It’s a Date, Cake

 

Lets make a healthy delicious cake!

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cup packed almond meal*

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • pinch salt

  • 1 1/2 cup packed pitted dates**

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • Walnuts or pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325*.

  2. To make a date paste, place all the ingredients EXCEPT the almond meal, cocoa powder, and walnuts in a food processor or strong blender and blend until it forms a smooth liquid paste. It should just be able to blend freely in the blender. If it is too thick you can add some more water.

  3. Mix coco powder and almond meal together in a bowl. Pour in the date paste and stir until smooth. If adding walnuts you can mix them in or sprinkle them on top. We like to do both.

  4. Grease an 8" round cake pan with coconut oil, and pour in batter.

  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not over cook! Ideally the tooth pick should NOT come out completely clean. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving so that it has time to set.

  6. Serve plain or with fresh fruit and/or whipped cream (use coconut whipped cream or coconut ice cream if dairy free). May also be served chilled from fridge.

Notes

*Make your own almond meal by processing raw almonds until no large chunks remain. In the Vitamix, turn the dial immediately to full power and blast for 7 seconds. Don't over process because it will turn into almond butter.

This recipe is easy to make vegan. Instead of eggs substitute 1 cup of apple sauce and add a tablespoon of blended chia seeds to the apple sauce. Mix apple sauce and chia seeds in the blender the same way you would mix the eggs.


Health Benefits

Dates:

According to the Daily Health Post, dates are the number one food that can help prevent a stroke; as well as preventing high blood pressure and cholesterol. Dates are loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber and zinc, which give them huge health benefits. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that eating at least 3.75 ounces of dates daily for four-weeks can decrease your triglyceride (fats) levels by 15%. They also reduce the amount of oxidation of fats in your body by at least 33%, which in turn, lowers your blood cholesterol.

According to a Harvard Medical School study, dates are one of the best foods that can help lower blood pressure. Researchers of the study recommend consuming 8 servings (half a pound) of dates a week. Dates are filled with magnesium and studies report that consuming100mg of magnesium daily can decrease the risk of a stroke by 10%. Magnesium also helps reduce cancer causing inflammation.

…So go ahead and have another slice of that cake.