Olive Oil Persimmon Cake & Hanukkah GIVEAWAY!

Happy Hanukkah to our loyal Meat Your Vegetables readers! We have an exciting Hanukkah giveaway (see details below on how to enter), but before I provide those details, let’s talk food! This year, I have a slightly non-traditional recipe for Hanukkah, my Olive Oil Persimmon Cake. Before this recipe came together, of course I was brainstorming some new latke or sufganiyot recipes, but then I thought about doing something a little different, and EASIER, might I add.

This cake is so simple, just a few ingredients like coconut flour, eggs, olive oil (of course) and diced persimmons. It’s the perfect cake for those who don’t like desserts that are too-sweet. And if you’re like me and don’t want to patshke with the thought of making homemade sufganiyot, this cake will do the trick. This cake is not only gluten free, but it’s dairy-free too, so go ahead and serve it with some parve iced cream, after you’ve devoured your brisket.

Olive oil is the obvious choice for a cake here, since olive oil is symbolic in the miracle of Hanukkah! Using the olive oil also keeps the cake from drying out. But now, let’s talk about the humble persimmon. Personally, I think they’re underrated and not utilized as much as these beautiful orange fruit should be. I love that persimmons are becoming more mainstream in some kosher cookbooks lately, like “Sababa” from Adeena Sussman and “Peas, Love and Carrots” from Danielle Renov.

Introducing, Persimmons

Persimmons are a fruit that is typically in season from September through December and are common in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. There are different types of persimmons – the “fuyu” which is a firm, more squat kind of tomato-looking fruit. The “hachiya” variety have a more pointy-shape and are are eaten when they’re ripe or overripe.

You’re probably wondering what these strange fruits taste like? They fuyu variety cuts like an apple but tastes like a cross between a mango and a sweet bell pepper with almost a hint of cinnamon. And that’s exactly why I add cinnamon to this cake to bring out those flavors. There’s a rich and tangy sweetness yet mild flavor to these orange gems. For this recipe, I use the fuyu variety and kept the skins on. I love this variety for slicing into salads and it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Persimmons also are loaded with vitamins A and B and have a good amount of fiber too!

I often find persimmons in my local grocery store but if you can’t find them, or just don’t feel too adventurous to try a weird new fruit, go ahead and use apples, or pears for this cake. Both would be delicious!

Hanukkah Giveaway!

Last but certainly not least, here are details about our 2020 HANUKKAH GIVEAWAY! We are raffling off a HUGE bag of kitchen and home goodies, call it our #COVIDKitchenSurvivalKit.
Some of the gifts included are: an apron, cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, a beautiful bamboo serving set, and a tumbler autographed by Food Network chef Robert Irvine!  The raffle will be open until Wednesday, at midnight CST, before the last day of Hanukkah, so be sure to enter before then.
Click the link below to enter!

Good luck, and have a Chag Hanukkah Sameach!

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Olive Oil Persimmon Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 Fuyu Persimmons, diced Use apples or pears instead!
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F and grease a 9" springform cake pan

  2. Add the dry ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and set aside

  3. Crack the eggs in a large bowl and beat on medium speed with an hand mixer until tripled in size

  4. Add in the olive oil and slowly add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and beat on slow speed until fully mixed

  5. Add in the diced persimmon and mix

  6. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean

  7. Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar and serve at room temp, with or without ice cream!


Lemon Coconut Almond Cake

Lemon Coconut Almond Cake!

Happy Sunday and hope you all are enjoying a great Memorial Day weekend! Even though tomorrow is most commonly a day of BBQ’s, beach and a day off, we observe this day to remember and honor the fallen who have served our country so bravely.  Just some food for thought on this holiday weekend… 🙂

No lacking of deliciousness here

And now, back to the food!  I’m always looking to create easy recipes and this Lemon Coconut Almond Cake would be a perfect ending to your picnic or BBQ – maybe even with some dairy-free vanilla ice cream on top!  It’s pretty clear that I LOVE this combination of lemon and coconut (hopefully you’re not sick of it yet)! I love that this cake is dairy-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly and no special equipment required.  Just a mixing bowl, a pie pan and an oven.  And while it may be hot and sticky where you are (though it’s been chilly and rainy here in Chicago since, uh, March) yes this recipe requires baking, but don’t worry, I have plenty more summer-friendly no-bake recipes coming your way soon!

The “M” word

Now, the only way to really describe how delicious this cake is, is to use the “M” word.  My family is probably laughing hysterically reading this, but you know… that word that starts with “m” as you describe the non-dryness of cake?  Honestly, it’s my least favorite word, but I get it – there’s just no other word that truly describes the inside of the cake (words like “drenched” or “water-logged” are hilariously no-go’s for the description), but here goes nothing.  This cake is moist.  There, I said it!  (ugh shake it off, Rachel, just shake it off…)

Husband approval?

I like to have my husband try out my recipes, especially gluten-free goodies, because he’s definitely not without his opinions.  Usually, gluten-free baked goods can be crumbly and dry, but this is quite the opposite!  It has a sweet, crunchy topping, almost like a glaze because of the caramelized sugar on top and the cake holds together quite nicely – so much so that you can pick it up and eat it with your hands!

Easy peasy, lemon cake squeezy!

I found a version of this recipe in a keto cookbook by Warrior Made I have, but I like the addition of the lemon extract, instead of the almond extract (or use vanilla if you have that on hand). As my husband said, “the lemon gives it a nice tartness but not too overpowering”.  Holla, I’ll take that compliment!

Don’t have any extract on hand?  Use fresh lemons instead!  Out of coconut oil?   Use real butter if you have it!  And if you use butter, maybe serve this for Shavuot instead of your BBQ, since the dairy version would be a perfect, lighter ending to your Shavuot meal.  Not that there is anything wrong with ending a meal with cheesecake. 🙂

Enjoy!  And Happy Weekend ya’ll!

PS – want to try some similar recipes? Check out my lemon blueberry crumb cake on my other blog, riskyveggie!


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Lemon Coconut Almond Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 3/4 cup Almond flour
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon extract
  • 2/3 cup Sugar (or sugar substitute like Swerve)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil, melted
  • 1/8 cup Brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute, like Swerve)
  • 1/8 cup Sliced almonds
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.

  2. Grease a 9-inch pie pan and line with parchment paper

  3. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except the brown sugar sweetener and sliced almonds and stir until combined and no lumps remain

  4. Pour the batter into the pan

  5. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar sweetener and sliced almonds together and sprinkle on top

  6. Bake for 35-40 min, or until golden brown

  7. Let the cake cool for about 20 minutes, slice and serve. Would be delish with vanilla ice cream!