Chocolate Cake With a Surprise (Beets!)

by lisa | 10 November 2012 17:40

Our lovely fitness trainer, Julie from Fit2Day, recently had a birthday. Lisa H., one of our regulars at boot camp, contacted me asking for a recipe for a beetroot chocolate cake that would be paleo friendly so that she could make Julie a birthday cake. I found a recipe at Elana’s Pantry which would be just perfect with a few minor adjustments**. You can see the original recipe here. Beets are packed full of good vitamins and minerals. This is a great (and sneaky) way to get some vegetables into your kids. Trust me, they’ll never know.

Lisa whipped up this cake and it was delicious… super chocolaty and so moist! I don’t usually like cake all that much, but I truly loved this cake and will definitely be making it. We all shared it after Saturday morning’s class. I really think we should have cake after every boot camp 😉

Here is what you’ll need:


How to make it:

  1. Bring the grated beets and honey to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until beets are soft.
  3. Once your beets are soft, remove from heat and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  4. Stir in the rest of your ingredients until well mixed.
  5. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Serve as is or garnish the top with fruit.

**We changed this recipe from it’s original by using honey instead of agave syrup. Agave syrup is not a good choice and here is why. It’s also a good idea to change out the grapeseed oil in the original recipe to coconut oil. All of the paleo books and sources I checked listed grapeseed oil as an oil to avoid (just like canola, soybean, vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil). Grapeseed oil actually has the highest polyunsaturated fatty acid content of them all (and that’s not a good thing).

Beautifully decorated with fruit


Happy Birthday Julie!

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