Food & Wine

Department of Yes Please: Healthy Chocolate Cake


Robyn Youkilis is a wellness expert and health coach who has appeared everywhere from Redbook to the “Today Show.” Her approach is all about balance, and she’s learned the best waythrough experiencehaving overcome her own food issues as a young women. Her new book, “Go With Your Gut“, features recipes that are tasty and good for you. Here, in honor of National Cake Day, we’re sharing her rendition of chocolate cake! Go on… it’s healthy! 

Photo Credit: Ellen Silverman

Our version of a classic chocolate cake, created by my cooking assistant Gaby, contains all good-for-you ingredients without any gluten, refined sugars, or flours and nothing funky. There are a lot of steps in this recipe (which is why I didn’t originally include it in my book!) but it’s worth the work for a special occasion… like a Tuesday. After all, it’s still chocolate cake…

MAKES ONE 6-INCH CAKE

Ingredients:

  • FOR THE CAKE
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • FOR THE FROSTING
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • FOR THE GARNISH
  • Coconut flakes
  • Mint leaves
  • Strawberries, sliced

Instructions:

  1. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 6-inch springform cake pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, coconut palm sugar, baking soda, and sea salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla, and honey.
  5. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes.
  7. Let the cake cool completely, then cut it horizontally in half.
  8. To make the frosting: Spoon off only the cream from the cans of coconut milk.
  9. Whisk it and the maple syrup or coconut sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt together until smooth. Refrigerate until you’re ready to frost and serve the cake.
  10. Put the bottom layer of cake on a plate. Spread a layer of frosting on it. Top with the other half of the cake, finish frosting, and garnish.

Excerpt Courtesy of Kyle Books.

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