Healthy chocolate cake?? Umm, yes please! Bet you never thought you’d hear those words together in a sentence. But yep, healthy chocolate cake is totally possible. Here’s how!
Healthy chocolate cake
Now, we know that healthy to one person may be a bit different from what another person defines as healthy. While to one person a healthy chocolate cake may be one that’s simply 100% whole ingredients (ie. something you bake at home and not a boxed cake mix or store bought chocolate cake), to another, “healthy” can mean something entirely different, like a low calorie cake, one that doesn’t contain sugar, or one that is low fat. So we’ve included substitutions to accommodate whatever your diet may be!
-1.5 cups of all purpose flour (subs: use a gluten free 1-to-1 baking mix, or a whole grain flour. For lower carbs sub ¼ of the flour for oat fiber)
-1 cup of maple syrup (subs: use a non-calorie sweetener of choice, such as monk fruit for a low calorie or lower carb version)
-¼ cup of cacao powder (this is basically cocoa powder but has not been treated at high temperatures, thus retaining more healthy benefits. If you don’t have it, cocoa powder can be substituted)
-1 tsp of baking soda
-1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
-6 Tbsp of avocado oil or olive oil (subs: to make low fat, use equivalent amount of applesauce)
-1 cup of water
-⅛ tsp fine sea salt (this doesn’t add much sodium but you can leave it out if you want)
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8 inch round cake pan by greasing it or lining with parchment paper. Mix together all dry ingredients in one big bowl. In a medium bowl combine all wet ingredients. Slowly add in the wet ingredients to the bowl containing the dry ingredients, mixing as you go. Pour the batter into your cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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