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Fudgey Chocolate Cake

I’m going to be totally honest here – when I made this cake, I was actually trying to make brownies. Gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, blah blah brownies. I suppose part of the fun in being a novice “recipe developer” (cringe) with zero experience is that I never know what I’m going to get! Kidding…I usually know what I’m going to get. In this case, for example, I knew that after adding baking powder and having a good amount of flour in there that I was not likely to get the chewy brownies I was so hoping for. But I still ended up with something moist, rich, fudgey and indulgent and that’s all a girl could hope for.

Given that I wasn’t planning on making cake, I didn’t have ingredients to whip up homemade frosting but I did have Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting , pecans and Bare Natural Chocolate Coconut Chips which took the flavor to the next level. You know I’m alllll about the toppings! Make this your own by adding chocolate chips, nuts, caramel, you name it. Enjoy! xo

Nutritional Information: (not including toppings)

Yields: 16 pieces

Serving size: 1 piece

Calories: 172

Carbohydrates: 21g

Protein: 2.5g

Fat: 8.9g

Sugar: 11g

Fiber: 2.8g


+ 8x8 baking pan
+ 1 cup gluten free flour
+ 1/2 cup almond flour
+ 3/4 cup cacao powder
+ 1/2 cup coconut oil
+ 1/2 cup maple syrup
+ 1/4 cup agave
+ 2 tbsp chia seeds
+ 1tbsp baking powder
+ 1tsp vanilla extract
+ 1/2 tsp salt
+ optional: vegan chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit

2. In small bowl, combine chia seeds with 6tbsp of water. Let sit until gelatinized.

3. Melt coconut oil (just until warm, not hot) and mix with syrup, agave and vanilla in large mixing bowl

4. Separately, mix flour, cacao and baking powder and salt until even

5. Combine wet and dry ingredients, and chia mixture

6. Fold in chocolate chips or other filling if you're adding anything

7. Pour into greased (I used coconut oil) baking pan

8. Cook for 20-25 minutes but PLEASE CHECK IT! Stick a knife in the middle and when it comes out clean or mostly clean (depending on your preference) remove and let cool