Many people are great fans of chocolate cake, but if someone needs to follow a specific diet or needs to lose some weight, then this dessert should be avoided by all means. But, what if you can still enjoy this amazing treat and not gain any extra pound. It is possible if you prepare it in a different way meaning without butter or sugar but high in chocolate.
You may wonder how that is possible; the secret lies in the use of grated zucchini instead of butter and the use of Stevia instead of sugar. Stevia is a natural plant without calories which can offer the needed sweetness. On the other hand, the flour is being replaced by corn flour. In this way you will gain a super healthy cake, free of sugar, fat and gluten.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Chocolate can be very healthy for your body provided that is dark containing a large percentage of cocoa which is not the case with milk or white chocolate. This type of chocolate has in its content plenty of antioxidants like flavonoids which can protect from coronary heart disease and strokes.
Plus, the consumption of dark chocolate will boost the athletic performance due to the content of epicatechin which dilates the blood vessels and lowers the risk of a heart disease. Furthermore, it will lower hypertension, boost memory and concentration as a result of the theanine content. Finally, it contains theobromine and magnesium which can act as an anti-depressant by stimulating and regulating the nervous system.
Health Benefits of Zucchini
This vegetable is really low in calories, but rich in fiber and stimulates the intestinal transit. Further on, it has in its content lutein and zeaxanthin that belong to the family of carotenoids known for their antioxidant power protecting the eye tissue. Additionally, it contains rutin that protects against bad-LDL cholesterol.
Recipe of Chocolate Cake
This recipe will offer you a light fluffy chocolate cake that is very easy for preparation. Namely, the preparation time lasts for 40 minutes and the baking is for 30 minutes at 180 ° C.
The used ingredients are for 8 servings.
4 organic eggs
200 grams of organic zucchini, grated
20 grams of organic cocoa powder, unsweetened
30 grams of organic cornflour
200 grams of organic dark chocolate to bake (in the range of 50 to 70% of cocoa)
40 grams of stevia
A little vanilla extract
Start with breaking the chocolate into small pieces and then melting it in a bain-marie till there is a homogenous texture. Prepare the zucchini by first peeling them and then grate them but do not drain the liquid.
Take the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Use the egg yolks to whip them with stevia and a little vanilla extract. Then, whip the egg whites as well and gently include them into the mixture thus lifting the dough in order to gain the airy texture.
Place the resulting mixture into a nonstick pan and bake it for 30 minutes at 180 ° C. You can pour the rest of the melted chocolate on top of the cake and then smoothen it with a flat spatula. For nice looking cake, sprinkle it with coconut or hazelnut. Let it cool off, and after that cut it into nice pieces and enjoy the taste of your chocolate cake.