You can’t beat a good chocolate cake and this is definitely a good chocolate cake! It’s totally vegan and totally yummy! This was inspired by a delicious cake my friend Vicky made so I thought I’d have a go at veganising and gluten-freeing it! 🙂
You will need:
250g cooked Beetroot
250g unrefined Raw sugar (coconut palm sugar etc)
190g self-raising gluten free Flour
60g raw Cacao powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
3 tbsp Chia seeds soaked in 9 tbsp water
180 ml Almond oil (or other non flavoured oil)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Chocolate extract (or extra Vanilla if you don’t have this)
Preheat the oven to 170 C. Lightly grease a 23 cm diameter cake tine.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cacoa and bicarbonate of soda. Then stir in the sugar. Pop the cooked beetroot in to a food processor and blend until smooth. Place this in to a sieve over another bowl and push out any juices with the back of a spoon. You don’t need the juice for this recipe but don’t bin it – you can throw it in to a smoothie 🙂
Put the beetroot pulp back in to the processor and then turn on the motor and add the soaked chia seeds, vanilla and chocolate extract (if using) and then slowly pour in the oil.
Mix until well blended. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add the beetroot mixture. Gently fold together with a large spoon. Pour the mixture in to the cake tin and place in the oven for 35 -40 mins (or until a skewer comes out clean). Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 – 10 mins in the tin, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.
Then enjoy with a cup of tea (and maybe a cat)! 🙂