20-Minute Jaffa (Chocolate Orange Cake)

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Our orange tree at home is thriving! And the oranges are super sweet..So I got creative and made this healthy chocolate orange cake to enjoy with a cup of tea on a dreary Melbourne afternoon. This slice is flavored by the sweetness of the orange and doesn’t need any sugar!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

While one large egg contains 213 mg of cholesterol, accounting for 2/3 of the recommended daily limit, scientists have learned saturated fat has a much bigger effect on blood cholesterol than dietary cholesterol. Like milk, eggs contain the highest biological value or gold standard for protein, with each egg loaded with 75 calories, 7 g of high quality protein, 5 g fat and 1.6 g saturated fat, iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. Cocoa powder is the mixture remaining after cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. With no additional sugar added to the mix, it can be useful to add the desired chocolate flavor without the unnecessary calories and fat. Each cup of cocoa powder contains 1311 g of potassium, which is an essential mineral found in plants that regulates sodium levels, blood pressure and heartbeat.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

20-Minute Jaffa (Chocolate Orange Cake)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 cup nuts (I used cashews, almonds would work well)
1 cup oats
1 cup desiccated coconut (or 3/4 cup coconut flour)
zest of 1 orange
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sultanas (dates would work well)
1/2 cup orange juice (2 oranges)
2 eggs

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
2. Mix all ingredients except eggs together in a food processor until mixture forms a biscuity looking dough which can be pressed between fingers.
3. Add eggs, blend until smooth.
4. Press into lined baking tin (a small tin, you want the slice to be at least 1 cm thick).
5. Bake for 15 mins.
6. Allow to cool a little and cut into squares or bars.
This slice tastes great when warm with a nice cup of tea!
Optional: Top with melted chocolate and a little orange rind
To make this recipe PALEO:
Replace oats with 1 cup other nuts OR 3/4 cup almond flour
To make this recipe NUT FREE:
Replace nuts with 1 cup oats OR 3/4 cup any flour
To make this recipe VEGAN:
Soak the nuts for 1 hour before blending
Add 2 tbsp flax seed
Additional juice may be required to moisten mixture

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). 2. Mix all ingredients except eggs together in a food processor until mixture forms a biscuity looking dough which can be pressed between fingers. 3. Add eggs, blend until smooth. 4. Press into lined baking tin (a small tin, you want the slice to be at least 1 cm thick). 5. Bake for 15 mins. 6. Allow to cool a little and cut into squares or bars. This slice tastes great when warm with a nice cup of tea! Optional: Top with melted chocolate and a little orange rind To make this recipe PALEO: Replace oats with 1 cup other nuts OR 3/4 cup almond flour To make this recipe NUT FREE: Replace nuts with 1 cup oats OR 3/4 cup any flour To make this recipe VEGAN: Soak the nuts for 1 hour before blending Add 2 tbsp flax seed Additional juice may be required to moisten mixture

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 245; Total Fat: 16 g; Saturated Fat: 7 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 46 mg; Sodium: 28 mg; Potassium: 270 mg; Carbohydrate: 21 g;  Fiber: 6 g; Sugar: 3 g; Protein: 9 g
Nutrition Bonus:
 Vitamin C: 15%; Iron: 11%; Calcium: 6%; Vit A: 3%;
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