Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake #grainfree #chocolate #cake
I try to supplement my chocolate cravings in creative ways that help me avoid succumbing to sitting on the floor of the pantry with my arms elbow deep in a family-sized chocolate chip bag. While sometimes I end up turning to the dark side, other times I surprise myself and come up with a creative way to satisfy my craving and feel good doing it.

In general, some of the strategies I use to feel good about snacking are:

  1. Listening to my body. When I first stated off on this whole intuitive eating thing I struggled with – is this an emotional craving, or do I actually need chocolate right now? That’s a hard question to answer when all you have is dark chocolate on the brain, but it’s IS possible.
  2. Accepting my “failures”. If I have a bad moment and I find myself mindlessly eating something less-optimal I don’t beat myself up over it. I accept that I enjoyed the snack, that I’ll be OK and I move on.
  3. Letting things slide. If I’m going camping I’m going to have marshmallows… refined sugar, gelatin and all. 12 marshmallows a year never killed anyone!
  4. Building up an arsenal of healthy snack options. The more tools you have in your tool kit, the more prepared you’ll be to make healthier choices.
  5. Keeping healthy things around me. I don’t want to snack on jube jubes, chips, pop and candy bars so I don’t buy them. Instead, I load the fridge up with fresh fruits, veggies, and loads of homemade snacks.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake #grainfree #chocolate #cake

It’s easy to get lost in the store-bought healthy snack craze but eating healthy doesn’t need to be expensive. Preparing whole food snacks in the comfort of your own home will always, always be better than anything you can find in a store.

Some of my all-time favorite (chocolate) weekly treats are 5 ingredient chewy coconut cookies, pea-not chocolate truffles, and no bake brownie fifteens. While I can generally be found making either three of these on a weekly basis, this past week I was looking to expand my gluten-free chocolate snack recipe collection which is how I landed on this new jem.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake #grainfree #chocolate #cake

He’s a light fella, coming in just under 300 calories and 8.5 grams of sugar. He’s got quite a bit of fat around the edges, but it’s the good kind so he’s not worried… and neither am I. Best of all, not only does he taste like a dessert, but he’ll give you 1 full serving of protein.

Natural, homemade goodness.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake #grainfree #chocolate #cake

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake
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Serves: 1 cup, 1 serving
Mini fudge cake to help squash your chocolate cravings without going off track. High in protein, low in sugar, and still sinfully delicious!
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine all ingredients but chocolate chips in a small bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Drop mixture into a ~250mL (1 cup) oven safe ramekin. top with chocolate chips.
  4. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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    If you have chocolate protein powder, replace the hemp protein and cocoa powder with 3 tablespoon protein powder. I’ve been told that rice, vega, whey and pea protein work well with these cakes as well.
    Can be made vegan by removing egg white, replacing with 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax + 3 tablespoon warm water left to sit for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder to the recipe. The cake will be very dense, will not rise as well, but is really good!

    Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake #grainfree #chocolate #cake

    What are your favorite homemade snacks?

    How do you approach healthy snacking for you and/or your family?

    Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Cake #grainfree #chocolate #cake

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    1. Lately I’m a snacker, I usually have 3 a day but try to keep it healthy. Fruit and kefir, fruit and nut butters, or macadamia nuts have been my favorites lately. But there is the inevitable endless amounts of free cheese at the store I work at that winds up being a snack once in a while and that’s fine too!

      • I just found out that I’m not allergic to macadamia nuts. My gosh, what a great discovery, they’re SO good!

    2. OMG, I can’t wait to try it. Looks delicious. I am the same. I try to make healthier snacks and sweet treats to keep them close to me so I don’t feel so guilty. Using protein powder in my snacks is a great way to satisfy cravings. Do you think I can use a liquid sweetener instead of xylitol ? -I don’t have it right now.
      Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      • I’m sure you could use liquid sweetener. This recipe is pretty forgiving. 1 tablespoon should do the trick!

    3. Once again, I am reminded that I should read your posts before making breakfast! (It’s ok to have choc chips for breakfast, right?) ;) Strangely, I’ve never had strong chocolate cravings but when it comes to avoiding foods I know are less than great for me, I do it by keeping those things out of sight, and thinking/reminding myself about how much better nutritious food will make my body feel. Of course, there’s the occasional treat though. Like you said, the odd marshmallow here and there never killed anyone! :)

      • Haha it’s totally okay to have chocolate for breakfast… and if it’s not, we can break the rules together!

    4. Well this just looks amazing..I am nearly speechless..dark chocolate…and fudge..yes I will take double and triple that single one! :)

    5. Fave homemade snacks, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 c. almond milk, 1-2 packets of stevia & some cinnamon. The blueberries freeze the milk a bit, so I kinda feel like I’m eating a frozen yogurt-sh something.

      Lovely cake idea! Looks A-mazing, as always Leann.

      • Oh wow, that sounds amazing, Janae! I’m totally going to try adding frozen fruit in a bowl with almond milk. Love this idea…

    6. I LOVE the photos in this post Leanne! The deep dark chocolate brown on that robin’s egg blue is just gorgeous. Not to mention all that chocolate, that’s gorgeous too ;)

      • Ah, thanks Andrea! Chocolate is always SO hard to take pictures of. Glad you think it worked out okay :)

    7. Sometimes in the evening I just want chocolate chips, but I know that one serving will lead to several unless I give it some staying power. So microwavable protein cakes or hot cocoa with a good dose of healthy fats and a sprinkle of chocolate usually does the trick.

      • Hot cocoa is a great idea, I haven’t had it in years!

    8. YUM! My go to snack is a protein cake I concocted myself. I use pureed fruit like banana or pineapple, then add protein powder, egg whites, a little coconut flour and buckwheat flour added, chia seeds, coconut milk and a tsp of coconut oil, as well as valencia stevia. I make it all fluffy with baking powder, baking soda and a tad of vinegar, and when it bakes i take it out when its still slightly gooey in the middle. I then pour 2 tb of melted unsweetened carob chips on top, and add a few sliced peaches. I eat it every single day!

      • Wow, barb… that sounds unreal! I love the idea of using coconut flour and keeping it a bit gooey. That’s my favorite!

    9. I made a protein muffin for the first time in … YEARS? this morning. tomorrow I will make THIS one ;)

    10. I am actually not a chocolate person…I know, shocker. However, ever since I’ve started incorporating chocolate in my diet in healthy foods I’ve actually started to crave it more. This looks amazing!

    11. This will definitely save me from my chocolate cravings. They are fierce! Thanks so much for the recipe. I think I’ll be making a couple a week, without any guilt.

      • I was introduced to snacking on unsweetened chocolate baking bricks from you! Ah, so good :)

    12. Yum, this looks really good! I have some Sunwarrior protein that I can use–but only vanilla. So I think I can just not include any sweetener (since sun warrior has stevia), and still add cocoa.

      My go to homemade snack is what I refer to as an energy bite. The directions are on my blog if you’re interested. I make a huge batch every two weeks. I keep them in the fridge and my husband and I can grab-n-go as we’d like.

    13. This post could not sound more like me!! I was good about only keeping healthy snacks and homemade treats around while I lived in an apartment at school, but since I moved home I don’t have as much control over what’s in the kitchen…. so it’s been super challenging to resist the ice cream and sugary chocolate chips always stocked in the kitchen!
      Definitely can’t wait to try this fudgey cake :) My favorite healthy treat are these “cookie dough bliss balls” on my blog: http://blissfulbitesbymicha.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/cookie-dough-bites-of-bliss/
      made with peanut flour, grain-sweetened chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. I like to make a big batch to keep in the freezer for an instant treat when that chocolate-peanut butter-salty-sweet craving hits :)

    14. Hey Leanne!! This looks amazing!! I have never tried xylitol….Do you always use it in baking and do you order it from Amazon? You are so good at being thrifty I am always sure you have found the best deals!!!:) Thank you!

      • Hi Melanie – I switched over from stevia a couple of months ago for a bunch of different reasons – the taste, price, and my sister was sharing with me that stevia isn’t so safe for humans. She’s studying neuroscience so I trust her opinion on those sorts of things! When Kevin goes to London I ask him to stock up on xylitol for me. It’s SO cheap there and all of the brands are sourced from birch instead of corn like many of the brands here. I know you can get it from Amazon for a pretty good price and many health food stores carry it.

    15. I love dropping by to drool over your latest creations and today I’m featuring this post in Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s always a pleasure following you…

      • Why thank you! No objections whatsoever. Thanks for sharing my blog with your readers :)

    16. Thank you for this recipes Leanne! What I like best is that it has protein to promote satiety and it’s an individual (no need to share) serving. Oh yeah, and it has chocolate :) What a great combo!

    17. Made this tonight – yummy!!!! Did spread a little natural PB on the top – very, very good! Thanks!

    18. This looks great! Was wondering if you’ve tried “baking” it in the microwave??? I’ve seen similar single serve recipes and they’re cooked in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. Call me impatient. haha. I might give it a try and let you know.

      • Hi Heater – I haven’t tried to make these cakes in the microwave… let me know how it goes though!

    19. I made this in the microwave. I cooked it longer than needed though. Next time, I’ll try 60-90 seconds. I cooked it for 2 mins… Imagine cleaning the bowl will take work…but the cake was pretty crispy that way.. I used some modifications. Egg replacer. Dextrose. Canola oil. It was still pretty good though. I just used what I had ‘on hand’. Great quick treat! Thanks!!

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