Hello! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!! Wishing you a year filled with good health, peace, positive energy, joy, laughter and lots of learning! For me, 2016 has been a year of learning, questioning, finding peace and acceptance with my career path, life and health. I 2017 welcome with open arms, ready to take up new challenges, improve my knowledge, get physically and mentally strong, make new lasting relationships, love and share unconditionally and challenge my skills and creativity! I have no one resolution to make but to continue with this wisdom of looking at the bigger picture of my life, realising that nothing is very important, not to forget living when chasing short term goals , to appreciate what I have than what I don’t have and finally learn to compliment more than criticise.
On that note I bring to you the most exciting and successful dessert recipe of mine, this healthy chocolate cake. I have been meaning to make a healthy chocolate cake since ages. I wanted it to be made with the addition of beetroot for added antioxidants, fibre and flavour. I wanted it to be gluten free in the sense that I wanted to use more nutrient dense alternate flours and hence without any rice flour or starches. I also wanted it to be vegan, meaning not only dairy free but also egg free. As you can see, I set myself up to quite a challenge. A gluten free vegan sugar free healthy chocolate cake goes against all the basic principles in baking!
A few months ago I successfully created a healthy Vanilla cake base recipe with the recipe creations of my Naked Berry Cake and my Plum Crumble Cupcakes. This cake base was made healthy and gluten free using a combination of oat flour and almond flour. It was refined sugar free as I used coconut sugar. However even with various trials I could not make the cake completely vegan, i.e. without eggs and hence this cake recipe has eggs.
I however hadn’t given up up on the idea of a vegan, gluten free healthy cake. I came across Dana from the Minimalist Baker’s recipe for a pumpkin cake using Aquafaba. This hit me like a light bulb as perfect substitute for the eggs to use Aquafaba to make my healthy chocolate cake. Before I go further, let me explain to you what Aquafaba is. It is the brine or the water from cooked chickpeas, dried beans or tofu. It has a high level of protein content and when whisked vigorously, resembles the structure of whisked egg whites. Hence giving the lightness and air of eggs and transforming Vegan baking. I like to make my own Aquafaba using the water from soaked and cooked chickpeas or beans. You can also use the water from the tinned chickpeas. Read all about how to make your own Aquafaba in my notes below or go to the official website which tells you all about Aquafaba and the ways of using it.
Hence I am so happy to share this recipe for a healthy chocolate cake made gluten free, vegan and sugar free. I have used dates as a sweetener in this cake. I have also used a lot of cocoa powder for an intense chocolate flavour. I have used cooked beetroot as the base of this cake as beetroot is my favourite healthy vegetable to add into my meals. This cake due to all its healthy ingredients is quite dense and moist rather than a light springy shop bought cake. This is to be expected from the better for you ingredients. The taste however is very delicious and absolutely decadent! I have made this cake into an Occasion cake to celebrate the New Year. Hence I have created four layers. You can reduce the ingredients by half to make a simple two layer cake.
Finally for the frosting, which I am also very excited about, I made it with baked sweet potato as the base. This makes it wonderfully creamy and without the need to add any refined sugar. This is a completely guilt free frosting which will not give you any unnecessary sugar high or empty calories. Nutrient dense and packed with good for you ingredients, this healthy chocolate frosting will make your heart soar! I decorated the cake with raw chocolate and chocolate dipped strawberries & cherries. This is optional but tastes wonderful!
I hope you like the idea and recipe for my Healthy chocolate cake. Full of nutrition, vegetables and good fats, this cake will definitely make you happy without making you regret your healthy living goals! If you want to learn about more ideas of adding beetroot into your diet, you can read my other recipes for Healthy Beetroot granola or my Beetroot Smoothie bowl.
If you do recreate this recipe then I would so appreciate it if you would let me know how it turns out in the comments below. If you share it on Instagram then please do use the tag @meghnas_ and #meghnas so that I can appreciate your wonderful creations as well and re-share them on my account!