I grew up in a family that loves to eat.  Anytime we get together, there is food, and usually in large quantities.  This is probably why we all struggle so much with our weight, but that’s another discussion for another time.  We have our everyday, “we love to eat”, and then we have VACATION MENTALITY.  Growing up, when we went on vacation, all bets were off.  We would eat at the best restaurants, and on top of that, we would make a visit to the local grocery store to fill our carts with the food of our dreams.  It was sinful.  It was wonderful.

As an adult, especially in the past few years, me and the Hubby have been making genuine strides to change our eating habits, but when it comes to vacation, I still struggle with wanting to eat to my heart’s content.  

This past weekend we made a quick (business) trip to NYC.  We were  gone less than 48 hours, and I really didn’t want to blow it, but like one of pavlov’s dogs, when I get in a hotel room, I instinctively go for the chocolate and Dr. Pepper!  It was our last night, and I was legitimately hungry(at midnight of course), so I checked out the room service menu and saw a flourless chocolate cake.  I’d never had this before, so I ordered it.   It was soooo good; chocolate always tastes betters at midnight.   I was half way through eating it when it dawned on me that it didn’t even have flour in it(duh, wasn’t that in the name?), and that in my new world of Paleo, I might not be sinning that bad!

When I got home, I looked up several recipes for flourless chocolate cakes.  I combined several recipes that I found and then altered them by taking out the processed sugar, and adding a few other things that sounded good to me.  I tried this a couple of nights ago, and it was perfect.  Dense, chocolatey, almost fudge and brownie like, and best of all, it didn’t send me into a sugar coma crash after.  Score.

The chocolate was really rich so I thought it could use a little citrus.  I whipped up an easy lime glaze to top it with.  Last night I made this again, just to make sure the first time wasn’t a fluke.  When I was taking it out of the oven I lost my grip and the cake ended up everywhere.  I may have eaten some of it off of the bottom of the oven. Maybe.  There was a small bit that was salvaged, so I made a chocolate drizzle to top it with this time.  It was just as good as the lime, so I’m giving you both recipes below.

Hope you enjoy!

 

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  BTW, my oven thermometer is wrong

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Flourless Chocolate Cake(Paleo)
A dense, rich, super chocolatey cake. It's gluten free, grain free & paleo. It's consistency is somewhere between a brownie and fudge.
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Cake Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 1 stick of butter
  3. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder(sifted)
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 3/4 cup honey
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Lime Glaze Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoon full fat coconut milk
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. 1 tablespoon butter
  4. 1 tablespoon lime juice
Chocolate Drizzle Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  2. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Directions for the cake
  1. - Preheat the oven to 375
  2. - In a double boiler melt the chocolate chips & butter together
  3. - once melted, remove from heat.
  4. - Sift in the cocoa powder, then add the honey, eggs & vanilla
  5. - whisk until smooth
  6. - pour mixture into a buttered baking dish. 8x8 or something smallish will work
  7. - bake for 25-30 minutes
  8. - when you remove it from the oven, let it sit for a little while. This helps it rest and become more dense.
Directions for the lime glaze (optional)
  1. - add all the ingredients to a small saucepan
  2. - on low-medium heat bring to a simmer stirring often.
  3. - let simmer, stirring often until it's the consistency you like
  4. - drizzle over the cake!
Directions for the chocolate drizzle (optional)
  1. - in a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate & coconut oil in the microwave
  2. - heat 30 seconds at a time & stir until completely melted and smooth
  3. - drizzle over the cake!
Notes
  1. -If you don't have Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, you could use any high quality chocolate bar.
  2. - I don't actually own a double broiler, so I heated water in a sauce pan, then put a metal bowl in the water to melt my chocolate chips & butter. You could probably do this just as well in the microwave.
  3. - Depending on your mood, I gave the recipe for either a chocolate drizzle or lime glaze. The cake is yummy by itself, so if you don't want to add the toppings, you don't have to!
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