An adaptation of EatingWell's popular Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake, this recipe is from reader Barr Hogen of San Francisco.
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened "natural" cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup whole flaxseeds, ground (see Ingredient Notes)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup rice bran oil or canola oil (see Ingredient Notes)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup prune puree (see Ingredient Notes), prune pie filling or Sunsweet Lighter Bake
- 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).
Spread nuts in a small baking pan and bake until golden and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix hot water and prune puree (or pie filling or Lighter Bake) in a measuring cup; add to the batter and whisk until incorporated. Fold in chocolate and the nuts with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto the rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Flaxseeds - These are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. Flaxseeds are perishable, so purchase whole seeds (instead of ground flax meal), store in the refrigerator and grind in a clean coffee grinder or dry blender just before using.
Rice bran oil - This oil is made from the nutritious bran and germ layers of rice. It has a high smoke point, 490 degrees F, making it an excellent choice for frying, and a delicate flavor, so it is ideal for baking. Look for it in natural-foods stores.
Prune puree - To make puree, combine 6 ounces (1 cup) pitted prunes with 6 tablespoons hot water in a food processor; process until smooth. Makes 1 cup.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
266 calories; 10g total fat; 2g total saturated fat; 27mg cholesterol; 342mg sodium; 44g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 5g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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