Flourless, no added sugar, no added butter chocolate cake


One of my listeners on the radio show asked me if I had a recipe for a chocolate cake without flour and after two trials today, here is the best version:

1 1/2 cups pure ground almonds
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2cup dates, chopped up
1 cup prunes, chopped up
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 eggs
Few drops good vanilla extract
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 170 C.

Place all the ingredients into a large bowl. Use a hand blender to combine into a smooth paste.

Prepare a cake tin 20cm greased with a touch of oil.

Add the baking powder into the batter.

Stir gently.
Pour the batter into the cake tin.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Leave to cool before removing from the pan.


Another day with clear skies, as though it is the start of summer. This is a glorious country, no words to describe.


5 responses to “Flourless, no added sugar, no added butter chocolate cake”

  1. Lovely cake and even lovelier olive tree 😄. Do you soak the dates in a little boiling water to soften first?

    1. You could do Cathy but I was after a quick recipe for my reader and if the dates are chopped up into small pieces it works well. if you slack them you will have a cake with less texture. My ground almonds were also not fine and for a smoother texture you can choose very finely ground almonds. I quite like a variety in textures for this type of cake. Do note this is a dense, moist and very soft cake, nearly a brownie texture, not a light sponge… But it’s delicious 🙂

      1. Thanks for the advice 😊

  2. In case I don’t get to stop by before the holidays I wish you and your family a very happy and joyous holiday 🙂 I am sure there will lots of great food at your house!!!

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