Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

By Jessica Campbell, MS, FNTP

This was a pleasant surprise. A friend was asking for a banana bread recipe and I felt bad that my site didn't contain one. While I was trying to come up with a gluten free and sugar free recipe, I started craving chocolate and hazelnut. Not the sugar, palm oil, and soy flavors of Nutella, but the homemade flavors of REAL food.

Thus, I made a banana bread with hazelnut flour, sweetened it with raw honey, and added unsweetened cocoa powder. Voila, I accidentally made a chocolate cake.

We call it a cake because it was so moist and my kids loved it. They couldn't taste the banana, but they loved the nutty rich flavors. I spread a little butter on our slices (it was supposed to be a bread), but my husband said throw on a frosting and you'd have one heck of a birthday cake.

I don't have a frosting yet for this recipe, but we've considered whipped cream with strawberries, a coconut oil glaze, or a cream cheese frosting like black bottom cupcakes. It doesn't need much; it's a rich cake. Then I thought maybe you can hep us find a frosting that would make this a real birthday treat. Share your ideas in the comments below.

I wish I could show you the whole cake, but I couldn't get to it in time. It was gone in a few hours. I can't tell if it would stick to the pan if it sat for long enough to cool, but I recommend serving this in a pretty dish and frosting it on a special occasion. Enjoy!