Almond Flour Lemon Cake with Holiday-Spiced Raspberry Coulis

This lemon almond cake is healthy enough to eat for breakfast but can easily be dressed up for dessert, Like I did this time. I otherwise like to to serve it plain, the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea! Either way, it’s a great gluten-free cake that you can have ready to pop in the oven in 15 minutes.

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  • 2 ½ cups lightly packed almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil + extra to grease pan



1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder and kosher salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract and lemon zest.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine.

5. Slowly fold in the ¼ cup olive oil.

6. Line an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper and coat lightly with olive oil.

7. Transfer the batter to the pan and spread evenly.

8. Place on a rack in the middle of your preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes (or until the cake is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean).

While the cake is in the oven, prepare the raspberry coulis. 

1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

2. Reduce heat to medium low; cook until sugar is dissolved, about 8 minutes.

Top cake with the coulis and enjoy!

Sachi Doctor

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Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.