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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Recipe: Healthy Paleo Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

The Best Healthy Paleo Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe – easy, one bowl recipe, gluten free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean eating recipe

Sometimes I think I should start a paleo blog... 

You see, whilst I'm not paleo (because pasta = life), I have a SERIOUS obsession with paleo baked goods... particularly paleo breads.

You'd think that would be enough paleo cake/bread recipes... but whilst we were overseas, I was dreaming of another...

The Best Healthy Paleo Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe – easy, one bowl recipe, gluten free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean eating recipe

Enter this Paleo Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe. In our house, we've been calling it a Jaffa Cake because it tastes just like a jaffa - rich and chocolatey with a hint of orange. 

It's moist and delicious and seriously easy to make. All you need is one bowl, a few minutes of your time to mix them all up and an hour to bake. Before you know it, your home will smell like heaven and you'll have a loaf of deliciousness ready to devour. 

And, you might be like I used to, thinking that chocolate and orange is a HORRIBLE combination that should not exist... but this recipe might change your mind too... it certainly changed mine!

So let me share the recipe with you >> 

The Best Healthy Paleo Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe – easy, one bowl recipe, gluten free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean eating recipe

Healthy Paleo Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake Recipe
makes one loaf that is gluten free, grain free, paleo, 
refined sugar free, clean eating friendly and dairy free

1 cup (240g) unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup (110g) honey*
3 1/2 tbsp (50g) butter or coconut oil, melted 
4 eggs (~200g)
The juice and zest of half a large orange**
1/2 cup (55g) coconut flour (I recommend this one for the best results!)
1/2 cup (50g) almond meal
1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (75g) milk chocolate chips 
  • Preheat your oven to 170C/340F.
  • Grease and line a small loaf tin (we used this deep loaf tin) and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine your applesauce, honey, vanilla extract, melted butter/oil, eggs and orange juice and zest. 
  • Mix in your coconut flour, cocoa, baking soda and almond meal and allow to sit for two minutes. The mix will look really runny at first, but the coconut flour will soon absorb the liquid and form a thicker batter. 
  • Pour your lemon bread mixture into your prepared loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes before place a piece of foil over the top (just place it, don't wrap it) to stop the loaf from browning and then baking for a further 20-30 minutes or until your loaf is cooked through and a skewer inserted into the middle removes clean.
  • If your bread is browning too quickly but isn't cooked in the middle, cover it with foil.
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  • We find this cake keeps best in a sealed container in the refrigerator and it will keep for 2-3 days. You can also freeze the slices by wrapping the slices individually and storing them in a sealed zip lock bag in the freezer.
*If you like your baked goods really sweet, increase this to 1/2 cup. You can also use equal amounts of maple syrup.
**If you want your cake to have a really strong orange flavour, use the juice and zest of a whole orange, however, I found half an orange to be the perfect amount.

Chocolate and Orange, yay or nay? 
And if you were going to start a blog that covered JUST ONE THING, what would it be about? 
Mine would probably be about paleo cakes, all the different ways you can eat peanut butter, books or just a diary of how clumsy I am (no seriously, I am THE CLUMSIEST person you'll ever meet... yesterday alone I; a) got my hand pulled into the hoselink hose reel, brusing my thumb and pointer finger b) somehow managed to cut my thumb and get blood EVERYWHERE c) somehow manage to cut the webbing bit between your thumb and pointer finger whilst drying my blender d) ran into the kitchen bench that has ALWAYS been there and yet I always hit).... 

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