Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
This is the perfect way to indulge with a delicious blend of super foods. My Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is power packed with antioxidants to boost energy and promote wellbeing. Smooth and sophisticated my chocolate cake is moist and decadent and rich in antioxidants and heart healthy essential fatty acids that promote good health. This flourless chocolate cake takes just a few minutes to mix up and it’s perfect for impromptu dinner parties, picnics or just because you feel like some lush chocolate therapy. Serve topped with ganache or top generously with my healthy chocolate mousse.
What’s good about it:
Cocoa is one of the highest known antioxidant foods on the planet. Rich in magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavonoid content of cocoa has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cocoa contains theobromine that boost endorphins and give you that pleasurable sensation similar to the high people get after exercise.
I adore the versatility of olive oil. It is a lovely heat-stable and all-purpose oil that’s great for most cooking purposes including sautéing and baking, as well as making the most delicious dressings. Olive oil has some unique qualities that make it stable under cooking conditions, and provided you’re buying high-quality olive oil to begin with, you can sauté to your heart’s content. There are two reasons why olive oil outperforms other vegetable oils when it’s heated. First, it contains polyphenols and tocopherols, which act to protect the oil from oxidation; second, it’s made up of mostly mono-unsaturated fat, which makes it more stable when heated.
Almonds are high in magnesium and potassium that is essential for muscle and nerve function. Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals as well as protein to help sustain lean muscle and repair the body.
Eggs are high in protein and contain all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair. Including quality protein sources into your meals every day supports weight loss + healthy metabolism, maintains a healthy immune system, curbs appetite and helps to sustain lean muscle.
2 ½ cups (250g / 8 ¾ oz) almond meal
½ cup (60 g / 2 oz) Naked Chocolate or cocoa
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon gluten free baking powder
3 organic eggs
½ cup (4 ½ fl oz) olive oil
½ cup (4 ½ fl oz) almond or coconut milk
½ cup (4 ½ oz) honey or organic maple syrup
Preheat oven to 160 C / 320 F.
Combine almond meal, Naked Chocolat, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl.
Add the eggs, olive oil, milk and honey.
Mix well to form a smooth batter.
Spoon into a 20 cm / 8 inch round baking tin that you have lined with baking paper to prevent sticking. Alternatively you can line the tin with butter and dust with cocoa powder.
Bake for 50 – 55 minutes or until just cooked through. It’s ok if the inside is a little moist when you remove the cake as it will create a lovely moist texture inside.
Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Cover with healthy chocolate mousse or chocolate ganache.