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Super Healthy Paleo Chocolate Cake

Updated on October 1, 2013
5 stars from 2 ratings of Paleo Chocolate Cake

Delicious and Healthy

I have just made the most delicious healthy chocolate cake. This cake is gluten free, dairy free, suitable for a Paleo diet and even has hidden veggies! It is made with honey instead of sugar and olive oil instead of butter or margarine. Instead of normal unhealthy processed white flour it uses coconut flour. I have made a similar cake before using sugar and white flour and I can honestly say this version is moister and tastier- this does not usually happen when I experiment with healthy versions of stuff so I am very impressed.


Using this recipe you could make one big cake or two smaller cakes. I made it with two smaller cakes and filled the middle with whipped coconut cream and strawberries and blackberries. On top I simply melted some dark chocolate in a pan and poured it on top. However- if you want something quick and easy this works fine as a simple cake and is certainly tasty enough to stand alone.

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 16

Ingredients for the Cake

  • 2 cups/600g Beetroot, cooked
  • 1/2 cup/ 50g Coconut Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup/ 120 ml Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup/ 50g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Ingredients for the Filling

For the Whipped Coconut Cream

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of xylitol *

* Note if you prefer you can use agave nectar or maple syrup but do not use honey as the digestive enzymes will break down your cream

Fruit

  • Handful of strawberries- quartered
  • Handful of blackberries

Ingredients for the Topping

  • 75g 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

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Mix beetroot mix into flour mixPour the mixture into two cake tins and bake for 35 minutesWhisk your coconut milk for 5-10 minutesMelt your chocolate over a pan of hot water
Mix beetroot mix into flour mix
Mix beetroot mix into flour mix
Pour the mixture into two cake tins and bake for 35 minutes
Pour the mixture into two cake tins and bake for 35 minutes
Whisk your coconut milk for 5-10 minutes
Whisk your coconut milk for 5-10 minutes
Melt your chocolate over a pan of hot water
Melt your chocolate over a pan of hot water

Method

  1. Make the cakes first.
  2. Blend your cooked beetroot in a food processor. You can bake your beetroots yourself or buy them already cooked from the shops- don't use pickled beetroot though, that won't be nice!
  3. Add the olive oil and eggs and blend this should turn the mixture a bright pink colour.
  4. Add the honey and blend again until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Add the salt, baking powder and honey and blend again until all ingredients are combined. .
  6. In a bowl mix the coconut flour and cocoa together.
  7. Create a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the beetroot mix
  8. Stir well until all the mixture is combined together.
  9. Pour into a lined or greased baking tin- two if you are making two and bake in an oven at 180 C for 35 minutes.
  10. While the cakes are baking make your whipped cream.
  11. Open your can of coconut milk and separate the thick cream from the watery milk.
  12. Pour the thick cream in a bowl and stir in vanilla extract and xyltiol.
  13. Whisk for 5-10 minutes- You can use an electric whisk for ease and time but by hand works just as well
  14. Once the cream is whipped you can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the cake
  15. When you are ready to assemble the cake melt your chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan.

Assembling the Cake

1- Put the whipped cream on top of the first cake

2- Arrange your strawberries and blackberries on top of the cream

3- Place the second cake on top

4- Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the second cake, allowing bits to drip down the side for effect


That's it. This is a truly yummy cake that all the family can enjoy. It is special enough to make as a birthday cake too. Hope you enjoy!

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Cover first cake in whipped coconut creamArrange fruit on top of whipped creamPlace second cake on top and cover with melted chocolate
Cover first cake in whipped coconut cream
Cover first cake in whipped coconut cream
Arrange fruit on top of whipped cream
Arrange fruit on top of whipped cream
Place second cake on top and cover with melted chocolate
Place second cake on top and cover with melted chocolate
Nutrition Facts
Calories 198
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 7 g
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 29 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your recipe is making me hungry now

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      Paul Edmondson 3 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I've been doing a paleo diet on and off the last couple of months. Sweets seems to be my downfall. I need to give these types of desserts a shot. Thanks for sharing.

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      ha ha peachpurple me too!

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Paul this paleo version of chocolate cake is just as good if not better than standard cakes- I love it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This indeed looks delicious and healthy! The recipe looks tempting with its rich chocolate colour.

      Thanks for sharing the details!

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are very welcome- thanks for stopping by!

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      Dilawar Shah 3 years ago from Karachi

      yummy....

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      This looks really good. Though I am not on the Paleo diet, I do try to avoid sugar and limit wheat. I have never seen coconut flour so I wonder if almond flour would work as well?

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm honestly not sure- you can buy coconut flour from Holland and Barrett but it is pricey £6 for 500g- that said it goes a long way. I know you wouldn't be able to do a straight swap for almond flour as coconut flour needs more wet ingredients

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a remarkable recipe. Finally, a healthy chocolate cake. Thanks!

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are most welcome rebeccamealey!

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      Wow beetroot! I never thought that it can be incorporated to make a cake. I'd try this. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yeah beetroot is great for chocolate cake- it makes it really moist!

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      This looks so good and is healthy. I shall make it, taste it and see. Thank you.

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Enjoy baking!

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you- good luck with your fast

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Wow!!! I want some - right now. I am going to print out this recipe and try it. I love beetroot but have never tried it in a cake before.

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      Wasteless Project 3 years ago from Worldwide

      Wow Meg,

      I had no idea I could whip coconut cream... I now have to figure out if I can do that with a thick version of my home-made coconut milk - that would be amazing!

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      Meg Moon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yeah it's pretty cool-let me know if you can do it with your homemade stuff

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      Dilawar Shah 3 years ago from Karachi

      wow deliciouz

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