Five-minute chocolate cake

Are you craving a sweet after your lunch or dinner? This healthy, super tasty five-minute to make chocolate cake is a healthy choice for those sweet tooth cravings. But it comes with a warning!

Sources of nutrition 

Dark chocolate is a source of magnesium. Magnesium might be the reason you crave sweets because you might lack energy, sometimes we crave sweets because we are lacking in energy. Feeling lethargic could also be due to a lack of key nutrients.

The main source of energy in our cells is something called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. ATP is essentially the currency that runs your body’s economy, but it can’t make any real transactions without the banker. That banker is magnesium.

Though ATP is the main source of energy in cells, it must be bound to a magnesium ion (Mg) to be biologically active. So, ATP is really Mg-ATP when it comes to making the magic happen in your body.

Key ingredients

Magnesium is responsible for more than 300 enzymatic processes that help keep you energized and healthy. If you’re deficient in magnesium, that’s more than 300 processes your body can’t effectively do. The end result is you feeling totally wiped. By adding dark chocolate over 70% cacao, you are increasing the magnesium content to the cake.

Additional foods containing magnesium include legumes, tofu and fatty fish.

Avocados are the darling of the produce section. They’re the go-to ingredient for guacamole dips at parties, and they're turning up in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and our chocolate cake. So, what exactly makes this pear-shaped berry (yes, avocado is classed as fruit!) such a superfood?

Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium which helps control blood pressure, lutein which is good for your eyes, and folate which is crucial for cell repair. They are a good source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection and they also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals good for the whole body.

Avocados are low in sugar, plus contain fibre, which helps you feel fuller for longer. In one study, people who added half of a fresh avocado to their lunch were less interested in eating during the next three hours.

Avocados are high in fat. But it's monounsaturated fat, which is a 'good' fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation.  Suggested intake is one avocado a day.

How to make a chocolate cake

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes 

Ingredients

Serves 12, 166 calories 

  • 7.5 oz (200g) baking chocolate 70% -85% cocoa – 2 Lindt chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cup (200g) pitted dates, about 20 smaller dates/10 Medjool dates
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon (20 ml) coconut oil
  • 1 cup (60g) of almond flour
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. In a food processor, pulse the chocolate first then continue to add all of the other ingredients, pulsing in between.

3. Transfer the batter into an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) baking dish.

4. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool before serving.

Serving suggestions: add a handful of raspberries or strawberries with a dollop of Greek yoghurt for a probiotic kick.

This is a healthy version of a chocolate cake, but it's important to note that if you don't manage your portions (one slice a day ) you may see an increase in weight. 

If you struggle with portion sizes, it might be helpful to speak to a nutrition professional who can offer expert guidance and support.

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Written by Angelika Cutuk-Short MSc Nutritionist, NLP, mBANT, mCNHC

Angelika has a masters in nutrition and is a qualified NLP mindset coach. She is a specialist in weight loss management. She combines nutritional science with motivational coaching to change her client's mindset and bad food habits so they can lose weight for good, feel sexy, more body confident and finally fit those favourite jeans.… Read more

Written by Angelika Cutuk-Short MSc Nutritionist, NLP, mBANT, mCNHC

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