Gluten-free Orange Almond Cake

I saw my friend Jeana make this wonderful gluten-free orange almond cake for tea the other day, and she sent me the recipe! Changing a few things to make it dairy-free, it came out as a delicious cake I had to share with you!

The ingredients of the dairy-free & gluten-free orange almond cake

This is a versatile basic cake to which you can add different toppings to later on, and the ingredients are not too expensive or too difficult to get either!

the ingredients of this orange almond cake
Orange Almond Cake
A fluffy orange almond cake great to eat for breakfast, for a high tea or as dessert!

Cuisine: world kitchen
Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 8

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 orange (puree meet and juice, zest orange skin and keep separately.)
  • 1 table spoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 cup of coconut oil (liquid)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of almond flour
  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar

  1. Preheat oven 350 F/180 C
  2. In 2 bowls separate yolks and egg white
  3. one big bowl sieve coconut flour and almond flour
  4. Add baking powder, salt and coconut oil and mix well
  5. Add 4 egg yolks, vanilla extract, orange zest and orange puree and mix well until a batter forms that is not too solid.
  6. Whisk egg whites. Once whipped, add slowly the coconut sugar so the white stays intact.
  7. Finally, slowly fold the egg whites into the other mixture until mixed well.
  8. Pour the fluffy mix into a baking pan and put into the oven.
  9. Should bake around 40 mins.
  10. Check your cake regularly, you can use a toothpick to test if the cake batter is cooked through.
  11. Push into the cake.
  12. The cake is ready if no batter is on your toothpick when taking it out.
  13. Enjoy!

You can substitute the oil with any other oil like avocado oil
You can add more sugar if you want a slightly sweeter cake. We like it not too sweet.

Baking is fun!

orange almond cake from the oven

I like to reheat a piece and add some salty butter and jam as it has a scone-y feel to it.

Thanks Jeana for your inspiration!

Love, Lonneke

Grapefruit up close

Perfect orange slices

Cooking is all about smart tricks. Since I know this trick, I eat much more fruit!

My favorite fruits peeled right

I love grapefruit and oranges, but I did not like to peel it, nor did I like the skin that would be left on the meat. So I learnt how to separate the segments of an orange!

How to peel an orange or grapefruit

See below chef Andrew Zimmern show you exactly how to take segments out of an orange! Just be very careful! ( It is a knife you are holding). But this is the way to get perfect orange slices:

Trust me it tastes so much better without the skin, and it makes you look like a good chef if you know how to do it!

My friend Maruja showed it to me first and I thought she was SO skilled back then, haha!

Love, Lonneke

Breakfast smoothie

Hello, lovely OYL readers! Today I want to share a breakfast smoothie. It contains fruits - for vitamins, leafy greens - for minerals and avocado - for fat (natural, high quality plant-based fat), which is a key ingredient for beautiful, glowing skin.

Breakfast Smoothie
Delicious smoothie for breakfast

Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

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  • 1 peeled orange
  • ½ pineapple
  • ½ cucumber (do not peel organic cucumber! skin contains essential minerals)
  • handful peppermint
  • handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup water

  1. Place orange, cucumber, pineapple and water in high speed blender.
  2. Blend till smooth consistency.
  3. Add kale, peppermint and avocado.
  4. Blend again.
  5. READY!



Pictures by Valentina Zelyaeva

First published on April 10 2012, updated in 2019

Orange peppers soup

My Orange Peppers soup was so good, I had to share it with you!

Low in calories, it is filling but also very tasty! And very simple to make too!

You can either use orange peppers, or some red and yellow that you will mix together.

Orange pepper soup!

Serves: 4

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  • 4 orange peppers
  • basil
  • organic cream or olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper

  1. Just cook some washed peppers in water until they are under water, with some oil and salt.
  2. Add some seasoning you like in it. Or some dried herbs. like oregano or basil.
  3. When the peppers are cooked, take a blender and blend it all together.
  4. Taste it. If you think it needs to be more solid, you can add some organic cream, or olive oil.
  5. Add some more pepper on top, and add fresh basil for flavor and for the look of it.

Et voila!

Really easy and super tasty!

(Of course you can also make this soup with any other color of peppers. Just because I am Dutch I prefer the orange ones, especially for April 30th Queens Day or to support the Dutch team when they are in a World Championship or at the Olympic Games! ;) )

Post workout smoothie

I made a beautiful yummy smoothie!

My post-workout smoothie

My smoothie contains KALE – for an extra boost of Vitamin K, beta carotene, Vitamin C and fiber- NECTARINES – good source of vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants - and ORANGE – good source of Vitamin A and C, sodium, pectin and anti- cancer flavonoids.


Post workout smoothie
a replenishing post workout smoothie

Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 1

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  • 2 Stalks of kale, washed
  • 1 Orange, cut and without skin
  • 2 Nectarines cut and without pit
  • 1 Banana without skin
  • 1 cup of water

  1. Put all ingredients in blender


Carrot Orange Cucumber juice

When I opened the fridge this morning I found a bag of carrots, oranges and a lonely cucumber laying inside. So, I made a healthy yummy juice for myself!

Don't waste

It got me thinking, that you can always come up with a great and tasty meals using what's left in you fridge. Don't waste! If you have to travel for a few days, make a soup of all the veggies the night before. You can always freeze it and eat later.

Just juice everything and enjoy!

Love, Val