I know your thinking eww, cauliflower in my cake?! but this is a must trust guys! If you know me, I’m always looking for ways to add nutrient dense foods (usually veggies!) to anything be it smoothies, snacks or sweets!
I’ve been using REAL-The Meal Deal, a recently launched Meal & Movement plan by yours truly :), as my guide this week because hello hectic holiday season that leaves me with no time to do much meal planning,so RTMD it is!
I had a huge head of cauli from the farmers market already chopped and sitting in the fridge. Cauliflower wasn’t needed in any of the recipes for the week but I still had a generous amount left and needed a dessert to have on hand because dessert every night is totally necessary, especially when coming from whole food ingredient like this one! Eating Evolved just sent me some uber delicious chocolate bars that have a top notch ingredient lists and taste so creamy and dreamy. I must say I have never been much of a plain chocolate bar lover, but these things have me hooked! Anyways, cake sounded delicious, but instead of using the traditional go to’s I wanted to incorporate something different…350 degrees and 25 minutes later CAUL ME CRAZY CHOCOLATE CAKE was born! It’s so dense and chocolatey you’d never guess your getting a serving of vegetables with your dessert!
Cauliflower is one of my favorite brassica vegetables due to its health benefits, it’s full of fiber, vitamins C, K & B, as well as manganese and folate. Cauliflower helps your body detoxify in two ways. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification and has sulfur-containing nutrients that support Phase 2 detoxification. The glucosinolates in cauliflower activate detoxification enzymes which help the digestive system run smoothly. Studies show adding brassic vegetables to your diet can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, aid in weight loss and promote a flourishing digestive system.
The cacao powder along with chocolate bars provides you with antioxidants for fighting cancer and gives you an instant mood boost from the theobromine content which is found in raw cacao (chocolate in its purest form).
The walnuts in this dish are a must! They provide a dense cake like texture and this super nut is loaded with brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is packed with protein for maintaining strong muscles and bones.
Not only is this 100% indulgent free – it’s approved for anyone living a paleo, dairy free or vegetarian lifestyle. It contains healthy fats from all sources: coconuts (MCT), eggs (mono and poly unsaturated), and nuts (omega-3). This cake provides a whopping 7g of protein per slice and is refined sugar free, using natural sources of sweeteners – #eatrealfood ya’ll!
Overall, this is more of a healthy meal than dessert if you can believe it. You can now “have your cake and eat it too” and chocolate cake at that!
I like to serve this with a cold glass of Pure Vanilla Mylk, which you can find in the NN Shop along with Real The Meal Deal that features 4 weeks full of recipes like this one and a movement plan to kick off the New Year in the most productive and positive way!
Let me know how your CAULI CAKE turns out by tagging #NourishingNelli on Instagram or Facebook!
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- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 - 2 tbsp Eating Evolved Chocolate Spread
- 12 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup walnut pieces + 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup Eating Evolved Chocolate broken into pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Spray a round cake pan or 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil
In a high speed blender blend cauliflower, milk and eggs until smooth
Add maple syrup, dates, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil
In a large bowl mix together coconut flour, cacao powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt
Add dry mixture to the blender and blend until smooth
In a small blender or food processor blend together walnuts and almond milk to make a creamy paste
Add the paste to your large blender and blend everything until well combined
Stir in the chocolate pieces or cacao nibs
Pour batter into your baking dish and bake for 25-30 until knife inserts clean.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes.