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Delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Cake | Natural Body Cafe

Delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Saturday, March 03, 2018

My hubby is currently my human experiment and at this point, he doesn’t even know it!

I follow an Autoimmune Protocol diet. So gluten & dairy are a big no-no for me. To be honest, I have lived this way for so long now that I don’t miss it at all. My Hubby, however, will eat pretty much whatever is put in front of him with nothing off limits. I do most of the cooking and haven’t suggested he follow the same diet because, as far as we know, he doesn’t have any triggers or allergies other than peanuts. That and the fact he would not be keen on the idea in any way what so ever. He does, however, suffer from asthma and, since we have been in the UK, it’s been considerably worse. So, I am testing some dietary changes to find out whether cutting down on Gluten will alleviate his symptoms…hence the experiment.

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? I don’t really have a sweet tooth anymore, but every now and again, I feel like something ‘naughty’. This recipe is perfect for those moments, with the added bonus that, even though it tastes naughty, it’s not!

Cacao is super rich in anti-oxidants and it has been claimed following various studies that, in moderation, dark chocolate can prevent disease due to its free radical fighting ability. Not only this, but the flavonoids it provides are attributed to better heart health due to the lowering of blood pressure, and better cognitive (brain) function.. So in short, what’s not to like?

Coconut flour isn’t actually ‘flour’ in the way we think of it. It is in fact dried coconut meat which has been ground up. It contains no grain, gluten or nuts which are common triggers for those suffering from any kind of sensitivities or digestive issues. It is also high in fibre, protein and healthy fats, which makes it the perfect replacement for anyone with Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, leaky gut and or nut allergies.

So, now that we know how awesome the ingredients are, let's get baking!


Ingredients:

  • 65g coconut flour – I am using the Coconut Merchants’ currently, however, there are lots of great brands available

     

     

  • 50g good quality unsweetened dark cocoa powder such as Lucy Bee’s, this is my favourite, it’s organic and tastes amazing!

     

     

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder – Doves Farm & Dr Oetker now do a gluten free range

     

     

  • A pinch of sea salt

     

     

  • 6 eggs – preferably organic

     

     

  • 170g sweetener – honey, maple syrup & agave are all good options

     

     

  • 125ml extra virgin olive oil

     

     

  • 125ml coconut milk – try to find one with a high coconut milk % as some are only 50% with added emulsifiers

How to:

  • Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl – Coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sea salt & can also add cinnamon for flavouring.

     

     

  • Then add the wet ingredients, coconut milk, olive oil, sweetener & eggs

     

     

  • Mix well until all ingredients are combined either by hand, or using a whisk, whichever you prefer

     

     

  • Place in the oven which has been preheated to 160℃/320℉ and cook for an hour

     

     

  • I will always check after about 45 mins to see how it’s doing, place a skewer through the centre to check how well the centre of the cake is cooked

     

     

  • Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool

This cake is delicious without a frosting, however since I am already making a delicious cake, why not go the whole hog?

  • I use a coconut butter base as a butter substitute and it’s fantastic. Again, The Coconut Merchant is a great brand, but there are many more out there also.

     

     

  • As far as measurements go, it depends how decadent you want your cake. Start with 1/2 a cup and you can always add to it if you want more.

     

     

  • Then add the powdered sugar a bit at a time, stir and keep adding until the frosting is the consistency you like. For this cake I used a vanilla flavouring, however, it can be chocolate or lemon, sooooo many options!

     

     

  • Cover your delicious cake with this yummy frosting and hey presto, it’s done

Enjoy & happy baking

Em

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