Believe me when I say, you can eat healthy, gluten free desserts without any added sugar and still enjoy a dish of decadence! Say sayonara to feeling deprived when you’re watching your weight or cleaning up your diet!
If it sounds too good to be true, we thought so, too, until we discovered Chef Danielle Shine’s Vegan Sweet & Healthy Chocolate (Eggplant) Muffins. After adding a little Sprout and Rosebud sparkle, we must say, of all our veggified recipes, this one takes the cake!
The rich flavor of the cacao mixed with the hint of coffee is a mouth-watering combo, and provides an antioxidant, free-radical fighting along with the … eggplant! Stay with us; it’s delicious, and you don’t even taste it. It even impressed the very picky meat-and-potatoes-minded dinner guests!
The sweetness of the pitted dates (aka no sugar!) and the maca come together, and you’ve got yourself quite a sweet treat to boost your mood and your body.
PS. These also freeze beautifully, and can be used for on-the-go breakfasts & snacks!
Too Good to Be True Cake
- 1 small to medium eggplant, or 1/2 cup steamed eggplant, once squeezed
- 1 bar of dark chocolate – 70% or higher is best; we used 88%
- 2 tbsp ghee, olive oil, coconut oil or a blend of all three
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh ground coffee
- 8-10 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup gluten free flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
Note: you can make this recipe vegan by omitting eggs and relying on oil instead of butter or ghee. For Paleo, sub your gluten-free flour with almond flour. If steering clear of nightshades, omit the eggplant, keep the eggs, and you’ve still got yourself a rich antioxidant infused dessert!
- Chop eggplant into large chunks and steam.
- Pre-heat oven 400F.
- Once eggplant is mushy, peel off the skin, if desired, and squeeze as much of the liquid out as you can.
It will be a mess! If you have kids, now’s the time to get their help because it’s a lot of fun, and also kind of gross. 🙂
- Place lump of eggplant in food processor with dates, eggs, cacao, ground coffee, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Break up the bar of dark chocolate into chunks (lessens melting time) and on medium-low heat, melt along with the oil or butter until liquid, stirring constantly to prevent burning or sticking.
- Pour into food processor.
- Add gluten free flour to processor, and blend until well combined, scraping down the sides when needed.
- Pour mixture into pre-greased baking tin.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until an inserted fork comes out almost clean.
(Sometimes, with gluten free baking, the goods will get dry if baked fully, like traditional baked goods. Either way, if the texture is not perfectly to your liking, slice some fruit on it, drizzle tahini or frost with an icing of your choice, and neither you, nor your guests, will be able to tell! 🙂
- Remove from oven, leave to cool for a few minutes, then flip onto a wire cooling rack until ready to serve.
- Serve & enjoy!
As always, we love hearing how you take these recipes and further customize and create ones that are yours! Share your creations with us on social media or leave us a comment below!
Cheers to decadent gluten-free goodness!