Coconut Pound Cake Recipe

Permanent Title & Coconut Pound Cake

Galatians 4:5 (erv)

God did this so that he could buy the freedom of those who were under the law. God’s purpose was to make us his children.

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Yesterday, we talked a little about identity, and where we find it. Today’s topic is something similar; titles. What titles do you have? Maybe they’re self-appointed, or maybe they were earned. Some might revolve around your education, and others around your career. Some may have come from intentional choices, while others resulted from the choices of others. However you attained these titles, chances are, they’ve become a part of who you are.

But what happens when those titles get ripped away? Does that take away the meaning behind the title? Or the good that came from that title? If an alcoholic celebrates 10 years sober, and then slips up one night, does that take away his 10 years of sobriety? If I attained a nursing license and chose not to practice nursing, does that take away my hard work and license? If a vegetarian finds themselves in a situation where they eat choose to/have to eat meat, does that mean they’re no longer a vegetarian?

We’re an all or nothing society; we live for attaining titles and statues and identities, and yet, we’re so eager to tear them away from ourselves and others as soon as we think we see a reason for it. We’re hard on ourselves and hard on others. We assume that a mistake, an error in judgement, a mess-up means that we’re out; that our title is gone.

But here’s the thing that makes Jesus different (among so many other things): He doesn’t pull back the titles and identities we’ve been given. When we accept Jesus into our lives, it’s forever. There’s no conditions or contracts that we must abide by. We didn’t have to wait to be accepted based on our behaviors with the understanding that we have to maintain a certain level of “good” to stay in the club.

Of course God’s desire for us is to grow in love, understanding, maturity, and to do so by staying connected to Him at all times. But He also made a point to let us know that our salvation and the love we receive isn’t based on our achievements, they’re based on His. Because of that, our titles are secure, no matter how many times we make a mistake or fall off the wagon.

When you decided to become a follower of Jesus, you were given a name title, a new identity, and a label that won’t ever peal off. You’re His.

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Do you ever feel like you’ve done something “bad enough” to rip away your title of God’s Child? If so, spend time reflecting on the following verses and write about what God reveals to you.

Psalm 103:10-12
John 3:16
John 10:28
Ephesians 1:7
1 John 1:9
1 John 2:1

Pray

For reassurance of your title as “Child of God”.

Coconut Pound Cake

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 9 Slices

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of choice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (carton)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat/spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Glaze (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Place coconut on parchment paper and bake for 3 minutes
  4. Move coconut around slightly and bake for an additional 3 minutes or until toasted
  5. Set coconut off to the side
  6. In a bowl, combine eggs, apple sauce, coconut milk, greek yogurt, extracts, and sweetener if it's in liquid form
  7. Mix until smooth
  8. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, 1/2 of the toasted coconut, and sweetener in granulated form
  9. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined
  10. Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour batter into the pan
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  12. While cake is baking, combine powdered sugar and almond milk and mix until smooth
  13. If glaze isn't the proper consistency, continue to add almond milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time while stirring until you reach desired consistency
  14. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes
  15. Spread glaze across the top and sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut
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Tips & Tools

This bread is delightful with the glaze, but if you’d prefer to leave it off, it’s great without it too! If you choose not to glaze it, you can cut the amount of shredded coconut in half and add all of it directly into the batter.

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