Made with Almond Meal - gluten and sugar free!
One of the best things about this flourless chocolate cake is how simple it is to make. You mix it all in two bowls or in a food processor and in about five minutes it goes in your spring-form pan. It can be made with sugar but as most of you know, I do my best to steer clear and find some good sugar substitute. It's especially nice with some sugar-free raspberry preserves and topped with additional plump raspberries. You can go even further and top it off with whipped cream. So yummy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes - Cook Time: 30 minutes
3 cups almond meal (I use Trader Joe's variety)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs or I used the equivalent of Energy egg replacer
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted or a vegan friendly margarine
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 erythritol or sugar
1/2 cup granulated splenda or sugar
1 cup water or coffee
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 F. Grease a 8 or 9" round pan or 1 spring-form pan. I spray my spring-form pan with a cooking spray.Add the dry ingredients together. You may want to blend it in a food processor but this isn't absolutely necessary. I like some cakes with some texture so I didn't process and instead used 2 bowls for dry and wet ingredients before combining them together.
In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients and sugar substitutes and mix until well-blended. Now combine both dry and wet ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 30 minutes. The exact time will vary with the pan. Start checking at about 25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. My oven was an exact 30 minutes in bake time.
Let the cake sit for about 30 minutes before trying to remove it from the pan. I did release the spring-form side after about 5 minutes and then left the cake to cool before I placed in on a plate. I waited a bit longer and then topped the cake with a sugar-free raspberry preserve and additional raspberries. You could go with strawberry or blackberry preserves and other fruits as well. If interested you could also serve with whipped cream or a chocolate sauce or top with some confectioners sugar or more powdered splenda. This cake is so special and quite enjoyable for a pretty healthy treat.