Flourless Chocolate Cake

I actually don’t like chocolate cake but because it was paleo and looked good I figured I may as well try it out and perhaps it’ll get me off my chocolate waffle addiction (yeah right).

Making this cake, with thanks to Rebecca over at the Barefoot Coconut for the recipe, was pretty fun and very different to what I normally do. I’ve never had to whisk just egg whites and it felt strange making a cake for myself.

My thoughts on this cake: At first it did have a bitter smell and taste to it, I thought I baked it for too long as it ended up needing 28 minutes. I initially had it warm but later in the evening I had another slice (they were tiny, honest!) and it tasted much better. It’s a really rich cake so you can’t have a lot in one go and if it’s just for one person, I hear it freezes well. I’ve frozen mine, not defrosted a slice yet but when I do I’ll edit this post to give you my verdict then. Oh, I forgot to mention, it’s more like a brownie than a cake but that’s a good thing if you like them. I think in total I got about 14 slices out of a 9″ round cake. Won’t be baking this for a while I think!

Now you have the recipe, here’s how I did it (kind of… didn’t show you everything, just the fun bits)

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Whisk the egg whites into fluffy clouds

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Turned upside down to make sure they’re stiff enough. I’m not nasty enough to hover it over my head (or brave enough!)

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Melted butter and chocolate is so glossy and nice. Added vanilla, honey and something else to this… forgot what so check the recipe! Added raw honey btw, almost got through the whole bottle!

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Seriously, that’s one way to get through honey you’re not keen on but know it’s good for you. For me, it’s an acquired taste but living according to the Sunnah is very important… even if it does come in the form of a chocolate cake

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Fold the glossy melted choc mix in with the fluffy cloud-like egg whites. It does look a little gross at first I’ll admit and it takes a lot of folding to make sure you mix it properly. Every time I thought I was done I found another large unmixed bit of melted choc! Got there eventually… I think

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Egg whites and melted choc folded together. Looks much more appealing now!

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Put it into a 9″ baking tin. I use reusable greaseproof sheets. Unlike my normal GLUTEN cakes this fell out the tin nicely and wasn’t stuck to the sheets. Much easier when it came to cleaning up. Awesome.

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Cake baked. It did smell a bit strange and bitter to me. The size was overwhelming for someone who doesn’t actually like chocolate cake *gulp*

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Out the tin – nice smoothish edges and sides

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Chillaxing before being attacked….

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…Attacked!

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Et voila! Oh it looks so good maashaaAllaah! Topped with raw honey, raw cream and served with yummy fruits. Makes it feel oh so much healthier and good for you!

Benefits of Raw Honey

Honey is a natural cure mentioned in the Qur’aan, Allaah says:
…There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is a healing for men…
(Qur’aan, 16:69)

The following image was produced by Oasis Advanced Wellness

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Additional benefits of raw honey:
• Harmonize the liver
• Loaded with ‘good’ bacteria including Acidophilus
• Neutralize toxins
• Blood pressure
• Relieve pain
• Anti-Cancer properties
• Wipe out toxins that cause diarrhea
• Calm the nerves
• Digestion
• Anti-Allergenic
• Anti-Inflammatory
• Expectorant
• Laxative
• Ulcers
• Sedative
• Anti-Toxic
• Anti-Anemic
• Fever-Reducing

Honey Has Treated:
• Chronic Bronchitis
• Diabetes and blood sugar issues
• Asthmatic Bronchitis
• Bronchial Asthma
• Chronic Rhinitis
• Cholesterol
• Allergic Rhinitis
• Sinusitis
• Nerve Damage

Honey Throat Remedy
Symptoms: Course, Dry Cough, Hoarse throat
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• Raw Honey
• Water

Instructions: Gargle

Raw Honey Vitamins
• Vitamin A
• Beta-Carotene
• All of the B-Complex Vitamins
• Vitamins C, D, E and K
• Minerals magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper and manganese

Enzymes & Other Health Promoting Substances
• Raw honey contains live enzymes (these help your body break down foods and undigested particles)
• Proteins
• Carbohydrates
• Organic Acids
• Hormones
• Anti-microbrial factors
• Anti-biotic factors

Additional information was found from the following website and it contains other beneficial information: www.bee-pollen-buzz.com

Chocolate waffles

Oh my! What?? Chocolate AND waffles? No way! Yuh way! I’m just gonna cut to the chase, you NEED these in your life. That is all. Read and act upon the following recipe which again I halved to create exactly one scrumdiddlyumptious waffle just for me. The below recipe is the halved one, the original can be found here via PaleOMG



Ingredients

3/4cup almond meal/flour
1/6 or 20-30ml cup canned coconut milk
1/8 cup or dark chocolate chips or Lindt 70% cocoa dark chocolate chopped small
1 egg
1 heaped tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (don’t be shy)
1/2tablespoon maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
sprinkle of cinnamon – you can’t taste it so I add a lot more than just a sprinkle
pinch of salt



Instructions

I’ve made this a few times now and the first two times I followed the instructions, the third time, I just chucked everything into my mixing jug and whisked. So do that instead cos they still come out perfect.

Grease your waffle iron, heat it, add the mix and wait depending on what your waffle iron requires. Enjoy with a drizzle of honey, chopped nuts or paleo choc sauce (not tried this yet but I’m thinking of melting choc with coconut milk) and lashings of sliced fruits (bananas and strawberries are winners with chocolate).

I personally like to enjoy this waffle in silence; it’s bliss. Anyone who talks to me whilst operation choc waffle consumption is in progress is rude. I’m not even a chocolate fan really but this is a pleasing treat. I’ve had it for dinner too… twice *blush*

Coconut waffles

This recipe was discovered whilst browsing blogs of fellow Paleo-ers. I discovered a reasonable looking treat that wouldn’t harm me like gluten does. The only thing is, I don’t eat waffles and I certainly don’t own a waffle iron. Qadr Allaah, my sister’s friend messaged me out the blue to ask me about a cake machine. She happened to mention a good waffle iron that was on offer too. Naturally I took that as a sign to splash some cash and try out a treat. I halved the original recipe because I didn’t know if it would work. It turn out that halving the recipe worked in my favour as it makes exactly one massive American size waffle and since as I’m the only who needs (ok, wants) it, one is plenty. Besides, they’re a little dense and rather rich but oh, so yum, hmm, maashaaAllaah.

Ingredients
3/4cup almond flour/meal
1 egg, whisked
1/8 cup canned coconut milk
1/8 cup desicated coconut
1/2 tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Note: Despite my dislike for measuring, I eye-balled the cinnamon and vanilla. I love vanilla and cinnamon is cool too.

Instructions
1. Plug in waffle iron, once warm enough to use, lightly spray a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) on it so the waffle doesn’t stick.
2. Whisk your eggs in a medium-large sized bowl
3. Chuck in all the other ingredients and whisk for a minute until well combined.
4 Pour into your greased waffle iron and cooking until it’s done. My waffle iron works alot quicker than I expected so it was done in about a minute or two, I think.
The waffle was scrummy maashaaAllaah besides being a little dry (in my defense I asked my sister to watch it whilst I went to pray and it was ready fast but she didn’t turn it off – thanks sis!). I topped it with raw honey, dark chocolate shavings (70% cocoa solids is what I’m alllowed and not too much of it) and raspberries. Yum!Apologies for the yellow-tinged image. I use my phone to take pictures of food although I do own a nice camera that can do a much better job. A lot of pictures are taken with our breakfast bar lights on and they’re too bright. I tend to use my camera for ‘professional’ shots of my cakes.