Nut-Free Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is hands down one of the yummiest nut free, paleo cakes you can make. It’s gooey and rich in the center, surrounded by tender chocolate cake.  Not that you ever need a reason to make someone you love including yourself a special treat, but this chocolate cake is certainly perfect for any occasion… and who doesn’t love chocolate.

Nut-free Chocolate Cake

Course: Dessert
Author: Healthy Comforts

Ingredients

  • 4 oz dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder (really brightens the chocolate flavor)
  • 1/8 tsp unrefined salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease either a mini muffin tray, ramekins or a decorative tray with coconut oil.
  • Melt the chocolate, coconut oil and maple syrup over a double boiler. Once melted allow mixture to come to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs, apple cider vinegar and vanilla together using a hand mixer, until frothy.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs and mix with a spatula.
  • Sift in the coconut flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Fill baking pan or ramekins 3/4 of the way and bake.

Notes

Bake time will depend on the pan you are using. My mini heart shaped pan only needed 6 minutes of bake time. You’ll want to take your cakes out while the center is still very soft, but firm around the edges. 
The combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar act as a leavening agent which helps the cakes to rise. It’s important here because we aren’t fully baking the cakes, to give it the gooey center… so they will fall a bit, but you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Even if the cakes bake fully, it's still a delicious chocolate cake!!

 

Healthy Comforts – A collection of over 150 recipes that are free from gluten, dairy, grains, soy and refined sugar. By Lena Ferrara, C.I. and Melinda Rapallo-Ferrara, MEd.

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