Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I’ve got the perfect recipe for you: Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Cake! This cake is full of delicious chocolatey nutty flavor, healthy fats, and LOVE, obviously. It’s the perfect way to say “I love you, but I don’t love sugar spikes and feeling like crap from eating too much crappy cake.”
This healthy chocolate hazelnut cake has a similar flavor to Nutella, due to the Hazelnut Flour. You can substitute for Almond Flour, but the cake will taste more like a chocolate cake, and less like a NUTELLA Chocolate cake. I used this Hazelnut Flour.
This Cake is gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, and grain free, making it technically, “Paleo.” I cheated for the Frosting and used this Gluten Free Vanilla Frosting, which is made with coconut oil; its also made with sugar and palm shortening. Its not the healthiest option, but I didn’t want to spend time making a healthy frosting. This cake comes together so quickly and easily, I didn’t want to taint that!
If, however, you want to keep the entire cake Paleo, PaleoRunningMomma has an awesome Paleo Buttercream Frosting you can find here!
This recipe is not only easy to make, the ingredients are all very basic and simple.
Hazelnut Flour: Simply ground up Hazelnuts. These give the cake their Nutella-like flavor. You can sub in another nut flour (like almond flour), but the nuttiness will not be as pronounced.
Coconut Sugar: Usually, I prefer to use Maple Syrup or Honey as a sweetener in my recipes (like my Healthy Carrot Cake), but the Coconut Sugar crystals keep this cake airy and light. A liquid sweetener would weigh it down and make a much denser cake.
Dark Cocoa Powder: For the rich, chocolatey taste, of course! You don’t *have to* use a Dark option, but I highly recommend it for the more intense chocolate flavor.
Coconut Oil: This keeps the cake moist. You can sub for another neutral oil, or even melted butter.
Almond Milk & Apple Cider Vinegar: This creates a dairy free “buttermilk” alternative, which keeps the cake moist (yeah, I said it), and tender. If you are not dairy free, feel free to sub in regular buttermilk!
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