I have a need for chocolate. A real need. I like to fulfil this need on a daily basis and so do my children, who have apparently inherited this need from me. So I need a super quick fix that I can whip up in no time. It needs to be cheap – we want to eat it all the time and not just for special occasions. And it needs to be gentle on my blood sugars and not go straight to my waist. It also needs to be simple so my children can make it.
Well, this Basic Chocolate Cake fits the bill perfectly. It is so simple that the kids can throw it in the Thermomix, or an high-end blender, and in a few seconds they will be spooning the batter into a cake tin or a few muffin cases. Pop it in the oven and when done, cool and frost. Too easy.
THE best thing about this Basic Chocolate Cake is that it is high in protein. And thanks to Serene Allison, co-author of Trim Healthy Mama, we know how important protein is. The authors are receiving many testimonies from Trim Healthy Mamas saying, “My hair is getting thicker,” or “My skin is smoothing out, and I have less cellulite on my thighs!” As us Mamas get older we need to be aware of increasing or
- ¼ cup coconut flour (35g)
- ¼ cup dutch cocoa powder (30g)
- 1½ teaspoons gluten-free baking powder (7g)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of Himalayan salt
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup xylitol
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil (60ml)
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- Place coconut flour, cocoa, xylitol, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in the Thermomix. Mix speed 5 for 5 secs. Or for the blender until it is just mixed. You could always use a whisk and a bowl too 🙂
- Add the eggs, vanilla and coconut oil. Mix speed 7 for 20 secs or until well combined.
- Spoon batter into a 20cm round baking tin lined with baking paper, or into 8 lined cupcake tins.
- Bake the cake for 30 mins or the cupcakes for 15 mins.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Frost with your favourite THM frosting.
As us Mamas get older we need to be aware of increasing or maintaining our bone mass. Resistant exercise and ample protein intake, together, leads to even better-increased bone mass. My own hairdresser was super impressed with my new hair growth, even calling over the other hairdresser for a gawk 🙂
Dr. Clay Hyght says, “Protein builds stuff!” It doesn’t just build muscles. It builds hair, skin, nails, tendons, ligaments, blood plasma, organ tissue and almost 2000 enzymes. Higher protein diets also revealed higher bone mineral content instead of depletion. (Cooper et al. 1996, Freudenheim et al. 1986). I love this!