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.
For the chocolate topping, check out my top picks for best dark chocolate brands.
This cake is incredibly easy to whip up, so grab your blender and get going!
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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 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She 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.