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Healthy desserts like healthy chocolate cake can be found all over the internet these days. What makes our recipe special is that it has no added sugar, is low in fat, and gluten free. This makes it a healthy option for a wide range of dietary needs. Of course the word “healthy” is somewhat subjective and we encourage substitutes along the way.
Chocolate cake is one of the world’s greatest pleasures so why not start using a recipe that allows you to snack on a decadent treat more often, and with less harmful ingredients on your overall health?
Many “healthy” chocolate cake recipes contain hard-to-find ingredients or lengthy processes (soaking cashews overnight, shredding cups of zucchini, etc.).
One appeal of this healthy chocolate cake recipe is that it’s done in just one hour and is made from ingredients you can find at most grocery stores.
Although this chocolate cake is made without flour, sugar, or butter, it is moist, sweet, and rich!
We dare you to run this by the biggest chocolate cake aficionado you know and tell us they’re not impressed! Low-fat and sugar-free cakes can get some of the glory too.
We think having a go-to chocolate cake recipe is a must.
This sugar-free chocolate cake recipe is perfect for last-minute weekend plans or a birthday staple.
How to Make a Healthy Chocolate Cake
- With ingredients like greek yogurt, olive oil, and 5 whole eggs (yes, 5), this healthy cake recipe is rich and moist without the heaviness of canola oil and butter. Olive oil also contains antioxidants and adds both a unique flavor and nutritional boost to this recipe.
- Free of refined sugar and gluten! This healthy chocolate cake recipe welcomes dessert-goers from a variety of dietary limitations. If you can’t find monk fruit or prefer to use a liquid sweetener, you can substitute this for honey or maple but we recommend using 1 whole cup instead of ⅔ cup as monk fruit is significantly sweeter than honey/maple.
- Prepped, baked, and ready in one hour! This recipe is made in just one mixing bowl and one pan, lending to easy and quick clean up with a quick baking time. Perfect for when those chocolate cravings hit!
- Classic chocolate cake recipes pack loads of added sugars, less healthy fats, and dense flour. Our healthy chocolate recipe uses whole ingredients like almond flour, olive oil, and yogurt that add both flavor and nutrients while still tasting like a chocolate cake!
Tips for Making a Healthy Cake
- Use ingredients you can understand. If you notice, most of our ingredient list comes from plants! Oat flour, made of just ground up oats, almond flour, made of just ground up almonds, and monk fruit to name a few help give this cake body and sweetness without a major crash or bloating. The key to a healthy cake is using healthy ingredients!
- Let your cake cool before adding the frosting. Yes, the same rules apply to a healthy cake. Especially because our frosting is a one-ingredient wonder of just melted chocolate chips, it will be a big mess all over your platter if you don’t give your cake enough time to cool off. The finished product of this cake frosted is so beautiful, you won’t regret having patience around this step.
- Did someone say breakfast? This cake has eggs, greek yogurt, and oats so it’s basically a breakfast, right? Because this cake has no added sugar, you won’t get a major sugar crash if you choose to start your day off with a slice.
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Frosting
Yes, it’s just melted chocolate chips but it’s Hu’s no added sugar chocolate chips.
Hu’s chocolate is made with clean ingredients like organic cacao, organic date, organic cocoa butter, and organic vanilla bean.
You won’t miss the butter, confectioner’s sugar, or food coloring typically found in most frostings.
Plus, by melting high-quality, no-nonsense chocolate, it will turn out glossy and decadent like a ganache; no need for extra sugar or additives.
All About the Ingredients
- Almond milk: This can also be substituted for another milk of your choice. This adds a necessary liquid element to our gooey chocolate cake.
- 5 eggs: No, that’s not a type-o. That may be more than you’re used to in other chocolate cake recipes but it totally works!
- Nonfat Greek plain yogurt: It is important that you use plain Greek yogurt. Most flavored Greek yogurts on the market come with added sugar which we are trying to avoid in our healthy chocolate cake
- Olive oil: This is the fat in our recipe. Without some type of fat, cakes will be dry and dense. We chose olive oil for its antioxidant properties and unique flavor that balances really well with chocolate, believe it or not!
- Vanilla extract: Because it wouldn’t be a baked good without it!
- Almond and oat flour: This substitutes a typical white flour and makes this recipe gluten-free. If you can’t find oat flour, you can very easily make your own by blending up oats!
- Cocoa powder: Because… chocolate. Regular cocoa powder works fine here. Be sure to mix out any clumps
- Monk fruit: Monk fruit is a sugar substitute made from a plant! It has no carbs and is great for those following a low-carb or keto diet. Monk fruit is quite sweet and may not be accessible where you shop. One cup of maple syrup or honey can be substituted here but will impact the provided nutritional information.
- Baking powder: This helps give the cake lift.
- Salt: It enhances the chocolate flavor and gives balance. A dash is all you need.
- Hu’s chocolate chips (no added sugar): This is a clean, decadent frosting alternative. You can use regular chocolate chips if you can’t find Hu, but be aware that this will impact the nutritional value we provided.
Healthy Chocolate Cake
- 1¼ cup almond milk
- 5 eggs
- ¾ cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ⅔ cup monk fruit
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Dash of salt
- ½ cup Hu No Added Sugar Chocolate Chips – melted
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Add wet ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.
Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Pour batter into a previously greased cake pan. You can use either 2 round 9 inch pans or one 13×9 inch pan
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
While baking, melt in the microwave ½ cup of Hu No Added Sugar Chocolate Chips.
Wait until the cake has cooled, and top with melted chocolate.