It is summertime finally, and everyone is gathering for BBQ’s, patio parties, and family events. With this beautiful weather that is finally upon our swamped city, the last thing you want to do is stay inside and bake a cake for a get together. Even more so, the last thing you want to eat is a calorie dense, sugary, chalked-full with flour dessert! If you are trying to stay healthy but at the same time need the perfect summertime treat then I have the simplest recipe for you – summertime watermelon cake – paleo and gluten free.
For this no-bake cake, you will need:
- 1 Watermelon
- 1 container of Coconut Greek Yogurt (or any flavour you may prefer – i.e.: vanilla)
- Possible Toppings: Fruit, Cinnamon, Honey, Nuts, Mulberries, Cacao Nibs, Basil, Or anything you have sitting in your fridge!
Begin by cutting the ends off of the watermelon and carving off the skin. You can make this cake any size you prefer by trimming the top and bottom (you can even make it a funky shape if you want, i.e.: a star or heart). Next, use your Greek yogurt topping, or any non-dairy substitute you prefer to ‘ice’ the cake.
Note: the sides of the watermelon are too smooth to decorate, so only ice the top. Finish it off with raw nuts (pumpkin seeds work great!) or any delicious superfood you can think of (such as mulberries, coconut chips, or cacao nibs, for example), and garnish it with fresh basil.
Not only will your eyes benefit from the high vitamin A content of the watermelon, but vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect you from any free radical damage from sun exposure. Watermelon also contains electrolytes, which keep you hydrated and refreshed on a hot summers day! (Post-hot yoga, golf game, or summertime-jog snack perhaps?)
Enjoy this nutrient packed, guilt-free, oh-so-refreshing, and most of all FUN desert this summer. I promise you will both wow your guests, and your palate.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, CHN™ and have a transcript in Iridology from the Canadian Institute of Iridology. I achieved my diploma with honors in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta. My vast knowledge of supplementation has been acquired from working in naturopathic clinics, health food stores and ongoing education through webinars, books and podcasts. It is important to me to have up to date information on the newest nutritional research and popular diets. I have also completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Brazil in 2013 with Define Yoga.