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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.
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Makes: 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 the oven to 350F.
  2. If using almonds, grind the almonds very finely until the texture is light and fluffy.
  3. In a glass measuring cup of 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 here 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.
 

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Comments 43

  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 : )

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