Special Guest Post by Kristin at Live Simply
I’ve been an avid reader and fan of The Nourishing Home since Kelly first began writing. Kelly’s grace and practical wisdom for real food and healthy living are always an inspiration. I’m honored to stop by The Nourishing Home today, and share one of my favorite grain-free sweet treats.
[Note from Kelly (blushing): Such kind words from a dear friend! I couldn't be more thrilled to have Kristin visiting with us! Her beautiful blog –Live Simply– is a true inspiration with her encouraging wisdom, passion for real food, healthy living and meal planning. And speaking of passion – her passion for chocolate is one I'm sure most of us share. So thank you, Kristin, for being too good to us in sharing this decadent treat! Just one bite of this rich chocolate cake and you'll know what I mean!]
I have a number of passions in life. I believe learning a person’s passion(s) is often the best way to connect and understand what makes them “tick.” My faith in Jesus, my family, and a quest for simplicity are a few of my greatest passions. Add a pinch of: backyard chickens, beets, and chocolate – and you get Kristin, a simple and passionate gal.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, let’s talk about one of my passions, chocolate.
Four years ago, when our family made the switch to real food, I had an addiction to all things chocolate: candy bars, cake, pastries, and cookies, anything with the slightest hint of chocolate taste. All my favorite treats were highly processed and so they had to go.
A few months after purging our house of everything processed and feeling a bit discouraged, I discovered the beauty of real food. When applied with grace, this real food lifestyle can be incredibly liberating, inspiring, and out-of-this world delicious. I soon realized real food was about more than just kale and spinach. Real food also includes decadent chocolate in moderation. Hallelujah!
I happily stock a share of good quality chocolate in my real food pantry. My stockpile no longer consists of chocolate bars and processed cookies, but instead two simple ingredients: unsweetened cocoa and minimally processed chocolate chips. With real chocolate ingredients, the possibilities for making homemade treats are endless. A few of my favorites include: raw brownie bites and “the best ever” brownie. Yummy real food treats our family enjoys creating together and sharing.
And so, with Mother’s Day almost here and my passion for chocolate, I created a decadent real food chocolate cake to share with you. This cake is made with two of my favorite baking ingredients – blanched almond flour and coconut flour. These simple grain-free flours create perfectly moist muffins, bread, and cake. They also add nutritional benefits, such as protein and healthy fat.
This grain-free chocolate cake is delightfully sweetened with honey and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. Topped with a simple homemade fudge icing, and if desired a scoop (or two) of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. A rich chocolate dessert that says, “Mom, I love you,” in one little bite.
Passion can be incredibly delicious and rewarding, so let’s not delay another minute. Break out the bowls, whisk, butter, and chocolate – we have a cake to make, just in time for Mom’s big day.
Please be sure to visit Kristin at Live Simply and thank her for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! It truly is the BEST chocolate cake. EVER!
Kristin is a stay-at-home mom of two children, Piper (4) and Londyn (2). She loves to share her real food tips, ideas, and recipes for feeding the entire family nourishing whole foods. She is passionate about encouraging moms on this journey of simple, natural living and traditional, real food. Kristin is a professional blogger and the creator of Live Simply.