What's a recipe for healthy chocolate cake?

Joel H. Fuhrman, MD
Family Medicine

Healthy Chocolate Cake
Serves: 12



  • 1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 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
  • 4 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


  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews, unsalted
  • 1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
  • 2/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups of the dates, pineapple, banana, and applesauce.
  4. Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2 inch thick pieces. 
  5. In large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture.
  6. Add the blended mixture and mix well. 
  7. Spread in a 9.5” X 13.5” nonstick baking pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


  • 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.

* A food processor may be used to combine icing ingredients but the icing will not be as smooth.

SODIUM 347mg; FIBER 10.7g; BETA-CAROTENE 596mcg; VITAMIN C 6mg; CALCIUM 86mg; IRON 3.4mg; FOLATE 60mcg; MAGNESIUM 130mg; ZINC 2mg; SELENIUM 17mcg

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