Dessert in our house today. 22 November 2015.

Hi everyone. Apologies that it’s been 11 days since my last post. Life moves quickly on and people think I’ve given up on the banting – a favourite past-time has been to try things for a while and then give up. Not this one! My mother tentatively suggested that when the weight is not moving in a downward trajectory to stick with it. That has been the case for the last three weeks – until yesterday. I broke the two stone barrier and then had another pound off this morning – such a great feeling – I have 29 pounds off and I have brought my BMI down to a 38 – huge for so many of you but such a result for me. My husband went to the doctor and got his blood pressure tablets reduced by more than half. He also got a reading on his cholesterol – 3.6! Even the sceptics are sitting up now and taking note!

The beauty of this plan is I am not on a diet – I am just choosing to eat in a certain way – I can have a glass of wine if I choose, I can have a piece of chocolate if I want, but most of all – for the first time ever I can truly say that I have lost the gaping, yawning hole inside of me that food never filled before. Psychologists tell you that you are emotional eating – I have come to the conclusion that I was addict eating actually – because life has not suddenly become utopian – the same rows and the same struggles happen every day – but I don’t have the same yearning gnawing at me to feed the beast – the sugar addict!

Two updates on the previous post – that Thai curry sauce is available from Dunnes Stores – and at a cookery demonstration the other night I learned that if your coconut milk separates then add a little chilled butter and it will bring it back together!


Okay – today’s recipe comes from a site called  – there are so many sites out there that have all sorts of recipes for you to try out. I’m going to my parents’ in – oops ten minutes so I made this cake as an alternative to Mammy’s tart! Let’s see how it tastes – I’ll let you know tomorrow.

Lemon cake with lemon sauce

Preheat oven to 160 fan oven



  • 1/2 tsp baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tblsp of xylitol
  • 1/2 cup milk – I used cream!
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour- I used 3/4 and 1/2 coconut as I ran out of almond.
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil  – did you hear the scandal about that during the week – lots of reputable companies diluting with cheaper olive oil!
  • Juice and rind of two lemons
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites whisked to stiff peak stage


  • 1 tblsp cocnut cream – make sure not to take any of the watery stuff – just the solid cream.
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • xylitol to taste – max 1 tblsp!

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and put to one side.

Throw all the wet ingredients into a bowl together – except for the egg whites – they need to be whisked to a stiff peak separately.

Then add the dry to the wet – I did it the other way around – will try the correct way the next time!

When all is mixed well fold in the egg whites and place all in a cake tin – mine was a ten inch – Id say an eight inch would be better but I didn’t have one here so I made do.


Cook this for about 25 minutes.

It came out flattish but smelling great – I’d suggest leaving in the tin as it’s very delicate – mine cracked slightly after moving it – not to worry – there’s a lovely sauce to go over it!

Heat the coconut cream in a pan and add the lemon juice and xylitol.

Pour over the cake and serve. I have no photo yet as I will do that at home in Newbridge!

I’ll post how it was received tomorrow – along with my husband’s meat soup recipe – he swears by it for filling him and helping the pounds to move!

Keep that sugar at bay!






7 Replies to “Dessert in our house today. 22 November 2015.”

  1. Hi,
    Can you help! Have been Banting for the past month and went from 12:11 to 12:06 but now increased to 12:8!!! I don’t understand what’s happened as I’m not snacking and keeping to HFLC! Can you give some advice please.
    Many thanks


    1. Hi Ann. I feel your pain but wish I was at a 12 no! Nowhere near it yet! Have you signed up to the real meal revolution site? I still track everything I eat every day.
      I am eating around 1400 calories a day. I only eat when I’m hungry.
      I find I lose three or four pounds fast then spend the following two weeks regaining and losing them.
      If I have a stall week I do a day or two of eating mostly eggs – if you google egg fasts you’ll find lots of information there. It just seems to really help to get things moving again.
      For me it’s about sticking to the food plan no matter what. You may find as I did that even though the weight went up my waist measurement reduced. I’ll do a post this weekend on this Ann.
      Keep going and keep in touch!


      1. Hi Orla,
        Thanks for your reply. I’ve looked at the Real meal site but haven’t subscribed however I do have the book. I don’t keep a food diary as I thought I only eat when hungry so what’s the point . Maybe this is where I’m going wrong ! How do you know how many calories you’re eating? I am amazed at the good you cook and how delicious it sounds, and yet allowed!
        Thank you for this site – it’s great!

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      2. Hi Ann. There is a free tracker on the site – but if you google food calculator it’ll tell you. I’ll find the one I found for free – on a sore belonging to one of the long term members – Linda K – when you’ve worked out how much fat gms, protein gms and carb gms you’ve eaten you then can figure out how many calories a day you’re eating. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can with a site to track your food


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