Flourless Chocolate Almond Cakes

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What is it about celebration that calls for a big, sumptuous dessert? When we first started eating a more natural diet, celebrations were hard: how could we balance our love for whole, nutritious foods with the fact that celebrations tend to involve refined sugar and butter? At the time, I was also recovering from a gall bladder surgery that made it hard for me to digest fats, especially butter. Eating a cake or cookie would usually end in a stomach ache, or worse.

Over time, we’ve grown to realize the power of moderation and the special-ness that comes from only using rich ingredients occasionally (luckily my body has gradually learned how to digest them again). Treated with care, these ingredients can be a celebratory treat. It’s only when we become emotionally attached that they have power over us to dominate our minds and physiques.

Of course, we’ve put our “whole foods” spin on a decadent flourless chocolate cake by including almonds for protein and nutrients, using honey instead of added refined sugar (to compliment the sugar in the chocolate), and creating modest individual portions. It’s also a gluten-free dessert if that’s something you’re looking for. We’ve created these cakes as a recipe for two in honor of an upcoming celebration — Valentine’s Day! Look for our full Valentine’s Day menu later this week.

Another celebration? My birthday; I’ll be 32 tomorrow. As I’ve grown into my 30’s, birthdays have become a much simpler affair. Today, I’m mainly thankful to be alive, and surrounded by beautiful, wonderful, loving and life-giving people. It’s nearly 5 years since I was diagnosed with leukemia, and as positive and pain-free as my treatment has been, it’s made life that much dearer. Readers, know that every comment and kind vote of support has been a light to me.

We hope you enjoy this in whatever celebration you find yourself, be it a birthday, anniversary, life-event, or any special day!

Note: These cakes taste even better with a high-quality chocolate. We used our current favorite: Guittard’s Akoma Extra Semisweet Chips, which are also Fair Trade certified!

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cakes
This recipe can easily be doubled to make enough for 4.
Serves: 2
What You Need
  • ½ cup raw almonds (or almond meal)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 2 5-ounce ramekins
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. If using whole almonds, grind the almonds very finely in a food processor until the texture is light and fluffy.
  3. In a glass measuring cup or bowl, add 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons honey, and ⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips. Microwave for 10 seconds intervals, stirring after each, until fully combined. (Alternatively, use the stovetop method to melt the chocolate and stir in the butter and honey until fully combined.)
  4. In a medium large bowl, beat one egg with a whisk. Then add ½ cup of the almond meal, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 pinch of kosher salt, 1 pinch of cayenne pepper, and the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Butter two 5-ounce ramekins. Pour in the batter, and bake for 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out nearly clean.

53 Comments on “Flourless Chocolate Almond Cakes”

  1. Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    YUM!!! I could got for this any day over a big cake. Almonds and cocoa are the marriage I wish I knew about sooner because it right now is my comfort combo. Hope you have an awesome B’day!

    Relax, you deserve to savor every moment of it

  2. thelittleloaf

    Happy birthday! What a lovely way to celebrate. Moderation is absolutely the key, and a bit of indulgence every now and then is good for everyone. Here’s to a happy birthday, a happy Valentine’s Day and many more years of health and chocolate cake for two :-)

  3. Caroline

    These are gorgeous perfection! I love that you’ve just used a bit of honey to sweeten the cakes. I’ve been trying so hard to reduce the amount of sugar I eat and was wondering what to make for Valentine’s Day without over indulging! Pinning now to make for my hubby and me!

    1. Kathryn

      Hi Becky, I haven’t tested this recipe in weights (yet!) but by my calculations, the conversions into grams should be roughly as follows:

      50g almond meal
      45g butter
      60g (50ml) honey
      55g chocolate chips
      1 egg
      1/4 tsp cinnamon
      A pinch of salt and cayenne

      I hope that helps : )

  4. Kathryn

    A birthday without a little chocolatey cake is hardly a proper birthday. I love how you put your own wholesome spin on this; it looks totally delicious and definitely the perfect way to celebrate! Happy birthday for tomorrow Sonja : )

  5. Suzi

    I just discovered your blog. I am not a big fan of chocolate but think these look worth trying! I AM, however, a HUGE fan of birthdays, so I hope yours is splendid!

  6. Christine

    Happy birthday! Maybe you’ll get all the snow promised and have a snow day birthday… With chocolate cakes, of course.

  7. Michelle

    Happy birthday Sonja! You have an admirable approach to birthdays…being thankful for life and loved ones should be what birthdays are about. :)

    That cake looks amazing! Btw…I made a rendition of your slow-cooked black beans recipe for dinner tonight. So yummy!

  8. Valencia

    Happy Belated Birthday! I have just stumbled across your blog and this recipe. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I will definitely try this, as my husband LOVES chocolate! Take care and Godspeed!

    1. Alex

      Seems like it would work, though you might want to try a neutral oil like grapeseed to avoid a savory taste. Let us know if you try it!

    2. Heather

      I made them with coconut oil instead of butter, and they turned out great though I found they were ready on the lower end of the time spectrum. Delicious recipe, that I look forward to indulging in again soon! Thanks Sonja and Alex!

  9. Jasmine

    Wish you a very happy birthday! First time reader to your blog and am already in love with the pictures! Amazing work!

  10. Heather

    I made these on Saturday night for a special treat, my whole family loved them, the three year old, the 6 year old, and the man of the house. Thanks for making my weekend special!

  11. Paige Dixon

    HI- These are in the oven now and look great! However, I just noticed that the ingredient list calls for salt and cayenne, but these are not mentioned in the “What to Do”…so, sadly, I mistakenly left them out.

  12. Lindsay

    This is such a delicious recipe! Thanks. My husband left the rest of his wine in his glass because he didn’t want to lose the flavour of the cake. So tasty!

  13. LaNette

    I heard that you can use avocado in place of butter. It is not suppose to change the flavor, and avocado is better for you than butter. I think I will try it in this.

  14. Erwin

    Do you think these could be cooked for a shorter time to turn them into lava cakes with a gooey middle? Has anyone tried??

  15. Gayathri

    I’d like to try this recipe. Only I can’t use eggs. Could I make this eggless? Thanks for the great post!

  16. Star

    These taste better than any brownie I’ve ever had! And they’re not full of the awful stuff most brownies are! Love it. I didn’t have cayenne so I added a teaspoon of cocoa powder instead =) Also don’t have ramekins but muffin tins worked perfectly!

  17. victoria wesseler

    If you are using 1/2 cup of raw almonds and grinding them yourself will that then produce 1/2 cup of almond meal? It would seem to me that it would produce less than 1/2 cup. So, how much almond meal should you use?

    1. Alex

      Hi! We usually get just a bit more than 1/2 cup almond meal when we grind it ourselves. The recipe should use exactly 1/2 cup of the meal.

  18. Maria

    Lovely presentation, can’t wait to try this recipe, my kids will love it. The only thing I find a little bit off is suggesting the use of a microwave since the blog and your work is so awesomely health oriented.

  19. Elizabeth

    Forgot to add the cinnamon in the What To Do section! I’m assuming you put it in with the pepper and salt??

    1. Sonja

      I think so! You may want to watch the baking time in case it is affected. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  20. Ali

    These look wonderful! Do you think they would turn out as delicious if I substitute flax seed/water for the egg?

  21. Kendra

    Just made this!!! So good!! I used banana instead of butter and it tastes like chocolate banana bread. Wonderful recipe.

  22. Monica

    These look beautiful and sound delicious. I’m making them for company this Saturday…I can hardly wait to serve them. I will lift up supportive thoughts for your as your make other people’s lives brighter by sharing yours :)

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