Chocolate Cake (vegan)

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I wanted to create a vegan chocolate cake, that tastes like real chocolate and is not as unhealthy as they usually are. Because of my father is a cancer patient, I wanted to make it low sugar, so I use only 100 g sugar for the batter.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

​​Cocoa powder offers a wealth of antioxidants, essential in battling free radicals linked to cancer​ ​​and other chronic illnesses. It’s also one of the best dietary sources of magnesium — to maintain healthy nerves, muscles and bones​; as well as sulfur — for skin, hair and nail health.

Increase the nutrient density of this lower-sugar cake by replacing half or more of the regular flour with a lighter whole grain option, like whole wheat pastry, white whole wheat, or even gluten-free all-purpose blend or oat (certified GF) flours. Thanks to the high flavor combo of cacao* and dark chocolate, the swap will be negligible. If you're watching fat, try replacing the oil with 3/4 the original amount with plain low-fat Greek yogurt.

*Note: Substitute unsweetened cocoa powder if you can't find cacao, and aim for a dark chocolate with at least 65% cacao.

By Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN
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Chocolate Cake (vegan)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons cacao powder

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 packet vanilla sugar*

1 3/4 cups water

1/2 cup oil of choice

1 3.5 ounce bar of dark chocolate (melted)

 

*make your own by combining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract plus 1 teaspoon white sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, cacao, baking powder and vanilla sugar in bowl of stand mixer, or whisk together in medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in water, oil and chocolate until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Pour the batter into a spring-form pan and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out smooth.
Combine flour, sugar, cacao, baking powder and vanilla sugar in bowl of stand mixer, or whisk together in medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix in water, oil and chocolate until a smooth batter forms. Pour the batter into a spring-form pan and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out smooth.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 453; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 17g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 644mg; Potassium: 202mg; Carbohydrate: 59g; Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 29g; Protein: 7g

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron:10%

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