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Healthy Vegan Chocolate Cake

This whole foods plant based chocolate cake recipe is made with simple healthy ingredients to create a rich decadent vegan dessert. This healthy vegan chocolate cake recipe is: refined sugar-free, oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even includes a hidden vegetable!
healthy vegan chocolate cake
The cake with chocolate covered strawberries smooth creamy avocado chocolate frosting

Today’s rich healthy vegan chocolate cake recipe is the perfect decadent vegan dessert recipe. I could not be more excited to share this recipe with you guys! This chocolate cake is made using simple whole foods plant based ingredients and is naturally sweetened. It is so delicious nobody will think it’s healthy!

Making a vegan healthy chocolate cake recipe has been something I’ve been wanting to create for such a long time. Baking was one of the first hobbies I really loved and practiced a lot growing up. Needless to say cakes hold a special place in my heart. When I was working on developing this vegan chocolate cake recipe I knew that I didn’t want to create just any healthy chocolate vegan cake recipe, but a cake recipe that is only made with the purest and healthiest ingredients out there. That’s exactly what this plant based recipe is: the best healthy vegan chocolate cake recipe! If you’re interested in more decadent healthy vegan desserts, I have plenty on my blog already and I am always adding more! Make sure to subscribe to my email list so you’re the first to know when the next one drops!

Some of my favorite healthy vegan dessert recipes:

healthy vegan chocolate cake slice with chocolate drizzle

Is vegan chocolate cake healthy:

You may be reading this question and thinking: “um obviously not, it’s cake!”. Normally I would agree with you. However, at it’s very core, chocolate cake can be healthy. This healthy chocolate cake recipes takes all the fundamentally healthy aspects of chocolate cake and none of the unhealthy ingredients to make the best healthy chocolate cake recipe!

What are the healthy aspects of chocolate cake you may ask? Well, first and foremost, cacao (not cocoa) is one of the highest sources of antioxidants out there! It also contains fiber, protein, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Second, chocolate cake contains whole grains. Even the most unhealthy cake recipe out there still contains some kind of grain. Instead of using a highly processed white grain, I opted for a gluten-free whole grain mix of oat and almond flour. Last, but not least this refined sugar free chocolate cake is naturally sweetened with maple crystals and date syrup. What are maple crystals? You can read more about them in the next paragraph!

How to make healthy vegan chocolate cake:

Like I said in the intro, this healthy vegan chocolate cake has been something I have been working towards for a long time. There were many cakes made in the process of making this cake, but given the fact that cakes are my favorite thing to bake, this healthy chocolate cake recipe had to be absolutely perfect in order to share it. How did I make this vegan chocolate cake healthy? There were a couple important ingredients that I used to achieve a healthy whole foods plant based chocolate cake:

Key ingredients to making refined sugar free chocolate cake:

  • Maple Crystals: If you’re new here, let me put you on one of the best natural sweeteners for baking out there! I only recently (in the last 6 months of so) discovered maple crystals from close up of the vegan healthy chocolate cake to show the creamy texture of the frosting

    Why make refined sugar free chocolate cake:

    Like I previously touched on, this healthy vegan chocolate cake is made using maple crystals to make the chocolate cake refined sugar free, but what about the frosting? How do you make refined sugar free vegan frosting? Date syrup baby! It’s no secret I love using dates around here, I mean they are natures candy! I love using date syrups to make recipes like this refined sugar free chocolate cake, because it is more solid than other plant based sweeteners, so it hold its shape better. The combination of date syrup and avocados makes the perfect healthy plant based chocolate frosting!

    overtop photo with textures

    How to make super moist vegan chocolate cake:

    Real quick I am going to share a little backstory with you. When I was little I was obsessed with making cakes. Not just any cakes though, I was into making cake boss types of cakes with fondant and everything. With that said, I’ve made more cakes than most people probably will in their entire life. I’ve made birthday cakes, wedding cakes, Holiday cakes, gender reveal cakes, you name it! Over the years of making and perfecting my cake recipes, I learned one simple trick that is sure to make the most moist cake ever.

    When you remove your cake from the oven, allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Then you will want to flip the cake onto a cooling rack that in lined with aluminum foil. Cover the cake completely with foil and place in the freezer to freeze overnight. The next day cover the cake in frosting while still cold, and allow to defrost in the fridge. This trick works great for this healthy chocolate cake recipe, or any cake recipe!

    What makes this the best vegan chocolate cake:

    If I have yet to convince you about how amazing this healthy chocolate cake recipe is, allow me one final chance to persuade you into making it. If all the previous points sound great, but you hate all the work that goes into cooking, do not fear. This refined sugar free chocolate cake is so simple to make! I seriously just threw all the cake ingredients together and baked, then tossed all the frosting ingredients into a blender, and boom! Just like that you get the best healthy vegan chocolate cake recipe!

    close up of the plant based frosting

    Ingredients for this healthy vegan chocolate cake:

    • Almond flour
    • Oat flour
    • Flaxseed
    • Maple Crystals “VEGAN10” for $10 off!
    • Applesauce
    • Vanilla extract
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Baking soda
    • Baking powder
    • Cashew Butter “VEGAN10” for $10 off
    • Cacao Powder
    • Sea salt
    • Plant based milk
    • Avocados
    • Date Syrup
    • Coconut Milk Powder “VEGAN10” for $10 off
    healthy vegan chocolate cake

    Healthy Vegan Chocolate Cake

    This whole foods plant based chocolate cake recipe is made with simple healthy ingredients to create a rich decadent vegan dessert. This healthy vegan chocolate cake recipe is: refined sugar-free, oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even includes a hidden vegetable!
    5 from 19 votes
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 30 mins
    Total Time 40 mins
    Course Dessert
    Servings 6 people


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    For the Frosting:


    To make the vegan chocolate cake:

    • Begin by preheating your oven to 350.
    • Make your flax egg and set aside to solidify. Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the applesauce, plant based milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and cashew butter in a small bowl and whisk together. Add to the dry goods and stir until combined.
    • Pour into your sprayed cake dishes and bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool before taking out of the pan. I like to freeze mine wrapped in aluminum foil to absorb the moisture. Make sure the cake is COMPLETELY cooled before frosting.

    To make the plant based chocolate frosting:

    • In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Allow to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes before using. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    This cake is so rich and fudgy! So amazing. No one would guess it is vegan!

  2. 5 stars
    This cake is so stunning! What I love the most is the frosting made out of avocados! Such an incredible and healthier option. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    The chocolate dipped strawberries on top are brilliant! Such a simple but elegant and special touch, especially for valentine’s day.

  4. 5 stars
    this chocolate cake is spectacular! so sweet and delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This cake is so delicious and perfect. I totally loved the frosting. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    I love this vegan chocolate cake! Such a nutritious and wholesome way to enjoy sweets.

  7. 5 stars
    Great to have a chocolate cake that is guilt-free and not miss out on flavor! Great recipe, thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    This is so good!!! And I love that it is vegan. Yum!

  9. 5 stars
    perfect dessert for a romantic night in or when you want to satisfy the kiddos

  10. Can I use egg in this receipe ?

  11. 5 stars
    wow what a decadent looking piece of cake!! can’t wait to try this recipe

  12. 5 stars
    I like your healthy spin on desserts! Looking forward to giving this guilt-free dessert a try.

  13. 5 stars
    so moist and delicious! love how guilt-free it is too!

  14. It’s amazing how something that looks so tempting can be so healthy. I love the idea of avocado-dates frosting. Fantastic cake 🤎

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