This chocolate cake is grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly and delicious. It’s a delicious way to satisfy your Paleo sweet tooth.
I have been finding it hard to resist chocolate lately, especially after I made an all-chocolate version of the Black & White Cake from The Paleo Kitchen. I confess to eating more than my fair share – but it was just so delicious. What’s not to like – it is made with chocolate and coconut.
If making black and white checkerboard cake; ½ cup (50 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, if making a solid chocolate cake. Recipe reprinted with permission from The Paleo Kitchen, copyright 2014. Nutrition information is an approximation.
For the Cake
For the Ganache
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 532Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 8g
If making black and white checkerboard cake; ½ cup (50 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, if making a solid chocolate cake.
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Paleo Kitchen, copyright 2014.
Nutrition information is an approximation.
- If you use a springform pan, be sure to place a baking sheet or something else underneath it. Some of the oil may leak out.
- If available, try using a liquefied coconut oil – the variety that stays liquid at room temperature. The coconut oil that I used firms up when cold; therefore when I added cold eggs some of the oil solidified. That was okay because once it starting baking it melted. (Perhaps that is why my springform pan leaked a little.)
- Be patient. Maybe it’s because my oven needs to be replaced, but it took about 37 minutes for the cake to bake in my oven.
The Paleo Kitchen Cookbook
At the beginning of the book is Juli’s story. Like many people, she loved convenience foods, hated vegetables, and did not understand the importance of food. At one point, she ended up in the emergency room because of digestive issues and intense abdominal pain. She was not given a diagnosis and her physician did not question her diet. In 2010 she began to question what she ate and started doing CrossFit. Her diet then became a key factor in her life. She ended up removing all processed foods from her diet and went completely Paleo. She began taking pictures of food that she had recreated from other blogs and posted them to her gym’s website. Next thing she knew, she was creating her own recipes and began sharing them on her own blog.
George’s relationship with food was different than Juli’s. He struggled with weight problems as a child and developed an unhealthy body image. When he tried to enlist in the Marine Corps, he was told that he was overweight and had to lose 43 pounds. He lost the weight, but in an unhealthy manner by going long periods without eating and working out extensively. He made it into the Corps and was deployed to Somalia in 2004. His unhealthy obsession with getting as big and strong as possible led him to weigh in at 253, which is a fair amount for a 5’7″ man. Through his own workouts and the forced marches, he developed exercise-induced compartment syndrome and nearly lost both of his legs. After his recovery, he likewise started CrossFit in 2010 and adopted a Paleo lifestyle. After his deployments ended in 2011, he attempted to teach himself how to cook and began his blog as a place to post his recipes and to hold himself accountable.
In the Let’s Get Started section of the book, there is a Paleo checklist of what you should and should not be eating. There are also tips for getting started on the Paleo journey, advice on how to makeover a kitchen for a Paleo lifestyle, seasonal lists for fruits and vegetables, as well as lists of nonperishables that help to make the Paleo kitchen complete. A section on the tools and equipment has been included along with the rationale for the various devices. Want to know how to shop smarter? They have included their tips on that, too, as well as how to cook smarter. Dining out can be daunting for those who are trying to stick to their Paleo diet. George and Juli know that and have included tips and suggestions to make it easier.
Getting into the meat of the book, there are eleven chapters of recipes, covering breakfast to dessert and everything in between. I like to skip to the back of the book where there is a photo index of all of the recipes.
Gorgeous full-color photos of the recipes grace the pages of the book.
Juli and George have quite a few recipes for chocolate goodies on their blogs. Some recipes that I am looking forward to making are:
- Soft & Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies
- Double Chocolate Almond Espresso Muffins
- Cookie Pie Ice Cream Bites (I could go for these right now!)
- Double Chocolate Brownies
- Glazed Chocolate Doughnut Holes, and
- Paleo Chocolate Haupia.
Look for it at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.