Quick Cocoa Snack Cake

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Some weeks get a bit crazy in my life…BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t have enough time to whip up a yummy dessert! This snack cake is so quick to put together and it tastes incredibly delicious! It is so delicious, in fact, that my family ate the whole pan in one sitting! I had to make another cake to photo and we ate that whole pan too! No worries, though, because this cake is filled with goodness. I use teff flour in this recipe. Did you know that teff is the smallest grain in the world? It is native to Ethiopia and is a nutritional powerhouse! Teff is rich in fiber, protein, calcium, and iron – it is also gluten-free. Because of its dark color, teff works very well in chocolate recipes. This snack cake is moist, chocolatey, and a bit decadent. I think it is a cross between a cake and a brownie. You will want to make this snack cake, like right now! Oh. My. Yum.

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½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup teff flour

½ cup coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon guar gum

1 cup unsweetened applesauce mixed with 2 teaspoons baking powder

½ cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 or 9-inch square pan well with coconut oil. Sift the cocoa powder, teff flour, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and guar gum into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the applesauce, coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, to the well in the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Once mixed, pour the batter into the pan and level it with a spatula. Let the batter sit in the pan for a few minutes before placing in the oven. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Let cool on a cake rack for 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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