You May Be Surprised by How Healthy This Gooey Chocolate Cake Is

You May Be Surprised by How Healthy This Gooey Chocolate Cake Is

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The following post was originally featured on Fitnessista and written by Gina H., who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

As you can guess from the title, this recipe is all things good in the world: chocolate, gooey, cake, yes. They're also grain-free and accidentally egg-free. I went to add in the egg and we were out of eggs. Emergency crisis. I ended up giving them a whirl anyway, and the result is dense, fudge-y and glorious. The texture is a little different than a cake - they don't really "set" until you allow them to cool and can place in the fridge for a while, too - and they're dense and gooey. Basically they're nuts and chocolate; so pretty much like eating trail mix, right? Right. I'll stop trying to explain it and just say you should try it.

These brownies/cakes/bars/things are a little more labor-intensive than the usual holiday cookie, but I promise they are worth it. I mentioned this idea to the Pilot, and I'm pretty sure he asked me twice if I had made them yet. And then we ate half the pan and high-fived each other repeatedly.

These gooey cakes were inspired by the beloved Paula Deen versions (which if you haven't tried, you need to at least once in your life). I wanted to try creating layers, with a chocolate layer on the bottom, and a lighter, chocolate chip cookie layer on the top.

This is what happened: fudge brownies, topped with light and sweet cookie dough, with chocolate chips throughout.

From Fitnessista

Double Chocolate Paleo Gooey Cake

Notes

For dairy-free chocolate chips, check out the Enjoy Life brand.

Ingredients

For the brownie layer:
1 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted in the microwave or a double boiler
1 tablespoon chia seeds

For the cookie dough layer:
1 cup almond meal
Pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 ounces plain applesauce
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a small baking dish (I used 8x8) with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the brownie layer. I like to mix the melted chocolate chips with the coconut oil and honey before adding to the dry ingredients.
  3. Spread the brownie layer on the bottom of the dish, and place the dish in the freezer while you prepare the cookie dough layer.
  4. Combine all of the ingredients for the cookie dough layer in a large bowl. Gently spread on top of the brownie layer.
  5. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes until fluffy and golden.
  6. Allow to cool before serving. If you like a softer texture, enjoy straight out of the oven with ice cream. If you'd like these to set a bit more, allow to cool completely and place in the fridge for an hour or so.
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