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A Healthier Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

With berries, dark chocolate, and olive oil, this nutritious treat is sure to appease chocolate lovers. Bonus: It’s gluten free.

How to Cook It: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Everyday Health staff nutritionist Kelly Kennedy, RDN, shows you how to cook a flourless chocolate cake using olive oil to add heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidant rich dark chocolate. Try this gluten-free dessert everyone can enjoy!
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Chocolate cake is synonymous with indulgence, but with this version of the classic treat, that indulgence doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

The recipe below features heart-healthy olive oil, fiber-rich berries, and antioxidant-packed dark chocolate, plus a flourless base that will appeal to gluten-free chocolate fiends.

Espresso powder is optional but recommended because this ingredient makes chocolate taste even more chocolaty.

Even without espresso powder, you’ll find the flavor of this treat is rich, and enjoying a small portion can help satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard on calories should weight loss be one of your goals.

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Ready to treat yourself?

Serves 12

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ? cup light-tasting olive oil
  • ? cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ? tsp kosher salt
  • ? tsp baking powder
  • ? cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ? cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted* (plus more for dusting)
  • Fresh berries such as blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place a double boiler over simmering water. Add the baking chocolate and olive oil and heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is completely melted. Note: If you do not have a double boiler pan, a large mixing bowl works well placed over a pan of simmering water.
  3. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. Stir in the maple syrup, espresso powder (if using), vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder. Mix gently until just combined.
  4. Add the applesauce and eggs, mixing just until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in the preheated oven. Bake until the top of the cake forms a thin crust and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle registers 200 degrees F, about 25 minutes.
  6. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before loosening the edges with a butter knife and gently removing the sides of the pan. Allow the cake to cool completely before serving. Top with cocoa powder and fresh berries, if desired.

*Be sure to sift the cocoa powder so that it does not leave clumps in your cake.

Nutrition per serving: 175 calories, 10g total fat (3.4g saturated fat), 3g protein, 21g carbohydrates, 1.6g fiber, 17g sugar (16.2g added sugar), 91mg sodium

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