This Valentine’s day dessert recipe, a Pomegranate & Dark Chocolate Cream Cake, delivers all the rich, creamy, decadent goodness we desire, without the dairy, gluten, or refined sugar.
A Healthified Dessert Recipe
Healthy food does NOT have to be boring, and you can still get all the flavors and textures you desire with a little creativity in the kitchen. For this Valentine’s Day Pomegranate Cream Cake for Two, here are the main components:
Cashews and coconut oil make the cake rich and creamy.
Walnuts and dates make up the gluten-free crust.
My new favorite, go-to natural sweetener, monk fruit sugar, makes it sweet without spiking your blood sugar or adding calories. (Check out my full review of monk fruit sweetener here.)
Beet powder is used to color it naturally, although, that is admittedly hard to find, so you could use other superfood powders (note goji powder will turn it more of an orange, dragon fruit will turn it bright pink…pomegranate powder didn’t work and made a muddy color).
Or, you could use a natural food dye, like Color Kitchen, which happens to be made from beet powder. You can easily find it online at Thrive Market or health food stores for about $2-3 bucks. You could of course omit it, your cake would just be colorless, yet equally delicious.
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This cake is incredibly easy to whip up, so grab your blender and get going!
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- shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 4 dates
- 1 cup cashews (soaked in water at least 4 hours or overnight)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. fresh pomegranate juice
- 2 Tbsp. monk fruit sweetener (or 2-3 Tbsp. coconut nectar)
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, warmed until liquid
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp. beet powder or a natural red food coloring (optional)*
- 1 bar of your favorite dark chocolate (about 2oz)
- pomegranate aarils
- First, make the crust: Sprinkle a small amount of coconut flakes in the bottom of a 3-inch springform pan. (This is to help it easily come out of the pan). Blend the walnuts and dates in a bullet blender until a dough like consistency is formed. Press it into the bottom of the pan until completely covered, to make a crust.
- Next, make the cream cake: In a high speed blender, combine all the ingredients except the beet powder or natural food coloring, and blend on high for 30-60 seconds. Once a smooth, creamy consistency is formed, you can add in the beet powder or food coloring. You can adjust the red color by adding more or less, so use as much as you want to get your desired color. Pour it into the cake pan. Put in the freezer to set for at least one hour, or overnight.
- Make the topping: When the cake is frozen, you can add the topping. In a double boiler, melt about 3/4 of the chocolate bar or 1.5 oz. Meanwhile, remove the cake from the springform pan and put it on a plate. When the chocolate is melted, spoon or pour it onto the top of the cake, using a spatula to spread it across evenly, and push some over the sides to make "drips." This must be done quickly, as the chocolate will quickly harden.
- When the chocolate has set, top with pomegranate aarils. If not serving right away, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- You can omit the beet powder/food coloring, and be left with a colorless, yet equally delicious cake.
- The PREP TIME is minimal, about 10-15 minutes, but you do have to let it freeze at least an hour before you can put the topping on.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.