Being an independent Mama, my key points in culinary crafting are to keep things budget friendly, easy, fun and of course stemming from a sound and solid nutritional understanding, which is why we love this 1-pot chocolate brownie cake. It’s also vegan, gluten free and keto so um yes, we’re all about that “have your cake and eat it too” life!
The star of this cake is of course CACAO! Yum! This rockstar ingredient is abundant in plant-based iron, antioxidants, magnesium and calcium to name a few. And yes, I mean Cacao not Cocoa. Cacao is the raw form whereas cocoa has been heated, as a result it loses some of the nutritional benefits found in the raw form. The most important thing to pay attention to when buying these powders is the ingredient list! When buying raw cacao, it is most often just that – one ingredient! However, cocoa can often have added sugars, thickeners and gunk we don’t want or need, so flip those packages and containers over to make sure you are getting the purest form of the chocolatey goodness!
Preheat oven to 350 and get started…
Prepare baking dish and in that very baking dish pop together:
– 1.5 cups paleo flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill)
– 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
– 1/2 cup monkfruit sweetener or coconut sugar
– 1 tspn vanilla extract
– 1/4 tspn Himalayan sea salt
– 1tspn baking soda
– 1/2 cup cacao
– 1 tspn apple cider vinegar
– 1 cup nut milk of choice or room temp rooibos tea
– 1/4 cup roasted and chopped walnuts (optional)
Stir it up, spread it out and pop into the oven!
We bake for 45 min but it depends on the size of the baking dish, so keep checking on it – it should be nice and set on the outside and gooey on the inside. Once cooled, let completely set in fridge for an hour or so.
You can eat it just like that or add some yummy homemade frosting, berries or whatever floats your boat!
Kamila is a Holistic Life Coach and independent Mama living in Toronto Canada with her 7-year-old daughter. Passionate about personal and environmental health and wellness, they strive to live in alignment with Mother Nature and love to spread the word about holistic living and all things DIY, from homemade toothpaste to gluten free, plant based cooking and a zero waste lifestyle.