Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

 Flourless Chocolate Cake

LET THEM EAT (Dark Chocolate) CAKE!

Decadent Dark chocolate, can be quite healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants, which protects your cells and tissues from damaging free radicals.  One study* found that by eating dark chocolate the risk of cardiovascular death was reduced by 50% over a 15 year period in elderly men. This and other observational studies show that there is a benefit to your heart when dark chocolate is included.

 This indulgent dessert uses a high cacao content (70%+) chocolate for maximum health benefits and coconut sugar to make it sweet and irresistible.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter (or coconut oil), plus more for the cake pan
6 oz. 70%+ dark chocolate, chopped
6 large free-range organic eggs, separated
1 cup raw coconut sugar, divided
2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder
pinch of fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C), place a rack in the middle.

  1. Invert the bottom of 9-inch spring form pan and line with a buttered parchment round.
  2. Place butter (or coconut oil) and chopped chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Remove the bowl from over the boiling water, let mixture sit for a few minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl beat together egg yolks and ½ cup of raw coconut palm sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until thick and the sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Add espresso powder and salt; beat until combined, about 1 minute. Add vanilla and melted-chocolate mixture; beat 1 more minute.
  5. In another large bowl, beat egg whites and a pinch of salt on medium-high speed until foamy.
  6. Increase speed to high and gradually add remaining ½ cup cup raw coconut palm sugar, beating until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. The raw coconut palm sugar will dissolve into the egg whites giving them a fantastic brownish/caramel macchiato color.
  7. Gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture in 3 batches.
  8. Transfer batter to the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until set.
  9. Let cake cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Remove side of pan; transfer cake to a serving plate.
  11. Serve with a dollop of coconut milk whipped cream, Greek yogurt or berries.

Nutrition facts:
One serving yields 221 calories, 13.9 grams of fat, 18.7 of carbs and 5.2 grams of protein.

Serves 10

Adapted from: The Iron You

*Resource study: Buijsse et al. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006; 166(4): 411-7)

Healthy Dark Chocolate Super Bites

Dark Chocolate Super Bites

These Healthy Dark Chocolate Super Bites are just the right size when you are craving a sweet treat. The high cacao content of the chocolate combined with the dried fruits, nuts and seeds makes this snack full of antioxidants, good fats and fiber without being too sweet.

Let these super bites melt in your mouth while you savor the smoothness of the chocolate along with the chewiness of the dried fruit and the crunch of the nuts and seeds.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Dark chocolate, 70%+ cacao
  • Assorted dried fruits, chopped nuts and seeds.

Preparation:

  1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil.
  2. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a heat safe bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring frequently until melted and creamy.
  3. Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let the chocolate fall from the spoon and it will naturally form a more or less round shape. You can nudge it with your spoon if you like. Work with one at a time, and sprinkle each round of chocolate with an assortment of your healthy add-ins while the chocolate is still hot. Make them whatever size you like, but mine were about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  4. Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the bites in the refrigerator to speed things up.

Adapted from: theviewfromgreatisland.com