I made this wonderful flourless gluten-free dark chocolate cake recipe to celebrate 10 years of Joyous Health! Yes ...
Whenever we have a birthday, anniversary or a special event to celebrate, I make this cake. Or rather, "we" make this cake! In fact, for my last birthday, Walker and Vienna baked me this cake. My mom always makes it for birthdays too with her own Ma McCarthy spin on it.
She made this recipe for me for the first time about 6 years ago and I was hooked ever since. I've made some updates to it over the years based on ingredients I have on hand but this recipe is tried and true.
I decided to create a recipe video of it too just because I just love it so much!
As I mentioned in my video, holy TEMPEH (!!!), it's been a decade since I wrote my first official blog post. How did that happen?!
Thank you so much for being a reader of the blog, whether you're brand new here, you've just stumbled over here from Youtube or Instagram, or you've been here since the early days. I am grateful for you, my community!
You guys have inspired me so much on this journey. I love your ideas, questions and comments. It inspires me to write, continue learning and share my love of natural health.
I love this cake because not only is it flourless, but it's packed with quinoa – two whole cups! That means it's got protein and fibre. Not your typical cake right? I find this cake nice and sweet as is so I don't use icing because truthfully, it doesn't need it. But if you'd like to add icing, you're welcome to! I personally like to serve it with fresh fruit and coconut yogurt.
It's best if you blend up the mixture in a food processor or blender. Both work well, but I recommend you do process it using either of those options to get a nice smooth texture.
This cake is super moist and almost fudgey-like. The extra-virgin olive oil and quinoa help with the moistness which is essential for a cake! It's pretty amazing that there is ZERO dairy from cream! Dairy-containing cream is usually what gives a chocolate cake that memorable richness, but you'll discover that you don't even need it in this recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
In case you've made past versions of this cake, you'll be happy to know that this is the BEST version! I just made a few updates to it. See my notes below for more additional options.
*You can also use melted coconut oil.
**You can use cocoa powder if you like.
***I use the Enjoy Life brand because it's dairy/soy/gluten-free.
More delicious options:
If you're a parent and you're wondering if this cake is safe for little ones. I would suggest that a toddler can have a small amount but for a child under 2 years old it's best to avoid any added sugars whether natural or not.
The reason is that babies and children under two eat so little calorie wise that you don't want them getting the majority of their calories from a cake. Plus, raw cacao can be a little bit stimulating. So even though we give this to Vienna (she's 3.5 years), she only gets a small amount.
A good way to test out raw cacao with a little one is to try these Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (there's chocolate chips) or these Sexy Maca Balls which are actually one of my ALL TIME most popular recipes on Joyous Health!!
I hope you love this cake as much as my family does and it becomes a celebratory cake for all your special occasions!!
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