This gluten-free chocolate cake recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for nutrition and healthy eating on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
Baking is one of my passions and since I have a big sweet tooth, coming up with healthier options is always a must. That’s why this gluten-free chocolate cake is made with only all natural, nutrient-packed goodness. My recipe makes a moist and chocolaty dessert with just the right amount of sweetness. This cake will surely be a hit among your family and friends!
Almond flour is the primary flour in this recipe. It’s ground from blanched almonds for a very fine consistency. This low-carb baking option is loaded with 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. It contains no additives so the nutritional benefits come strictly from almonds. That’s why almond flour is also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, the antioxidant vitamin E, and minerals like calcium and iron.
The other gluten-free baking staple, brown rice flour, provides extra fiber and protein to this recipe. Although none of my family members have a gluten intolerance, I enjoy baking with gluten-free flours because they’re more nutrient-dense than all-purpose flour. Plus, they’re easy to use. I find that combining flours provides the ideal consistency and textures for my baked goods. This batter also works well for making cupcakes and muffins.
To achieve the full-bodied chocolate flavor, I added cacao powder to the batter. Cacao gives chocolate its rich nutritional benefits because it’s loaded with antioxidants, natural mood-boosters and magnesium. I also used coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. Unlike vegetable oils, which tend to be highly processed and contain excessive levels of omega-6 fatty acids, coconut oil is a healthy plant-based oil. Its medium-chain fatty acids can easily be broken down and converted to energy. Coconut oil is also a good source of lauric acid, which may boost the immune system.
Topped with chopped hazelnuts, this gluten-free chocolate cake makes an elegant dessert. Serve it at your next gathering or simply enjoy it for a weeknight treat. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare before going in the oven, so it’s the perfect healthy dessert to make when you’re running short on time. This cake is delectable without being overly sweet, and super easy to make. Enjoy!
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.