Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Chocolate Cake / Cupcakes
Combine Dry Ingredients in a bowl and set aside:
1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder (yes, they really put aluminum in many baking powders!)
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/3 cup cacao powder or natural non-alkalized cocoa powder
In blender puree and set aside:
2/3rd package or 9 oz of date paste or 3 ½ cups pitted dates, divided (½ cup cut into small pieces and set aside)
1 ½ cups water
1 cup unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained
1 banana (peeled)
2 organic apples, cored and cut into pieces or 12oz of unsweetened, apple sauce
In Food Processor with shredding wheel attachment, process and set aside:
- 1 large beet
- 3 Large Carrots or 13oz of Shredded Carrots
Mix in large bowl:
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean powder or alcohol-free vanilla extract (optional 1 cup dried raisins
- 1 cup chopped , raw, unsalted, walnuts
- 1/ 4 cup ground chia (optional)
- 1/ 4 cup hemp seed (optional)
Add dry ingredients, ingredients from food processor and combine with a large spoon.
Spread mixture in a 9.5″ X 13.5″ nonstick baking pan or line your baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Freezes well (cut cake into small pieces prior to freezing). Freeze in airtight container.
You can quickly defrost a cupcake or piece of cake in the microwave for about 20 seconds (time varies, depending on power of microwave and size of cake).
Questions from our fans:
Q: The cupcake / cake recipe also calls for walnuts. If I don’t want to use nuts, should I just leave those out or do I need to replace them with something else?
A: You can leave them out if you would like.
Q: Approximately how large are the carrots or how many ounces might that be if I bought a bag of shredded carrots?
A: Shredded carrots is a great idea! 13 oz.
Q: Also, in the YouTube Video, Rick mentioned including zucchini. Would I do that in addition to the carrots and beets or instead of one or the other?
A: A small zucchini can be added if you use about 10 oz shredded carrots.
Q: In your YouTube video, Rick cooked the mini muffins for 40 min. If I’m cooking a normal sized muffin or using a cake pan, should they still cook for 1 hour or less than that?
A: The cook time is about the same depending on your oven. We stick a toothpick in to see if it is too moist. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done.
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