Not that long ago, I was teaching a Food for Life nutrition education and cooking class at a large cancer center in South Carolina. We were still setting everything up before class, and a few patients had begun to trickle into the room. This Hot Fudge Cake soon became the the topic of conversation.
The handouts for class had already been put down at each seat, and a couple of women were looking over them since they were early. Handouts for classes include copies of recipes, menu planners, and more.
At the time, they were looking at the menu planner. It consisted of rows for ‘Breakfasts,’ Lunch & Dinner,’ and ‘Desserts & Snacks.” Included were a number of different options for each section, along with space for them to fill in their own personal preferences and ideas.
I heard one of the class participants lean over to the other one and say, “Hot Fudge Cake! This must be some kind of a joke.”
This recipe is completely oil and dairy-free. It’s very simple to make and has only 143 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving.
They were thrilled to realize that a whole food plant-based lifestyle is not one of deprivation.
Other Great Dessert Ideas:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (divide in half)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or any plant milk)
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (use 1 cup if you like it sweeter)
- 1-1/4 cups hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 cup of the cocoa powder in a large bowl.
Whisk dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla, and apple sauce.
Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and mix well.
Spoon mixture into a silicone nonstick 8-9" square pan. Link to amazon below. Since silicone pans are very flexible, you will need to use a baking sheet underneath for stability. Glass or metal pans lined with parchment paper also will work fine.
In a clean bowl, combine brown sugar and last half of cocoa powder. Gradually beat in hot water using a whisk and blend thoroughly.
Pour evenly over batter in pan. It will be thin and watery, but will thicken up when baked. Trust me, just do it. It will be a frosting-like covering over the cake and is delicious! If you leave the cake in pan instead of dumping out, just spoon the gooey fudge over each serving.
Bake on center rack of oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Spoon fudge sauce over each serving.
Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Dr. Neal Barnard's book, Breaking the Food Seduction. Per slice: calories 143, protein 3 grams, fat 1 gram
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