Healthy Goji Chocolate Cake

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Healthy chocolate cake?! Say what?! “No. You’re kidding me” I hear you say. But no, I assure you I am not. This chocolate cake is free from gluten and refined sugars, and tastes pretty darn good in my opinion! It also boasts an impressive list of nutritious ingredients that will make you feel good after eating it rather than that feeling of “I really shouldn’t have had that”- we all know that one!

Some of these ingredients may be a bit more hard to come by compared to the regular ‘eggs, sugar, butter and flour’ recipes, but if you shop around you should be able to find them soon enough 😉

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour mix (or you can use a plain flour mix and add appropriate quantities of baking powder)
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic)
  • 1/3 cup organic natural yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup apricot kernel oil (I haven’t tried substituting this for any other oil, but another oil such as coconut may work just as well)
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of water
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, you may need to add either 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. This is roughly what the batter should look like before you put it into the tins:

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The cake tin I used was 8.5 inches long, 4.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep

Bake for 160 degrees Celsius (320 Fahrenheit) for approximately 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean

Okay…now you’re about to be blown away as I unveil the ingredients of the icing. Please, just give this a chance and don’t run away screaming!

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Yep…you are seeing correctly- avocado. But trust me, you won’t be able to taste it. All it does (apart from giving you a wonderful dose of nutrients) is add a beautifully rich, ganache-like texture.

Don’t forget, you’ll need to wait until the cake cools before you ice it!

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of stevia (my stevia has a tiny spoon inside that measures the sweetness of approx. 1 teaspoon of sugar. I just used one of these. A little goes a long way!)
  • Optional: some goji berries for sprinkling on top!

Mix and mash together until well combined. Spread over the cake. Voila! You have healthy chocolate cake! Not so bad after all, is it? Hehe. 😛

I must admit to being a little over-eager when creating recipes. I don’t usually test them twice; I just write the quantities down as I go along and then get online and post it! So please, if you do try this out and have any comments or suggestions, PLEASE let me know!

Have a happy, healthy day 🙂

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