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Like every nine year old, I love treats, particularly those with chocolate! I even know just how bad sugar is for you.  Nowadays, even teenagers are being diagnosed with diabetes. This chocolate cake recipe has been perfected so that it is easy to prepare, even by children. It contains no sugar, instead, we’re going to use xylitol. To surprise you more, this recipe is eggless and butter-free, yet tastes so delicious that it leaves your palate craving for more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. For a gluten free recipe, use 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose gluten free flour + 1/4 teaspoon of xantham gum powder.
  • 1 cup xylitol
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cool water
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup combine water, oil, juice or vinegar, and vanilla.
  4. Add liquids to bowl & gently stir until there are no lumps (about 30 seconds).
  5. Pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in the pan and frost, glaze, or dust with powdered sugar.

Benefits Of Cocoa:

Cocoa contains chemical compounds that help maintain a healthy circulatory system by improving the elasticity of blood vessels. It is also known to promote brain function and is therefore good for your memory. Studies have also shown that cocoa relieves symptoms of bronchial asthma. Other scientific based evidence suggests that cocoa promotes glucose metabolism, improves insulin resistance and helps in lowering the LDL-cholesterol in the body. Last but not least, cocoa is known for its mood enhancing properties that reduce symptoms of depression.

 

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