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Healthy Chocolate Cake / Cupcakes

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Serves: 16
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


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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 1 1/2 cups pitted dates *if you use the optional raisins, below, only use 1 1/2 cups of dates
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.

Or put in a silicone muffin tray or a standard muffin tray with standard size silicone muffin cups. I like to make mini cupcakes with a mini silicone muffin tray.

Bake for 1 hour @350 degrees F. or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool. Frost with Chocolate Nut Icing or No Nut Icing and enjoy!

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).

Frost with Chocolate Nut Frosting or Chocolate Icing – No Nuts!

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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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Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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