I purchased a bag of locally grown cacao powder on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Cacao is cocoa in its raw form. It’s less refined and retains many nutrients because it isn’t heated like cocoa.
I brought this cake to a pizza party, and nobody could tell it was gluten free, only describing it as a healthier tasting brownie. I did try to make this cake as healthy as possible, cutting down on sugar, oil, and using 100% whole grain flour. The chocolate flavor is still rich and the texture moist and light. It’s meant to be an everyday, quick bake kind of cake, healthy enough for breakfast and sweet enough for dessert.
This is a simple cake. You can add nuts, bake them as muffins, cupcakes, layer cakes, whatever you want!
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Generously grease a 9 by 9 inch square pan with butter or coconut oil, or line the pan with parchment paper, then grease.
- Mix melted butter (or olive oil), mashed banana, sugar, and vanilla until smooth, then beat in the eggs.
- Whisk flour, cacao powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
- Beat the dry mix into the wet mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the pan, let it sit for 5 minutes, then bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.