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Oil Free Chocolate Cake

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This oil-free chocolate cake isn’t just a delectable treat but also holds significant health benefits due to its ingredients. Whole wheat flour, the primary flour used in this recipe, provides more fibre and nutrients than refined white flour. Its high fibre content aids in digestion helps maintain a healthy weight and contributes to overall gut health. Additionally, whole wheat flour contains various essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support overall well-being.

Coconut sugar, the chosen sweetener, is a lower glycemic index alternative to refined sugar. This means it’s less likely to cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, making it a preferable option for those monitoring their blood sugar. It also contains small amounts of specific vitamins and minerals, although the quantities consumed through sugar are typically minimal. Baking cocoa, particularly the dark variety, is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that may support heart health and potentially improve mood.

The absence of oil in this cake recipe significantly reduces its overall fat content, making it a heart-healthier option. Instead, applesauce adds moisture, which not only cuts down on saturated fats but also introduces vitamins and fibre. Balsamic vinegar and vanilla essence enhance the cake’s taste without adding extra fat or calories, and the use of water as a liquid base further ensures a low-calorie yet moist final product.

Oil Free Chocolate Cake

Catherine BarclayCatherine Barclay
An oil-free chocolate cake made with whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, and rich dark baking cocoa, creating a healthier yet indulgent dessert. This moist and flavorful cake is leavened with baking soda and baking powder for a light, airy texture. Instead of oil, it utilizes applesauce to provide moisture and a tender crumb. The addition of balsamic vinegar and vanilla essence enhances the depth of flavour. With the incorporation of water, this cake batter comes together to form a delightful treat perfect for those seeking a delicious, more health-conscious option without compromising on taste.
Course cakes, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 387 kcal


  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup dark baking chocolate
  • tsp baking soda
  • tsp baking powder
  • cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence
  • cups water
  • fudge chocolate icing


  • Preheat oven to 180℃ (360℉)
  • Line a round cake tin around 22cm in diameter.
  • Mix all dry ingredients into a large bowl then make a large well in the centre.
  • Add into the centre all the wet ingredients. Gently fold over the mixture until combined.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes or until a fork pierced into the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before moving onto a rack and icing.


Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 564mgPotassium: 325mgFiber: 8gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 5mg
Keyword chocolate cake, no oil, vegan, wfpb
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Catherine Barclay
Catherine Barclay
Normally you might find me behind the coding of our sites but over the years I have become much more concerned about what has been happening in the kitchen as well - families do that for all of us don't they? Background experience is in Account Management and Web Development but as my passion has grown for WFPB so has my desire to speak out.

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