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Furhman's Healthy Chocolate Cake

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
1 cup pineapple chunks in own juice, drained
1 banana
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup shredded beets
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
3 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman's Cocoa Powder or other natural cocoa powder
1/2 cup currants
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Nut Icing:
1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews, unsalted
1 cup vanilla soy milk
2/3 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup brazil nuts or hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups of the dates, pineapple, banana, and applesauce. Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2 inch thick pieces. In large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture. Add the blended mixture and mix well. Spread in a 9.5" X 13.5" nonstick baking pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Icing: Using a high powered blender*, combine all icing ingredients until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve. If desired, you may spread on cooled cake instead.
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