What’s a healthy flourless chocolate cake recipe?

A flourless cake? You bet! This decadent dessert relies on cocoa, almonds, sour cream and eggs for texture. It's so rich and delicious it can serve as a special occasion treat.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Almonds


2 tbsp butter, divided
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole almonds, blanched
1/2 cup sugar, divided
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated (or other granular sugar substitute)
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
5 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp slivered almonds, toasted (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Coat 9" springform pan with 2 teaspoons butter, and dust with the cocoa powder. (Don't tap out excess cocoa.)
  • In food processor, combine blanched almonds with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process until finely ground.
  • In top of double boiler, over barely simmering water, melt chocolate and the remaining 4 teaspoons butter, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
  • Remove from heat. Place chocolate mixture in large bowl. Add almond mixture, sour cream, sugar substitute, egg yolks, vanilla extract, almond extract (if using), and 1/4 cup of remaining sugar. Stir until well-blended.
  • In large bowl, with electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites and salt until frothy. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  • Stir one-quarter of the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture. Gently fold in remaining whites until no white streaks remain. Place in prepared pan. Gently smooth top.
  • Bake 30 minutes, or until cake has risen, the top is dry, and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • Place pan on cooling rack and cool until warm. The cake will fall dramatically. Loosen edges of cake with knife and remove pan sides. Sprinkle with toasted almonds, if desired.
Makes 12 servings

Amount Per Serving
Note: Optional items are not included in nutritional facts.

Calories 129.9
Total Carbs 9.6g
Dietary Fiber 0.3g
Sugars 6.5g
Total Fat 8.6g
Saturated Fat 4.1g
Unsaturated Fat 4.4g
Potassium 43.5mg
Protein 3.7g
Sodium 93.6mg

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