Oct 15 2013

Guilt Free Chocolate Cake

This recipe is a great one to have on hand if you need to make something gluten & dairy free and a bit special. Its quick to make, looks beautiful and is seriously delicious!

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Angie Cowan of Angie Gluten Free whole food catering company is passionate and committed in sharing her knowledge of how to create healthy and nourishing gluten free meals with the world and assist people in living happier, healthier more fulfilled lives. If you are interested in finding out more about this, why not spend a day with Angie at the Sydney Cooking School in Neutral Bay on October 26th where you’ll be guided by Angie herself to create delicious gluten free meals.

Who doesn’t love a good flour-less chocolate cake? However Angie, being not only gluten but also dairy intolerant, is compelled to create a recipe that is both of these things but also uses a stable fat such as coconut oil and a high quality sugar such as organic maple syrup. She often stocks up on these goodness goodies from About Life store in Balmain.

Angie: You can dress this one up or keep it simple. If serving as a dessert for a dinner party, I recommend cooking down some blueberries (fresh or frozen) with a dash of maple and a squeeze of lime juice till liquid is syrupy and serve the chocolate cake with a drizzle of this and some raw dark chocolate shavings.

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Add sifted cocoa and boiling water into a small bowl and combine well

Add sifted cocoa and boiling water into a small bowl and combine well

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In a separate medium sized bowl add ground almonds, desiccated coconut, salt and coconut sugar and whisk to combine evenly.
In a large bowl add eggs, maple, vanilla and melted (and cooled) coconut oil and whisk for a couple of minutes or until mixture thickens up slightly.
Add the cooled liquid cocoa to the egg mix and using a large spoon gently combine. Add the almond mixture at this point and again carefully combine.
Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and bake for approx 45 mins or until the centre is firm to the touch.

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Sift a little extra cocoa over the top and more of desiccated coconut as desired then devour it with guilt free

Sift a little extra cocoa over the top and more desiccated coconut as desired then devour it guilt free

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  • Who: Angie Cowen
  • Home is: Sydney
  • Family origin: South African
  • I can’t live without: High quality, fresh, organic produce
  • Occupation: Gluten Free Wholefood Chef at Angie Gluten Free
  • Dream Job: I already have it, though the dream is to take it around the world
  • Currently I am obsessed with: Understanding how unresolved situations or experiences can create not only an unhappy individual but an unhealthy one
  • Childhood taste: I was an absolute junk food fiend. It’s amazing that I have no cavities as when out of my mother’s sight I would manage to get my hands on food that these days I would not even classify as food
  • I will always have in my pantry: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Quinoa, Activated Almonds
  • I learnt to cook from: Myself mainly, although in 2010 when I went and completed my Whole and Natural Chef training with Acclaimed Chef and Author Jude Blereau. He taught me a brilliant foundation of how every ingredient works and set a new standard to my food creations. I was very inspired by the love and joy that surrounded Friday night dinners and Jewish festivals whilst growing up which I feel accounts for the love I have of nourishing food
  • Currently I’m listening to: The soundtrack to A Single Man. Its a compilation of beautiful, mostly instrumental music that is gentle and soothing
  • One day I must visit: Greece, Italy, Israel (anywhere where there is a great traditional food culture). A world food safari – now thats definitely on the bucket list
  • Go to meal: Chicken broth with miso, kale, quinoa and poached egg. Its absolutely nourishing and gentle on the stomach
  • I am really good at: Cooking and eating. Im also great at encouraging people to really create their dreams as a reality
  • The unforgettable meal: I once threw a dinner party (many many years ago) where I had baked two very large snapper and stuffed them with lemon, garlic and herbs. As I walked out with these very large baked fish on an even larger board I was greeted to a round of applause. There is something very impressive with simple good food. It was a very funny experience (and a really great evening)
  • My piece of Sydney: I’m an Inner West girl and have been for quite some time but I will always love the bush of the North Shore where I grew up
  • Guilty Pleasure: At the moment it’s a really great cocktail
  • Who does the dishes: Whoever didn’t cook

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Chocolate Coconut Almond Cake {gluten free, dairy free}

Ingredients - Serves 9

  • 150 ml melted (room temperature) coconut oil
  • 50g good-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp best vanilla extract
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ cup real organic maple syrup (not sugar syrup)
  • 3 large organic free range eggs
  • 2 tbs coconut sugar
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C. Grease a 22cm springform tin with a little coconut oil and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Add sifted cocoa and boiling water into a small bowl and combine well.
  3. In a separate medium sized bowl add ground almonds, desiccated coconut, salt and coconut sugar and whisk to combine evenly.
  4. In a large bowl add eggs, maple, vanilla and melted (and cooled) coconut oil and whisk for a couple of minutes or until mixture thickens up slightly.
  5. Add the cooled liquid cocoa to the egg mix and using a large spoon gently combine. Add the almond mixture at this point and again carefully combine.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and bake for approx 45 mins or until the centre is firm to the touch.
  7. Leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  8. Serving suggestions: Sift a little extra cocoa and desiccated coconut over the top and serve with a berry coulis (cooked down blueberry’s with a tablespoon of coconut sugar – It’s delicious!)

2 Responses to Guilt Free Chocolate Cake

  1. Beate Olbrich

    Hari Aum Angie! So very nice to read your beautiful introduction about yourself. I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to try the cake.

  2. Olivia Jongeling

    I got this recipe from my brother in law and sister. They’re a very healthy family, but still like healthy treats – especially for their little girls, to encourage balance rather than deprivation. This has become their absolute favourite. I made it today for a group of friends and the whole cake was demolished – everyone asked if they could take the leftover home! I added some walnuts (I crushed halves into pieces and threw it in right at the end) and also some almond essence. Because I couldn’t find coconut sugar I used organic brown sugar, and it was still absolutely delicious!
    My new easy ‘go-to’ recipe for a treat.
    Ps. It also makes the house smell amazing!

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