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Ohhh the magic of avocados never seems to end. I’ve used avocado in my hair, on my face, in puddings, ice creams and salad dressings. And now….in a delicious chocolate cake!! Avocados are featured in both the cake batter AND they also make up the base for this chocolate frosting. This entire recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free but you’d NEVER know. If you want to make it vegan, simply swap the egg for 2 Tablespoons of chia seed gel which will act as a binder.

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This cake is moist and has the perfect amount of sweetness  – not overpowering, just enough. The crunch from the cacao nibs adds beautiful texture to the smooth, creamy, rich chocolate frosting. Go for high quality cacao powder – not only is it more rich in nutrients like magnesium and iron, it also has much better flavour. Also, make sure your avocados are nice and ripe so they will be soft and blend easily.

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Dairy-Free, Chocolate Avocado Cake

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Yield: makes one 8″ cake

Ingredients:

cake batter:

  • raw coconut oil to grease cake pan
  • 1.5 cups of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 3/4 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 egg

Frosting:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 6 Tablespoons cacao powder
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash pure vanilla extract

Garnish:

  • extra cacao powder
  • cacao nibs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using coconut oil, grease and flour one 8” round spring form cake pan. Place the cake pan on a baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry cake ingredients except sugar.
  4. Combine avocado and all wet ingredients including sugar together in blender. Blend together just until fully combined.
  5. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix with spatula until cake batter is smooth.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. While cake is baking, mix all frosting ingredients together using food processor or blender.
  8. Let cake cool 15-20 minutes before frosting.
  9. Using a sieve, dust cacao powder onto cake and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
  10. Frost and serve!

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Talia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clean Foods Chef, Cookbook Author and Yoga Instructor and Chef Superstar. Talia’s approach to wellness focuses on helping you tap into your unique intuition as you embrace imperfections to facilitate growth and become the best version of you possible.
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