Vegan Chocolate Cake

Well, this is going down as the BEST recipe of 2016 and quite possibly the greatest baking recipe I’ve ever created. This bread is like chocolate cake WITHOUT the Refined Sugar. So amazing.

I’ve been making this cake for the holidays for my family and I first made it for them at Thanksgiving and then again at Christmas when I perfected this recipe. The flavor is so OUT of this world….I can’t even begin to describe it.

You’re going to have to try a piece for yourself. I have a feeling this will be your new go-to chocolate recipe for every birthday/celebration/holiday. I just have that feeling….

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

This bread is pretty easy to make and is free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs and any processed ingredients that are yucky and inflammatory. So, what’s inside?

Well, we’ve got cocoa powder, oat flour (there is a super easy recipe for oat flour in my cookbook), almond flour, a ripe banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, flaxseeds and a few other whole ingredients.

I know you’re going to want to dive into the the second you start baking it because the incredible aroma of this chocolate bread baking in your kitchen will knock your socks off.

I was so impressed by the aroma and the flavor- it tastes like there is pure sugar in this but there isn’t any refined sugar at all. Plus, it’s full of heart-healthy rolled oats (healthy carb) and almond flour (protein) which will stabilize your blood sugar. How about that? Eating a dessert that actually stabilizes your blood sugar. It is possible. And it’s delicious.

No more feeling deprived or wanting to jump into a pile of processed cookies because this bread/cake/whatever you wanna call it….is your new best friend.

I’m calling it a slice of FREEDOM.

Vegan Chocolate Cake


Well, when you are deprived for so many years of not being able to eat so many foods because your body is reacting to them, you’re eager to heal and create recipe that you can actually eat and enjoy and not swell up like a bumble bee or get a bloated belly or get a headache or a rash or something else.

It’s pure freedom. I eat this and feel great. NO if’s, and’s or but’s here.

Pure goodness baked in a bread/cake/yumminess for you.

So, now that you know this beauty is filled with protein and healthy anti-inflammatory fats from ground flaxseeds as well as fiber from the oats and banana- and nutrients from the pure maple syrup—well then you’re ready to dig in.

I’m sure you’ve got these ingredients in your pantry.

You can have this on your table in less than 45 minutes so hop to it.



p.s. Don’t forget to tell me how much you love this recipe below in the comments and post a picture of your recipe on social media and tag @TheHealthyApple.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

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The Best Chocolate Dessert Bread (Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free)
Serves: 10
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free.
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a loaf baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Combine flax and water and set aside for 10 minutes or until thick then mix well. In a large bowl, mash the banana; add the remaining ingredients including the flaxseed mixture.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven; set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Slice with a sharp knife and serve.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chocolate Dessert Bread (Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 243mg11%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 8IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 4 stars
    I made this for the first time and really loved the rich chocolate flavor. I didn’t give it 5 stars though because I found it just wasn’t sweet enough. My husband prefers desserts that are lightly sweet, and even he felt this could use a little more sweet — and possibly salt. Next time I make it, I will throw in 1/4 tsp. salt and a little stevia baking blend. But I was truly impressed w/ the moistness and texture! Great recipe!

    1. Hi Sri,
      You can! I haven’t tried it but you can certainly use it in place of the ground flaxseeds. It will probably change the texture/taste a slight bit but it will work.

      1. Hi Amie,

        So I made this cake yesterday and loved it. This is by far the best gluten-free cake I have ever made. I have used chia seeds instead of flax. The taste and texture was awesome in spite of no-egg and no gluten. No one can tell it is a gluten-free cake unless we tell them ;). Also, just curious if I can add a little more maple syrup next time to make it little more sweeter for my taste. Please share more gluten-free cake recipes. Thank you so much. 🙂


  2. Hi Amie,

    I plan on making these without putting in 1/2 cup of maple sugar. Is there a way to make it work by puttinf only 1/4 of it instead? If so, how can I modify it so it comes out awesome like the recipe minus the sugar?

  3. In the oven now, smells delicious–but I’m realizing that there is no fat in the recipe (besides the almond flour and the coconut oil for the pan), is this accurate? Have you tried a version with a few Tb of melted coconut oil added?

  4. 5 stars
    This was so so good, thank you so much for the recipe!
    I’m planning to make it for my mother who can’t have gluten next month, and this was the test run, but now I’m so excited to make it for her 😀

  5. Hi! I’m wondering if I can use gluten free sweet sorghum flour instead of oat flour?
    What do you think the outcome will be ?

  6. 5 stars
    I tried this today since it is a much cooler day and the whole house smells so good! My husband even commented so. I just tasted it, and I can’t believe it does not have sugar! It really is good. Thanks for sharing it! Do you just use the standard loaf pan?

  7. Can I sub something for the banana? My tummy & bananas are NOT friends.Otherwise I can’t wait to try this!

    1. When I make chocolate desserts, I find that you can substitute various fruits and vegies for one another. For banana, you could try applesauce, quince sauce, or grated zucchini. I use all three interchangeably in my double-chocolate brownies.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this today it was so easy to make and turned out perfectly, thank you Amie for your amazing recipes and knowledge x

  9. 5 stars
    I made this with cacao and it turned out absolutely delicious!!! Best recipe for vegan chocolate loaf that I’ve tried so far. 🙂

  10. This looks delicious! Can cacao powder be used instead of cocoa powder, or will that change the consistency? Just asking since I happen to already have the cacao powder 😉

  11. Any way I can sub the almond flour (almond allergy in the house)? I can sub the almond milk easily. Otherwise it looks delicious.