Tumeric Chocolate Swirl Cake (sweetened with stevia)

For all the health food-chocolate addict-tumeric lovers out there (hope it’s more than just me!), this here is the cake for you. Turmeric Chocolate Swirl sugar free vegan cake. That’s something that get’s my attention. This cake is so rich, moist, soft, fudgey, flavorful, fluffy, decadent, oh yea, AND healthy. While all my recipes use maple syrup, agave, or cane sugar, it’s pretty refreshing when you can indulge in something that has no sugar content, and a lot less calories as a result. I ate three slices of this cake in a row. It was melt in my mouth delicious. And I’d do it again. Chocolate turmeric is a combination I plan to use often, as this cake proved what a winning blend it is. Read more about the benefits of turmeric and cacao below.

Raw cacao (which is what I use) is the pure, unheated version of the ground cacao bean. The cacao fruit tree bears the cacao pods, which have inside them the cacao beans, from then which cacao and cocoa products are made. The beans can be chopped up into cacao nibs, melted into cacao paste, or have the cacao butter extracted from the fatty outer lining on the inside of the bean before the rest of the bean is made into cacao powder. Cacao retains more nutrients than cocoa because it’s unprocessed state helps to keep them intact. Raw cacao can have a bitter taste, while dutch cocoa alkalizes the bitterness and is great for baking. Both cacao and cocoa have an impressive profile of benefits. It’s no wonder these prized beans were used a a trade currency going back thousands of years to their native lands of Latin and South America.

Raw cacao also has over 300 different chemical compounds, is a leading antioxidant superfood (in the top 10), and has a list of nutrients that include protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, calcium, riboflavin, carotene, thiamin, magnesium, sulfur, and flavonoids. The naturally occurring phytochemicals and antioxidants help to combat, reverse, and prevent diseases including cancer, fight free radicals and protect cells from damage, lower bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and promote heart health. Cacao also has aphrodisiac properties, uplifting ones emotional state by producing serotonin, phenethylamine, endorphins, and neurotransmitters, that help with focus, pain relief, depression, euphoria, and feelings of bliss. If you’re not an addict of this stuff, just eat more, you will be.

Turmeric can be juiced from its fresh form, dried into a powder and used for cooking, making tea, adding to smoothies, and buying in a concentrated form in a capsule. It is one of the most widely researched herbs and has a solid recognition for it’s safe and potent medicinal properties, shown arguably to be more effective than medications and prescriptions relating to disease, pain, cholesterol, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, and more. The powerful chemical component of this herb is called curcumin and you can find it sold almost everywhere in supplement form. Let’s do a run down of what this herb can do.

  • Anti-inflammatory- This is probably the most well known benefit of curcumin and the most relevant as to why it’s so powerful. Perhaps the greatest anti inflammatory and anticoagulant in the herb world. Because inflammation always leads to diseases and infection, it can also be said that taking turmeric is good for disease prevention. Diseases that plague people today such as chronic pain, cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, depression, diabetes, brain disorders, gastrointestinal and bowel/colon issues, and high cholesterol, can be prevented and reversed by simply taking turmeric on a regular basis.

  • Anti-cancerous- Studies show that curcumin kills and blocks the formation of bowel, breast, colon, and skin cancer cells and their enzymes. It also was able to attack and reduce tumors, reverse, and treat the cancer while preventing it from spreading.

  • Diabetes management- Curcumin lowers blood sugar and reverses insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. Research showed it was 400 times more effective than common drugs taken for diabetes management. Not only can it correct and reverse the causes and issues surrounding diabetes, but also the most common complications such as diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy, which can lead to blindness.

    Tumeric Chocolate Swirl Cake

    Tumeric Chocolate Swirl Cake

    Yields: 8-10 slices

    • 3 flax eggs (3 tbsp flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp water, let sit for 15 min before use)
    • 3 cups flour, I used sprouted spelt
    • 3/4 cup stevia powder (you could use agave or cane sugar as well, but I didn't)
    • 4 tbsp vegan yogurt
    • 1 tsp white wine or apple cider vinegar
    • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
    • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 2/3 cup oil, I used grapeseed (or avocado, safflower, vegetable, sunflower, coconut)
    • 2 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • Chocolate
    • 6 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup cold coffee
    • Tumeric
    • 2 tbsp tumeric powder
    • Chocolate Sauce
    • 4 tbsp cocoa butter, or coconut oil
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted will help prevent lumps)
    • 2-4 tsp coconut sugar, cane sugar, agave, or maple syrup
    • pinch of salt

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients first, the milk, flax eggs, vinegar, yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold in the dry ingredients, the flour, stevia, and baking powder and soda next.

    Cut the batter in half and add the cocoa and coffee to one half, and the tumeric to the other. Your turmeric taste may vary, so start small, and if you can do extra then add it.

    Bake in an oiled bundt pan (or a cake pan) at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Make sure it rises well and looks golden. Push a long toothpick or knife in it to test when it's done, if it comes out clean then it's ready.

    While it's baking start the chocolate sauce. Blend all ingredients and whisk over low heat. I do it in a bowl, and place the bowl in a skillet that has a few inches of water, so the heat is not direct (see picture below). It's ready when it's completely dissolved, give it 5 to 10 minutes and whisk it well.

    Remove, let cool, top with chocolate sauce, and serve up.

    • Total time: 45 minutes
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    Tumeric Chocolate Swirl Cake (sweetened With Stevia)
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    Tumeric Chocolate Swirl Cake

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