Grain Free Chestnut Chocolate Cake

Chestnuts are lower in calories and fats than other nuts and seeds. However, they are rich sources of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients that greatly benefit health. Chestnuts have an earthy sweet flavour almost like a sweet potato and are naturally gluten free. This delectable grain free chestnut chocolate cake is easy to make and has added health benefits. Serve with berries or dust with pure cocoa powder


1/3 cup cashew butter
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 Tbsp. coconut milk or nut milk
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or agave nectar
1 ¾ cups chestnut puree (available in jars or cans)
½ cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar
Pinch of sea salt
1 Tbsp. dark rum or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup GF dark chocolate chips or 6 oz. GF dark chocolate bar roughly chopped
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
3 eggs, room temperature


Preheat oven to 350 F and line the bottom of 8-inch springform pan with a circle of parchment paper
In a medium bowl, mix cashew butter, coconut flour, maple syrup/agave and coconut milk. Lightly press the dough on the bottom of springform pan and set aside
Place chestnut puree, maple syrup/agave, sea salt and vanilla into a bowl and mix well. Set aside
In a heavy bottom saucepan over low heat melt chocolate and coconut oil. Add to chestnut mix and whisk well. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk until creamy. Using an electric mixer works best
Pour batter in the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes
Cool in the pan completely then refrigerate for 1 hour before serving

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