Saturday, October 11, 2008

Let Them Eat Cake!

I know I missed my promised Friday post about dejunking, but I've been up to my knees in life and won't be able to post those till Monday. Until then, enjoy this older post/recipe from last year and enjoy your weekend!

I have a fellow homeschooling friend, whom I love dearly, that taught me about healthy cake. One day she was commenting on how it made her a bit angry that people in her neighborhood liked to poke fun at her for feeding her kids chocolate cake for breakfast. I was ready to sympathize with her because I have been known to let my kids eat stale popcorn for breakfast on a bad day. I was glad I didn’t confess this because she went on to tell me about her chocolate cake, “If only I could get my neighbors to understand what chocolate cake is, in our family. Our chocolate cake is made from freshly ground wheat flour, cocoa, applesauce, and zucchini. I can guarantee that my cake is healthier than any pop tart or cold cereal they’ve ever fed their kids”. Now, I have heard of sneaking veggies into food and I do it quite often myself, but this seemed too good to be true. I’ve always felt that there are limits to how much “healthy” you can sneak into a food before the kids can tell. However, my dad always said, “Don’t knock it till you try it”. So… I ground my wheat, grated my zucchini and squeezed out the excess moisture, mixed it all together and all I can say is, “I will eat it in a box, I will eat it with a fox”. This isn’t just good, this isn’t just cake, this is the only chocolate cake I have ever tasted that makes me want seconds, even thirds. I’m tempted to keep this fabulous cake a secret so that I can think of myself as superior to all the regular chocolate cake eaters out there, but then my mom has always told me to share, and my sister always told me that “saving is like stealing”. So, here is chocolate cake that is good enough to eat twice and healthy enough to serve for breakfast:

Breakfast Chocolate Cake
*Preheat oven to 350
6 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp. Oil (you can use olive oil)
3 eggs
2 C. sugar
1 C. Applesauce
2 C. Grated Zucchini (the smaller you grate it the better so try to use a grater with small holes, also place the zucchini in a clean, non fuzzy, dishtowel and twist it to remove excess moisture from the zucchini)
***MIX ALL TOGETHER, then add
2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
***Mix quickly and pour into a greased 9x13 pan, sprinkle with 1 C. chocolate chips, and bake for 50 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes because it is very hot when it first comes out, my kids can attest to that.


An Ordinary Mom said...

I don't have a wheat grinder. Can you use whole wheat flour you just purchase from the store?

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Sure, you can use the wheat flour from the store. Freshly ground is the best because it still has all the oils and "wet vitamins" in it. Of course, if you know where I live you are welcome to come get some fresh stuff from me, all I ask is that you stay and give me some adult conversation =)

Laura said...

Mmmmm... sounds yummy. I think I'll add a little flaxseed and maybe some chopped almonds to give it an extra nutty flavor.

Anonymous said...

It was "VERY" yummy! I tried it. Even my 4 yr. old that does not eat any vegi's or fruit, ate it.

Thanks Liz!

Annie said...

wowowwoowowow! I am loving this idea and can't wait (cannot.wait) to try it out.

I've been out of the loop, so I hadn't seen you new blog! Very nice! I think you've done well and it's so fun.

Nice job!

Michal said...

yum. i wish i had a zucchini on hand for sunday morning breakfast tomorrow. i can't wait to try this.

Michal said...

i need you to email me ASAP with your address. i'm baking your cookies today and i'd like to send them while they're as fresh as possible.
my email is: sleepymumATgmailDOTcom

elena jane said...

sounds yummy!! :)