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Monday, January 7, 2013

JackFruit Coffee Cake

After walking past the cans of jackfruit a zillion times at the Asian markets, I finally gave in and threw it in the cart. I thought I had grabbed jackfruit in brine(for savory cooking, "meaty" texture and is often added to vegan dishes)but I had grabbed the jackfruit in syrup. This is not a fruit Abby has tried so was a little nervous.

The flavor is good and different. pineapple, apricot, blueberry a lot familiar flavors mixed into one fruit.

If you are like most of America you haven't tried this fruit yet, you really ought to get a can, it is just that good. Abby is picky and she said this was immediately a flavor she loves.

A little info on the Jackfruit-via Fruits Info site.


Jackfruits are rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. It aids the bowel movement and prevents constipation.


Vitamin A helps in maintaining a healthy eye and good vision. Vitamin A in Jackfruit helps in your dose of requirement needed for your eyes. Jackfruit has anti-aging properties, which makes the skin appear young by slowing down the cells degeneration.


The high iron content in this exotic fruit helps to prevent anemia and helps in proper blood circulation in your body.


Jackfruits are also rich in phytonutrients like lignans, isoflavones and saponins which have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. These phytonutrients can help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals from the body and slow down the degeneration of cells that leads to degenerative diseases thus providing you protection against cancer.


The Jack fruit contains Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant which is beneficial for vision. The vitamin is also known for maintaining the health of the skin and the mucous membranes and for boost up the function of the immune system.


Copper plays an important role in thyroid metabolism especially in hormone production and absorption and jackfruit has essential micromineral.


Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus). In some patients, jackfruit is a Bet v 1 (birch pollen allergen)-related food allergy.

JackFruit CoffeeCake


For the Batter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups gluten free flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sugar

1 can jackfruit in syrup(save the syrup for a smoothie! YUM!)
1/4 cup coconut yogurt(greek style)

For the Glaze
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
enough coconut milk to make thick glaze.


Heat oven to 350°F. Oil a 7, 8 or 9-inch round cake or pie pan.

In the large bowl of your mixer, mix together eggs and sugar on medium-low, or whisk by hand.
Add melted coconut oil in a little bit at a time, add vanilla and milk; mix again on medium-low.
Add flour,baking powder, and soda and beat until smooth.
Reserve about 2/3 cup of batter. Spread just enough batter/dough to cover the bottom of the prepared pan.

Drain jackfruit. Place jackfruit in food processor(I used my ninja)a process till chunky. Mix in 1/4 cup coconut yogurt.

Drop 1/2 tablespoons of jackfruit mix over batter and spread as much as possible.
Drop the remaining batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the top of the filling and spread a bit for some of the spoonfuls to meet, leaving a bit of jackfruit mix showing.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick clean in the center. Cover with foil if it becomes too brown.

Glaze- while coffee cake is baking mix powder sugar, vanilla extract and a bit of coconut milk to make glaze, top coffee cake with glaze when done baking and still warm. Top with toasted coconut if wanted.

Serve warm. Store leftovers covered. Refrigerate if not using right away within a couple of days.

NOTE: This coffee cake recipe is great with any filling. We have filled with prepared pear or peach filling. Any jam etc. But, I really hope you try the JackFruit- it is AMAZING!!!


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