Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate Cake

Positive Vitality’s Chocolate Cake is dairy free, gluten and wheat free, GMO free, no added soya or processed sugar, no artificial sweetener, Vegatarian and Paleo

This Chocolate Cake is totally guilt free, you can prepare it as a healthy sweet treat for any occasion. This Chocolate Cake is made from ingredients that are trully health benefiting. Beside the health aspect this Chocolate Cake is really really tasty!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (2 3/4 oz) or raw cacao powder
1/2 cup (2 3/4 oz) coconut flour
2 1/2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
6 organic eggs
1/4 cup of raw honey
1/2 cup (4 1/2 fl oz) olive oil
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla paste/ essence

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F)
Combine the cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt into a mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, honey, vanilla, coconut milk and olive oil.
Mix well until smooth and combined – a whisk works well for this. Pour into a 20 cm (9 inch) baking tin lined with baking paper. Bake the cake for 55 – 60 minutes or until cooked through.
Best to test after 45 to make sure as oven temps may vary. Remove from the oven and cool.

Health benefits: 

Cacao powder

Cacao: 2 tbsp. serving of cocoa contains just 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat. It also provides you with 3.6 g of fiber, which is 14 percent of the daily value, and 8 percent of the daily value of iron and 14 percent of the daily value of magnesium. Cocoa also contains approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram. Flavonoids are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, and cocoa is one of the highest polyphenol-containing foods. In addition, hot cocoa contains more antioxidants per cup than a serving of red wine or tea.

Cocoa contains the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a mood elevator and natural antidepressant. Cocoa may also have the ability to boost endorphins and serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. More than that cocoa supports healthy looking skinenhances the immune system and brain function.

Coconut

Coconut: eating coconut meat appears to protect against heart disease and stroke as well. As it turns out, coconut meat’s measurable vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols, all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol, which are fats that stay in the blood and in skin tissues and high levels of which have been found a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

The MCTs in coconut are converted into ketone bodies as well which show potential as a replacement energy substrate for the brain, potentially offering a dietary therapy approach to alleviating the symptoms and possibly even preventing  the onset of neurological diseases. Moreover using ketones instead of glucose as energy source we teach our bodies how to burn fat as a fuel and become leaner.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown to normalize blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by improving the ability to respond to insulin. It also lowers cholesterol. Diabetics can also reduce their risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease by consuming even one daily gram (about 1/3 teaspoon) of cinnamon. It helps thin the blood and prevent unwanted clumping of platelets. It is so effective as an anticoagulant that patients taking prescription blood thinners are warned not to take cinnamon in concentrated form such as supplements or extracts.  Cinnamon has antimicrobial qualities to support the immune system and prevent colds and flu. It has been proven to help stop the growth of bacteria, fungus and the common yeast Candida.  One study showed that it is an effective alternative to chemical food preservatives and just a few drops of essential oil of cinnamon added to refrigerated carrot broth prevented the growth of food-borne pathogens for up to 60 days. Cinnamon enhances cognitive processing and was found to improve test subjects scores related to attention, memory and visual-motor speed when working at a computer.



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By | 2017-08-15T10:59:50+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Desserts, Paleo, Recipes|Comments Off on Chocolate Cake

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker.

Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland.

In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance.

Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.