Yesterday was my birthday and I celebrated it in the best way I can think of. At lunch I took a jog along the shores of Frösön which I ended with a swim in Storsjön. For celebration, I baked a birthday cake with dates, chocolate and coconut topped with fresh fruit. Me and the kids then had a proper feast in front of Champions League.
With type 1 diabetes, I constantly need to think about keeping my blood sugar stable. By baking without sugar and flour, I can eat well without getting such large fluctuations in blood sugar and thus also feel better. But I promise! With this recipe, you will never want to bake plain again!
I know that the alternative, not to be here for another birthday, of course is worse. But I wish time could slow down to the same pace as 20 years ago. It feels like every time I blink, another year has passed. I know you should be comfortable with your age, embrace aging. In a way I do too, mentally I am in a good place. But on the other hand, I do not in the least like the body not being able to cope in the same way anymore. Exercise does not give the same effect as before and recovery takes time. Even loved ones get older and more fragile and death comes closer. What's to like about that?
It is with an enormous pride and love that I see my children grow, and it is fantastic to get to know them a little better for each day. To see the fine people they are, watch them grow in every aspect. But there is a melancholy in it too. This time will soon be over. I know it will be replaced by something else, something that will also be good. But I do not want this to end yet.
Running and swimming in icy water
What a luxury to kick off the day with a slow run along the water and top it off with a refreshing swim in Storsjön's icy water. The trend of winter swimming has not grasped me yet, but I do swim early in the spring until late in the autumn. Just as awful it is to get in, just as nice it is afterwards. And with a warm jacket and wool socks on, it was close to summer vibes.
Bake a cake
Trying to avoid fast carbohydrates from, for example, sugar and white flour is important for us with diabetes. But really, we could all need a more balanced eating. I'm definitely not a fanatic when it comes to diet. I eat everything. But I have discovered that in addition to keeping my blood sugar levels balanced, it also tastes insanely good!
So are you ready for a super tasty recipe for a rich and luxurious cake baked on dates, coconut and chocolate? Which even the kids will love? Then here we go! (I have chosen to put on a glaze that cheats with no sugar rule, but you can skip if you like.)
Luxurious chocolate cake with icing and fresh fruit
10 fresh dates
1/2 dl coconut flakes
1 1/2 dl coconut flour
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 dl coconut oil
1 pinch of sea salt
1 dl coconut oil
4 tablespoons boiled cold coffee
3 tablespoons cocoa
4 1/2 dl icing sugar
Mix dates, coconut and eggs. Add the other ingredients and mix a little bit more. Grease a baking tin with some coconut oil and add the batter. Be sure to even it out before baking it in the middle of the oven, 150 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. You want the cake to be baked but not dry. Let it cool and meanwhile prepare the frosting.
Melt the coconut oil. Add the other ingredients and stir until the frosting is completely smooth.
Spread the frosting on top of the cake when it has cooled completely. Slice up fresh fruit after season and taste, I used watermelon, kiwi and green grapes. Top the cake generously with fruit and drizzle some date syrup over it.
Luxurious, chocolatey, yummy!