Holy smokes friends! I feel like a whole new woman because I am bringing you the healthiest chocolate cake recipe!
We already have an amazing recipe for healthier chocolate cake on our site – but my friend Ashley is allergic to bananas and that recipe uses bananas as a healthy substitute for butter and sugar. So I really wanted to create a healthy chocolate cake recipe that didn’t call for bananas so she could enjoy it!
I am really impressed with how it turned out. Granted, it took 5 batches of trial and error to get the finalized recipe, but it was worth it.
The cake has 8 ingredients:
all purpose flour – but you can also sub whole wheat flour or gluten free flour
baking soda – to give the cake fluffiness
unsweetened cocoa powder – chocolate cake wouldn’t be chocolate cake without it!
honey – healthier substitute to granulated sugar
milk – for moisture
greek yogurt – healthy fat and makes make so moist
egg – structure and leavening
vanilla extract – hello, good in everything!
The frosting / topping on the cake is a little bit more of a cheat because it’s not entirely sugar free – but if you compare it to a regular buttercream frosting you’d put on a chocolate cake, this alternative is a lot healthier.
The frosting/topping is 2 ingredients:
cool whip – so creamy and light and about 165 calories for 1 cup
melted chocolate – adds nice rich chocolate flavor
If you’re wanting a different alternative to that topping you could make a coconut cream chocolate frosting (whip the coconut cream and add melted chocolate) or I have seen avocado chocolate frosting before.
In total the whole cake with the topping is only estimated to be 1,580 calories! Because the recipe is baked in a 8×8 inch pan, I cut the cake into 9 pieces – 1 piece is estimated to be 175 calories!
For someone who likes nightly dessert (Hi, that’s me!) this is great news!
Plus, Ryan is kind of a stickler for “real” dessert and when he tried this cake, he said he’d go back for seconds. So it’s husband approved. I also brought it to bible study and every single piece disappeared.
This is the healthy chocolate cake of your dreams!
Yield: 9 pieces
Total Time: 30 minutes