Sometimes you just need a healthy dessert that’s guilt-free, easy to make and tastes amazing. You know, like chocolate cake? Well this no bake vegan chocolate cake is the answer to all your questions. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and it doesn’t contain any refined grains or nightshades. So basically this frosting-less chocolate cake is not only gluten-free but also refined sugar-free. Furthermore this recipe doesn’t require you to spend more time in the kitchen than you have to. All you need is a few ingredients and about 40 minutes of your time. And if that doesn’t sell you on giving it a try? Well maybe watching me make this vegan chocolate cake will do the trick.
What is the secret to a healthy vegan chocolate cake?
The secret to a healthy vegan chocolate cake is mainly due to the fact that it is not made from animal products. Instead of using eggs, you use either almonds or walnuts. And because of that, you get a super moist, dense and rich cake that is not only easy to make, but also very easy to decorate. When you make a cake without eggs, you are basically making an egg-free, cholesterol-free, low-fat dessert. That being said, you should still consume healthy fats in your diet to keep your body healthy and your brain strong. In this case, the healthy fats come from avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils like coconut and olive.
How to make No Bake Vegan Chocolate Cake
Cocoa, dairy and nightshades – all words that usually send shivers down the spines of vegans. But actually, there is no need to worry as this chocolate cake recipe is dairy-free and contains no milk, butter, dairy products or animal-based ingredients. If there was one thing to take away from this post, it would be to mix your own cocoa powder. There are many brands out there that are not very good quality, have too much sugar and are actually very harmful for your body. You can easily mix your own cocoa powder with rice milk, almond milk or coconut milk.
No Bake Vegan Chocolate Cake – The Best Recipe Ever
- 1/3 cup peanuts or nuts/seeds
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil Cashew
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2/3 cup raw cashews soaked
- 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil or cacao butter
- Process peanuts with a pinch of salt in a food processor.
- Add peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice), vanilla extract, and maple syrup and blend again.
- Add coconut oil and blend one more time.
- Transfer the mixture to a 4 to 5-inch (10-12 cm) springform and press it down with a spoon. Set aside.
- Add the soaked cashews to a blender, along with canned coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and cocoa powder.
- Blend on high speed until completely smooth and lump-free, scraping down the sides of the blender with a spatula, if needed.
- Pour the chocolate cream over the crust, tap the springform a few times and chill it in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours.
- Remove the mini cake from the springform and let it thaw until it’s soft, about 20-30 minutes, then enjoy. You can, optionally, pour vegan melted chocolate on top, if you like and chill the cake for about 10 minutes, until the chocolate firms up a bit.
What is the difference between Dutch and American cocoa powder
Contrary to what most people think, American cocoa powder is actually not healthier than Dutch cocoa powder. American cocoa is actually made from more refined sugar and is typically below 20% cocoa content. On the other hand, Dutch cocoa powder is actually known to have more antioxidants and is actually one of the healthiest kinds of cocoa available. Unfortunately, most supermarkets now exclusively sell American cocoa powder and if you want to enjoy the real thing, you have to buy it online. Luckily, there are really effective and reliable ways to do that. First, you can buy a Dutch cocoa powder online from De Lijn. They have a huge range of health benefits, taste amazing, and come in pretty packets that make them even easier to store and take with you on the go.
Make Vegan Chocolate Cake – The Easy Way
For beginners, you can try making this vegan chocolate cake in two different ways. The first method is to use a store bought chocolate cake mix. If you are making this for a crowd, make sure to find a cake mix that is already baked and cooled. The second way to make this cake is to use a mix that is 99% natural. This is the way that professional bakers make vegan cakes and don’t require anything extra. The result will be a beautiful, dense, moist chocolate cake that is both dairy-free and very easy to make.
Make Chocolate Cake – Oven Style
If you don’t mind waiting for the oven to cool down a bit before you can turn it off, you can make this cake in two different styles. The first style is to use a muffin tin and fill each muffin half way with salad or baby spinach leaves. Put the salad leaves in the bottom half of the muffin pan, followed by the baby spinach leaves. Then, put the top half of the muffin pan on top of the salad leaves and bake in the oven for about 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.
The second style is to make this cake in a large glass bowl. Take the bowl out of the oven, cover it with a kitchen towel and leave it to cool for about 15 minutes before you remove the bowl from the towel and place it in the fridge to chill for about an hour. You can also chill the bowl in the fridge for about two hours before you make the cake.
Without Eggs, With Nuts or With A Mixture Of Both!
If you are looking for a cake that is full of flavours, but not so dense that it’s difficult to cut, you can try making this cake without using eggs. The other ingredients are similar to those in the recipe above, with the exception of using sun-dried tomatoes and nutritional yeast instead of baking soda and cream of tartar. If you don’t like tomatoes, you can always opt for making this cake without tomatoes. The nutritional yeast and cream of tartar can be left out too. In fact, you can even try adding in your favorite seasonings like dried herbs and spices, stevia or a little bit of cocoa powder.
The last things
The only way to enjoy all the benefits of healthy, dense vegan chocolate cake without having to compromise your diet or your health is to make it yourself. So, here’s how you can make your own dairy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, easy to make vegan chocolate cake.