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Pregnancy Update #7: Why I’m Choosing a Vegetarian Lifestyle

5 Comments 07 February 2011

Today’s post is a video blog and pregnancy update in one! Enjoy.

Now for that cake recipe…

Decadent & Healthy Chocolate Cake

  • 1 15 oz. can unseasoned black beans
  • 5 organic eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted organic butter or extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup xylitol (I didn’t have this so I used 1/2 cup Sucant) + 3/4 tsp agave nectar
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp filtered water (I didn’t need to add this)

Preheat oven to 350. ¬†Grease 9″ pan with coconut oil & dust with cocoa powder.

Place beans, (rinsed with cold water) 3 eggs, vanilla, agave and salt into blender. Blend until no chunks.

Mix together cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.

In a large bowl, beat butter, (or coconut oil) with xylitol or sucant until fluffy. Add eggs & beat. Pour bean mixture in batter and mix. Pour in cocoa mixture last and beat on high until smooth.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is round and firm.

Decadent & Healthy Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup xylitol (again I used Sucant)
  • 5-6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • agave to taste

Cream butter in small bowl until fluffy. Powder xylitol or sucant in a coffee or nut grinder until a fine powder/dust. Stir sugar into butter until smooth. Slowly blend cocoa powder,vanilla and salt. Beat in coconut milk and add small amounts of agave to taste.

* I used salted butter and added no extra salt. The cocoa powder I used was also lightly sweetened so I didn’t add extra agave nectar.

Enjoy! This cake turned out fabulous!

Your Comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Em says:

    Good on you :)

    There is no better feeling than becoming vegetarian and knowing that you are not supporting the abuse of so many beautiful creatures. I have been vegetarian for the last few months, and though I am still yet to get the hang of it and develop some good recipes and can feel a bit dizzy at times when I haven’t been eating enough iron, I have never felt so good.
    I just need to get into a good routine now and make sure I eat all 3 meals a day.
    Next step is veganism! either that, or will be sure to eat organic milk, cheese without animal vennet and eggs from local producers who love their chickens more than their money.

  2. Cassandra says:

    Real food : what to eat and why, and Traditional foods are your best medicine: improving health and longevity with native nutrition – two good books about the history of humans as omnivores. I love the idea of veganism, but the idea of not eating meat actually made me sick to my stomach. I wish I could live on a farm!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for a fantastic recipe and I fantastic post. I would love to add a delicious and healthy icing to the mix:
    2 avo mashed
    3 Tbl spoon Cocoa powder
    4 Tbl spoon Honey or rice syrup

    Mix all together and add more honey or cocoa according to taste. Simple looks divine and glossy and ultra healthy.

  4. Christi says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years (since my teens). I love it, I have had healthy pregnancies. But the one thing I recommend is getting enough vitamin D. I didn’t with 2 (out of 4) of my pregnancies and those 2 kids have had dental problems. Just passing on my mistake so others don’t have the same issues.

    Welcome to the veggie world. It is awesome and you wont miss meat.

  5. Nena says:

    I just made this chocolate cake and I must say, what a revelation!! It’s the best choc cake I’ve ever had!! My little boy helped me make it and thoroughly enjoyed it too!!
    Thanks :p

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