Healthiest Cake Ever (Paleo, Gluten Free, Hidden Veg)

healthiest cake ever

Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of sneaking extra veg into my kid’s diet everywhere I can. My chocolate pancakes (secret ingredient: courgette) and chocolate mousse (secret ingredient: avocado) are currently hot favourites in our house. This healthiest cake ever was a happy little experiment, which works wonderfully, even though on paper it probably shouldn’t.

I’m off cocoa for the foreseeable future due to following GAPS, which means I’ve been missing out when it comes to desert. It’s been a while since I’ve done any proper experimenting in the kitchen, but I found myself with a teeny window of opportunity this afternoon and managed to knock up a rather scrummy cake!

It’s a little like a cross between a beetroot brownie and a carrot cake. The added boost of pure cacao butter (the best bit in a chocolate bar full of goodness) gives the cake a choccy background taste. All in all it’s sweet but not too sweet, dense and filling. A lovely treat for Sunday evening.

healthiest cake ever

This recipe is free from: gluten, grains, dairy, nuts and refined sugar

Ingredients (for 6-8 slices):
250g grated carrot
150g grated beetroot
3 large free range eggs
100g dates
100g coconut flour
100ml coconut oil
25g pure cacao butter chopped into small pieces
Tbsp vanilla

– preheat your oven to 170C and prepare an 8inch cake tin or silicone mould

– put the grated carrot and beetroot into a large bowl along with the coconut flour and cacao chunks, mix well

– put the eggs, oil, dates and vanilla into your blender or food processor and whiz until it’s thick and creamy

– incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry bowl, mix well

– pour the batter into the tin/mould and place in the oven

– bake for 30 mins uncovered, and a further 15 mins with tin foil or baking paper over the top

– serve as is or with a dollop of cream, ice-cream or yoghurt (my fave is home fermented double cream)

– store leftovers in the fridge

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23 thoughts on “Healthiest Cake Ever (Paleo, Gluten Free, Hidden Veg)

  1. I don’t know if egg replacer would work, but new favourite thing to use in place of egg is gelatine, which might do the trick 🙂

  2. Wow what a healthy, low carb heavenly treat. Love this and I adore beetroot with chocolate so I’m sneaking in some dark choc. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  3. Have you ever tried using gelatin as an egg replacer? It works so well… Let me know how you get on if you do give it a go lovely.

  4. My son is refusing to touch any vegetables at the moment so I’m trying new ways to sneak them in. This sounds great, I might have to play with it to see if I can replace the 3 eggs for him but love the idea of cross between a brownie and carrot cake.

  5. You clever lady you! That looks fabulous and one to try when I come of the very strict no sugar (including fruit) and carbs diet that I am currently on. Soooooo boring!

  6. If you try it let me know how you get on won’t you. It’s yummy and gets better with age when it’s kept in the fridge. I had my last slice last night and it was delicious xx

  7. I have never tried cake with beetroot in. I used to hate beetroot but since my last pregnancy, I have really been craving it!

  8. It looks really lovely and so healthy, as usual. I am really curious what it tastes like. Will you make it for me when we meet ‘for real’? x

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