Chocolate Cake… two words that will make most people’s ears perk up and their mouths will start watering.
Getting healthy and fit does not mean that you have to completely abandon the things that taste the best to you. As with anything, you can still enjoy your favorite things but, MODERATION is key. If you have a sweet tooth enjoy a nice small slice of chocolate. If you want a brownie or some ice cream stick to the actual serving size that is recommended on the size of the box (yes that means measuring out or weighing out the correct portions) instead of just guessing at the amount that you think is “a small portion of food”.
Another trick that I have learned is to find other recipes that provide the same great taste of regular treats but carry more nutritional macronutrients. There are a lot of recipes out there…so try out a few to see what you will like the best! And never be afraid to change recipes around s that they contain things that YOU like. It may take several attempts to get the recipe down the way you like but that is the fun part…trying to figure out what will turn out delicious (and nutritious!)
Today I am sharing the recipe of an outstanding treat. Sweet potato chocolate cake. It is very flavorful moist, and honestly taste the exact same as other chocolate treats that you can get at the store.
What you will need:
(Put all of these ingredients into a food processor)
2 whole eggs
1 cup cooked sweet potato
40-50 stevia drops (Or other sources of sweetener. You can also use sugar or honey)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
2 scoops protein powder (I used 1st Phorm Whey Protein)
4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
8 tablespoons cocoa powder (or dark chocolate cocoa powder)
4 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
What you will do:
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees
- Blend all of the above ingredients together VERY WELL!
- Place combined ingredients into a muffin pan (or you can make a pan of brownies and later cut them into desirable slices).
- Cook these for 20 – 25 minutes checking them periodically
- IMPORTANT: *make sure you use either silicone bake ware or line your bake ware with parchment paper. It makes the cake cook evenly and helps to limit the outside cooking faster than the inside (making it easier to separate after it has cooled).
I typically will make a few dozen of these and keep them in the freezer. This allows them to last a lot longer. When you would like to enjoy one just pop it in the microwave and top with a dollop of peanut butter, whip cream, Greek yogurt, or even low calorie ice cream (like Arctic Zone). The great thing about this recipe is that you can get very creative! You an add nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, or anything else you would like. BUT BE CAREFUL with the amount of things that you add. The more you add the more you compromise the good nutritional value of this healthy treat.
Try this out on your own and dress it up however you like. If you decide to try it post it on instagram and tag the picture with #infinitelifefitness so that I can see it!
Hope that you are able to enjoy them as much as I do!.