Tender, moist and flavourful Paleo Pumpkin Roll – a light and fluffy almond based cake filled with a simple cashew cream! | Gluten Free + Dairy Free
Happy almost Halloween!
Any fun plans lined up?
Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year we’ll be spending this weekend binge watching the new season of Stranger Things, carving pumpkins, and maybe making some more Harry Potter pumpkin juice to go along with this paleo pumpkin roll. If we’ve got time I’m also thinking another viewing of Hocus Pocus is in order for little holiday cheese. Good times!
But first things first – gotta make that pumpkin roll!
Pumpkin roll – whether they are paleo or not can sometimes be a little intimidating to master. Really though, with just a a little bit of patience and a gentle touch you’ll see that it’s really not as difficult as it looks.
And while the ingredient list here might look a little long it’s mostly made up of things you’ll already have on hand in your paleo kitchen: eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, sugar etc.
So deep breath….and let’s get into it!
How to Make: Paleo Pumpkin Roll
The base recipe here is actually based off of my pumpkin spice donuts I shared a few years back. Instead of baking these in donut tray you’ll need to spread this out evenly in a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan (affiliate link) so that this is flat and easy to roll up.
When it comes to your pan – size matters. I was able to snag my pan at a TK Maxx here in the UK but I noticed a lot of the pans I found onlinewere 10.25 x 15.25 inch. This size should still be alright to use but I wouldn’t recommend using any other sizes because I can’t guarantee it will come out as expected.
Preparing the cake itself is pretty straight forward. Just mix up your batter in one bowl and spread it out evenly onto your parchment lined jelly roll pan.
The tricky part comes after your cake comes out of the oven. After your pull it out of the oven you’ll need to roll up the cake while it’s still warm like you can see in the picture just above. Rolling up the cake while it’s still warm means that the cake will be able to cool down in the shape it will eventually be filled and rolled in which means it’s less likely to tear or break later. Once you’ve got it rolled up the first time it’s pretty easy going forward.
The filling comes together in minutes – just blend up your cashew cream ingredients together until it forms a thick, smooth cream. After your rolled up cake has completely cooled you can unroll and spread out your filling. Then just roll it back up and place it in the fridge to firm up for another hour.
While the total time to make this is over three hours the actual hands on prep time is really only about 20 or 30 minutes. You’ll need a little patience but it’s all worth it in the end when you can sit down with a slice of roll and a cup of coffee to enjoy along with it.
Don’t forget to tag @asaucykitchen if you try this Paleo Pumpkin Roll! You can also post your pictures to my facebook page!
Tender, moist and flavourful Paleo Pumpkin Roll - a light and fluffy almond based cake filled with a simple cashew cream! | Gluten Free + Dairy Free
- 1 1/2 cup | 150 grams almond flour
- 1/4 cup | 30 grams tapioca flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup | 50 grams coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons | 10 ml vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup | 175 grams pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons | 30 ml coconut oil, melted
- 2 cups | 285 grams cashews, soaked overnight in water
- 3 tablespoons | 45 ml maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons | 30 ml coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon | 15 ml lemon juice
Pre-heat oven to 375°F, 190° C.
Grease 10 x 15 inch jelly-roll pan and line it with parchment. Grease the parchment paper. Make sure to leave excess parchment hanging over the edges - this will make it easier to remove from the pan later. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and the eggs until combined.
Add the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and the spices to the bowl and stir until everything is fully incorporated. Stir in the melted coconut oil.
Spread the batter evenly into the lined pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when touched.
While the cake is still warm, carefully lift the parchment paper and place onto a clean, flat surface. Leave the parchment paper on and carefully roll the cake from the short end to the short end until it is rolled up. Transfer the rolled up cake to a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
Once the cake has cooled completely unroll and carefully spread the cashew filling over the top of the - leave a 1/2 inch border around the cake so that the filling doesn't spill out of the sides. Carefully roll the cake back up without the paper. Wrap up in plastic wrap to help it hold shape and place in the fridge for another hour to firm up before slicing and serving.
Add cashews, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil & lemon juice to a high powered blender and blitz until it becomes a thick, smooth consistency. Place in the fridge until you're ready to use.
Prep time includes cooling & firming up in the fridge after. Actual hands on prep time is closer to 20 minutes.