fahrenheit)
  • in a large mixing bowl, measure out all the dry ingredients
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Measure out all the dry ingredients
  • add all the wet ingredients and combine well
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Add all the wet ingredients and combine well
  • oil your moulds with 1/2 tsp coconut oil in each mould
  • spoon the batter in, if using muffin tins, only fill them halfway as you don't want these cakes thicker than 1 inch
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Any type of moulds will work for these Mixed Nuts and Seeds Moon Cakes, including Muffin tins
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes if your moulds are about 1cm thick or 20mins for 2cm (1 inch approx) thick
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the moulds
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Once cool enough to remove from the moulds, allow to cool completely on a wire rack

  • allow the moon cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container
  • this is a really simple recipe the kids can also join in on, my 3 yo really enjoyed helping with the measuring, mixing and photo styling :)
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds) Paleo, GAPS
Moon cakes are all about families spending time together so make some with your kids this weekend :)
  • don't forget to check the full moon on the 27th of September, it should be at it's roundest and brightest!
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds)
Paleo Moon Cake (Mixed Nuts and Seeds)
hope you enjoy! May xx


2 comments:

  1. Wow perfect timing. I'm going to try to make your paleo moon cake this weekend! (And hopefully make it out to the festival too) You are a genius! -Kim @lettucebehealthy

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    1. Hey Kim! hope you enjoy them. Thank you!

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