Keep Your Cheat Day Gluten Free With This Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate cake on SlowCarbFoodie.com

Gluten Free Chocolate cake on SlowCarbFoodie.comI don’t usually post non-slow-carb recipes, but everything counts if you include your cheat day, right?

There’s some good reason to keep a gluten-free diet even if you don’t necessarily keep it sugar free. Gluten messes up a lot of people, some may say the vast majority, even if most of us don’t realize it. You can find out by going gluten free for, say, 30 days and see what happens when you eat gluten again after that.

I got an email a few days ago with this recipe in it, and I’ve asked for a quick write up. Go nuts this cheat day with this gluten free chocolate cake!

Enter Brandon Baker of Loveletter Cakeshop in NYC:

If you find yourself suffering from a gluten sensitivity or just want to cut back on the amount of gluten you consume, you might be wondering how you’re going to replace the holy grail of gluten-rich foods: cake!

Ten years ago, it may have been a challenge to find a decent replacement that tastes as good as their conventional counterparts. Luckily for you my health-conscious friends, 2015 is a wonderful year to be eating gluten free. Take one bite into this chocolate cake and you’ll never guess it’s made of seven different kinds of flours and starches, not a single one of them containing a shred of gluten.

The key component of this recipe is the flour. You might be tempted to grab the first gluten free flour you see on the shelf, because hey, this is chocolate cake, and a high quality chocolate will mask any funny flavors, right? Maybe, but finding a neutral flavored flour is just half the battle. Your gluten free flour needs to be strong and hold its shape when mixed in with heavy ingredients like sugar, eggs, oil, and milk (or in this case, sour cream).

We’ve found the most reliable gluten free flour to be Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend. This is not a paid sponsorship, but rather the result of extensive testing at the Loveletter Cakeshop kitchen. No other flour tasted as good and held up as well as Pamela’s, and it also happens to be one of the most reasonably priced gluten free flours on the market. It’s composed mostly of rice flours and tapioca starch, with a little sorghum, potato, and arrowroot thrown in there as well. Trust me when I say it tastes fantastic.

Enjoy!

Decadent Chocolate Cake

Decadent Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/8 cups water
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • Ganache
  • 5.5 ounces melted dark chocolate
  • 5 ounces heavy cream
  • 0.5 ounces sugar

Instructions

    Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil two 8” round 2” deep cake pans. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Measure all wet ingredients except eggs into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix with paddle attachment on low speed and add dry ingredients slowly. After dry ingredients have combined thoroughly, add eggs one at a time. Continue to mix on low until fully combined.
  3. Divide batter between pans. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove pans and let come to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Turn onto wire racks.
  4. Ganache
  5. Melt chocolate gently using the double boiler method until all perfectly smooth and without lumps.
  6. Meanwhile, combine heavy cream and sugar and lightly boil. Very slowly, pour chocolate into the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Stir until just combined. Let settle for at least 20 minutes or until room temperature.

So what’s your favorite cheat day indulgence?

Five Reasons you Should Consider Going Gluten-Free

This is a guest post by Drew Manning of fit2fat2fit. While I agree with what he says, keep in mind that he’s not specifically referring to slow-carb. I don’t want to get hate mail about how quinoa isn’t slow carb or asking if bananas are OK on slow-carb. 😉

Fice Reasons You Should Go Gluten FreeThere are countless reasons to live a gluten-free life, but many find themselves turning toward this new lifestyle in an effort to cut out harmful, processed foods. Every day, people around the world make the choice to ditch gluten once and for all. These are five different reasons you should be making that choice as well.

1. A gluten-free diet gives you better access to vitamins and antioxidants.

For those who have lax eating habits, snacks typically take the form of heavily processed foods that contain questionable ingredients. However, on a gluten-free diet, vegetables and fruits are often eaten as snacks, and they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins! Seriously; try eating a banana in place of a bag of potato chips next time you’re craving a snack. You’ll feel lots better physically and mentally.

2. It will be easier to lose weight.

Are you struggling to get a stubborn 20 pounds off? A gluten-free lifestyle promotes healthier eating, which in turn leads to more weight lost if you’re trying to simultaneously diet. Going gluten-free will help you cut the starch from your diet, as well as the inches from your waist. Even if you weren’t initially planning on going gluten-free for a fresh diet, this is the best time to make the switch!

3. Digestion will no longer be difficult.

When’s the last time something you ate seemed to go down the “wrong pipe?” Research has shown the gluten-free eating can eliminate many digestive issues with ease. Foods that contain gluten are notorious for causing gas, cramping, diarrhea, and bloating. Pharmaceutical companies create medications that are designed to help with indigestion, but they often either don’t work or come packed with their own negative side effects. If you just make the switch to gluten-free food alternatives, you can kiss these issues goodbye naturally.

4. A gluten-free diet will give you quite the energy boost.

If you’re trying to eat healthy whilst keeping gluten in your diet, many of the nutrients and minerals consumed can be lost during digestion. Certain vitamins are directly linked to increasing energy levels, and without them, you can expect to suffer the ill effects of exhaustion. Try a gluten-free diet out for a few days, and you’ll likely find yourself skipping that cup of coffee in the mornings.

5. A gluten-free lifestyle broadens your horizons in terms of food choices.

When you neglect to make healthy food choices, you often go for not-so-nutritious meals that contain many of the same harmful ingredients. However, going gluten-free gives you lots of new food choices you never even knew you had. For example, flour is off limits on a gluten-free diet, but rice, quinoa, and ancient grains are often used in its place. The best part is that they taste wonderful! There are endless amounts of possibilities when you choose to go gluten-free.

Drew Manning is the owner and creator of fit2fat2fit.com. As a fitness coach and nutritional trainer he loves helping people succeed with their health goals. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife Lynn and their two daughters.

photo by Czarina Alegre on Flickr.