Your easy & one-bowl dessert – flourless chocolate cake
This vegan cake truly is effortless and amazing at the same time. If you are such a crazy chocolate lover as I am then you have definitely come to the right place (or blog post). This flourless chocolate cake foremost consists of raw cocoa powder, some rolled oats to give it a firm texture and apple sauce for natural sweetness and gooeyness (I don’t know if that word really exists). All you need to do is toss those ingredients into one bowl and start stirring. Well, there are some other steps you need to make as well but what I’d wanted to say is that this recipe is one of the easiest to make. And it is also really fool-proofed, anyone can make themselves an amazing flourless chocolate cake – including you!
Craving those healthier treats!
As there is absolutely no flour of any kind in this cake, there are less carbs in it of course but don’t forget the cocoa powder which contains carbs and fat as well. What makes this recipe healthier then? At first, I supplemented the white sugar with birch sugar and agave syrup. Birch sugar (or erythritol if you want to use that instead) can have a staste of their own and this is why I always like to use half of the amount with a sugar-free alternative and the other half with another form of sugar, in this case agave syrup. Check out my guide to sugar alternatives and get informed about the characteristics of each sweetener! Also, I used very little oil for this cake and used lots of apple sauce instead.
How to make it gluten-free?
For a gluten-free cake version, you need to make sure that the rolled oats and baking powder are gluten-free. In some baking powders there is some kind of flour in them as a parting agent, but some manufacturers use cornstarch instead. For the rolled oats, you need to look out for a gluten-free one, because some manufacturers use the same mills for all grains and therefore some gluten remainders could be in the oats.
I used rolled oats instead of oat flour in this recipe as oat flour is more expensive than simple rolled oats. I shred them with my blender into a flour-like texture. Feel free to use oat flour as well, but I really like to stick to the good old rolled oats as they work fine for me.
Raspberries – a great chocolate companion
The raspberries are totally optional but very recommended. I love to have them on the side as they go perfectly with all things chocolate. What you could also do is make some kind of jam out of them by simply cooking raspberries for a while and adding some sugar to it. Or simply decorate your cake with a few of them, they look really lovely.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
- 150 g cocoa powder unsweetened
- 100 g rolled oats, shredded or oat flour
- 80 g birch sugar or erythritol
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil sunflower or coconut
- 8 tbsp agave syrup
- 160 g apple sauce unsweetened
- 3 flax-eggs (3 tbsp flaxseeds, ground + 8 tbsp water)
- 300 ml water
- raspberries for decoration optional
- First, you need to prepare the flax eggs. Do this by simply mixing shredded flaxseeds with water in a bowl and let it soak for about 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, prepare the batch for the cake: start by shredding the rolled oats with a food processor or blender (or use oat flour). Put the shredded oats, cocoa powder, birch sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Stir them very well
- Now add oil, agave syrup, apple sauce, flax eggs and water to your bowl and mix everything together with an egg whisk
- Take a greased round cake pan with 24 cm diameter and pour the dough into it
- Bake the cake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for 15 minutes
- Decorate your cake with raspberries or spread some cocoa powder on top of it (by sifting it through a sieve)
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