This Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Cake is gluten-free, refined-sugar free, contains no butter or oil, can be dairy-free and even Vegan! Only 7 ingredients needed, and it is EXACTLY like a conventional chocolate cake – even you won’t be able to tell!
As you probably know, healthy eating often involves finding healthy substitutes for things that are usually unhealthy. Unfortunately, those substitutes often just don’t quite live up to the original food.
I’ve made various healthy versions of cakes in the past – sometimes using buckwheat flour instead of normal flour, or maple syrup instead of sugar, even avocado instead of butter. But you could always tell that they weren’t quite the same as a ‘normal’ cake. Whether they turn out too dry, or not sweet enough, too dense, weirdly coloured, or just downright disgusting, healthy substitutes aren’t generally as mouth-wateringly scrumptious as their unhealthy counterparts.
For example, if you were to make a cake for someone’s birthday, you can’t really give them a healthy version, because they would be able to tell straight away that it wasn’t a true cake, right? Especially when it’s people like my mum, who can tell whether it is a real cake from the first bite.
So when I decided to make a healthy chocolate cake – one that really tastes like a ‘proper’ chocolate cake – I certainly had my work cut out for me!
There were many attempts.
Substitutes I used instead of butter, sugar and flour included: nut butter, avocado, bananas, xylitol, honey, buckwheat flour, and cornflour. A few of the cakes I made were alright – usually a bit too dense or dry. One of them was actually good enough that I was able to use it as my parents’ anniversary cake! I used wholewheat self-raising flour, meaning it wasn’t gluten free. However, my mum still noticed it wasn’t quite right. “Slightly gritty.” She said. That would be the wholewheat flour then.
So for the next version, I found a chocolate cake recipe in an old cookbook from the back of a shelf and swapped out the ingredients for healthier alternatives.
Topping it with healthy chocolate frosting, I took some photos, then cut a slice each for my mum and sister – the supreme cake critics!
My fingers crossed, I handed them their slice of cake, without telling them it was healthy. I waited nervously as they ate the first bite…
So, the reaction?
My mum exclaimed “Are you going to tell me this is healthy?!”
“Er…yep.” I nodded.
“No way!” She stared in disbelief at the chocolate cake. “That’s your best cake yet!”
My sister looked up from the book she was reading, having scoffed the whole piece of chocolate cake. “Thanks Katie, that was a really nice cake!”
With the approval of my critics, I ate a piece of it myself.
Soft, spongy, chocolatey, and delicious. It couldn’t possibly be a healthy chocolate cake! But alas, it is…
I guarantee that once you’ve made this chocolate cake, you will never need to go back to a ‘proper’ chocolate cake again. Honestly. And that’s a pretty bold statement to make.
Of all the healthy cakes I’ve tried, this one sure takes the biscuit (well, takes the cake – the healthy cake😁)!
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