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Recipe – Cacao Easter Cake

By Tiina Lemmik

While you may have thought you needed a good excuse to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, the truth is the delightful and ancient superfood ingredient found in high-quality dark chocolate, known as cacao (cold-pressed, un-roasted cocoa beans ), has more to offer your health than you may realise.

In ancient texts, cacao was described as a sacred superfood, often referred to as food of the gods. The cacao bean and its consumption date back thousands of years. It was used as a powerful, healing food and in ancient ritual and ceremony.

Today, there is much science and research that proves that cacao has many benefits for your body, mind, and soul.

5 health benefits of this sacred food:

  1. Antioxidant Protection
  2. Improved Brain Health
  3. Immune Boosting
  4. Improved Insulin Sensitivity
  5. Nature’s Aphrodisiac

 Spoil yourself and your family/friends with a healthy and delicious cake, especially made for Easter!

Recipe – Cacao Easter Cake

Prep time: 10 mins
Bake time: 60 mins



½ cup good quality unsweetened dark cacao powder
½ cup coconut flour
2 ½ teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
pinch of sea salt
6 organic eggs
½ cup raw honey or maple syrup
125 ml extra virgin olive oil
125 ml coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


  • Preheat oven to 160C (fan oven)
  • Combine the cacao, coconut flour, baking powder and sea salt into a mixing bowl
  • Add the eggs, honey, vanilla, coconut milk and olive oil
  • Mix well until smooth and combined (a whisk works well for this)
  • Pour into a 20 cm baking tin lined with baking paper
  • Bake the cake for 55-60 minutes or until cooked through (test after 45 mins as oven temperatures may vary)
  • Remove from the oven and cool
  • Serve with raspberries for an extra antioxidant boost and some Greek yogurt if desired

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