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After 3+ hours of playing in the hot, humid, Florida sun, I’m tired. I sweat about a gallon every 15 minutes and can literally ring out my clothes and hair. Not to mention, this all happens during lunch time. So I’m tired, sweaty, hungry, and grouchy (sorry to my car-buddies).
I grab my packed lunch and snarf down my usual: smoothie, apple, salad, and a rice cake with peanut butter. Plus I chug another gallon of water.
Where does this Paleo cake fit in?
After my 40 minute drive home, I’m hungry again, and now my sweat has dried on to my skin-ew. My bags get thrown down and I race (more like drag myself) to the kitchen to throw together this cake. It’s easy, fast, filling, and delicious. While it bakes I’ll take a shower. No, I am not eating cake with dried sweat sticking to my skin!
Paleo Cherry-Chocolate Chunk Cake for One
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 1 cake
Serving Size: The whole cake!
Calories per serving: 250
~This Cake for one is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, nut-free, soy-free, corn-free, and sugar-free!
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 3 Tablespoons milk-substitute (like almond or coconut milk)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cherries, chopped
- 1/2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- Optional: Sweetener. 1 Tablespoon (or more) pureed date or pinch stevia powder
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Mix together baking powder and coconut flour. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and sweetener (if using) and mix until well combined.
- Stir in chocolate chunks and cherry chunks.
- Grease a ramekin (or oven-safe mug!) and pour batter into dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes. The top may be a bit gooey when you take it out, but it will set while cooling.
- Cool a couple minutes before devouring! You may top with extra chocolate and cherries, a dollop of coconut whipped cream, or a smear of Healthy Chocolate Buttercream
*Feel free to adjust the sweetener, or do not use, as needed to satisfy your sweet tooth. **If you are not a fan of unsweetened chocolate, substitute with dark chocolate chips or unsweetened carob chips. ***Feel free to add more chocolate chunks or cherry chunks as desired!
- Coconut: Coconut is widely misunderstood because of it’s high fat content; however, coconut’s saturated fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These medium-chains are easy to absorb and digest, and are converted quickly into energy. This means that the body is less likely to store the medium-chain as fat. Coconut is also a great source of dietary fiber with a whopping 5 grams per oz!
- Chocolate: Click Here for a post I wrote about the benefits of chocolate.
- Cherries: Fresh cherries are packed with antioxidants and beta carotene, which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, and fiber which help prevent memory loss and reduce the risk of diabetes. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What do you crave/eat after a hard workout?
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