It’s getting nuts again. I have been looking for a low carb and paleo-friendly chocolate cake. Previously, I shared my recipe for the paleo hazelnut chocolate fudge with you. I wanted to elevate this recipe to another – calorie-dense and yet outstandingly delicious – level. Here comes the nutty chocolate cake. It’s relatively low carb and paleo-friendly.
Nutty Chocolate Cake: Dark Chocolate
In order to get this cake as low carb as possible, you need to pay attention to your dark chocolate. The major part of the carbohydrates in my nutty chocolate cake is located in the chocolate.
The range of carbs from 70% up to 99% of cocoa in your chocolate can make the difference. The former has around 34% of carbohydrates and the later only 8% per 100g. That’s a huge difference in carbohydrates. Of course, it also depends on the brand you use but the idea remains the same.
In my recipe, I blended 3 different types of chocolate. I used what I had at home but all of them had way more than 80% of cocoa content.
Nutty Chocolate Cake: Sugar
The remaining carbohydrates can be found in the sugar used in the recipe. You don’t need to add as much sugar as in the recipe. You can use more, you can use less. If you have been used to LCHF, keto or paleo diets your sweet tooth probably has been down-regulated already. In that case, you should do well with my recipe and sugar content
If you want to keep some sweetness to the nutty chocolate cake but reduce the net carbs, simply switch the home made vanilla sugar with erythritol and add a fresh pod of vanilla bean to the batter.
Nutty Chocolate Cake: Fat
This cake is a calorie-dense recipe. The major 3 ingredients are all good sources of and high in fat
- almond flour
- dark chocolate
The eggs add another source of fat to the mix. This means you should eat it accordingly. Just because it is low carb it doesn’t mean that it is low in calories. Be aware of that fact in no matter what you eat.
In case you aren’t very fond of almonds or allergic to them: no problem! It works equally well with hazelnuts. You can even mix the nuts (#nutsaboutnuts).
Nutty Chocolate Cake
I had the cake both fresh out of the oven and cooled down over night. I love both versions equally. It really depends on what you are looking for in terms of texture.
- Warm: gooey, rich and intense aroma.
- Cold: fudge-y, rich and smooth
Feel free to add toppings or add-ins or sides. I did add two different sides. One of the being whipped cream (a rekindled culinary love) and a cherry sauce. It was a great combination of flavours and definitely something I needed after a rough month.
Let me know if my nutty chocolate cake strikes a cord with your taste buds. Share this recipe anywhere you like and enjoy it. As always, I’d love to get your feedback. Comment here, or tag me on social media.
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