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Chocolate, peanut, whipped-cream cake

Call it a cake, cream pie or layered dessert, your friends and family will call it delicious. Easy enough for a family dinner or impressive on a holiday table, this recipe calls for coconut sugar in place of refined white sugar for a more complex flavor and a lower glycemic index (35 compared to 60), so it may not spike your blood sugar quite as high as table sugar1.

Ingredients (Serves 8)

Peanut base

1 ¼ cups of salted peanuts
3 egg whites (save the yolks for the chocolate cream)
1 ¼ cups of coconut sugar

Chocolate filling

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
3 egg yolks
100 g/3.5 oz unsweetened or dark chocolate, chopped

Cream topping

1 cup of whipping cream
1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
Chopped peanuts and chocolate, to serve


Make the base

1. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
2. Finely chop peanuts in the food processor. Mix the egg whites and the coconut sugar together, then fold in chopped peanuts.
3. Press mixture into the bottom of the pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack. When cool, unmold base and transfer to a serving platter.

Make the chocolate filling

4. When base is cool, melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
5. Stir in coconut sugar and egg yolks, and continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat and stir in chopped chocolate until melted.
6. Pour the chocolate cream over the peanut base and refrigerate until chilled.

Add the topping

7. Beat cream and coconut sugar until soft peaks form.
8. Spoon onto cake and garnish with peanuts and chocolate just before serving.

Nutritional facts (per serving)2

Total carbohydrate          32.7 g
Sugars                            26.5 g
Fiber                               3.6 g
Calories                          379
Total fat                          27.5 g
Saturated fat                  12.3 g
Protein                            8.8 g
Cholesterol                     93 mg
Sodium                           75 mg


Guest article and photo by Hanne Storhaug Jensen
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1The Globe and Mail (2020). Is coconut sugar healthier than white sugar? Retrieved from: Accessed August 6 2021.

2Verywell Fit (n.d). Try our recipe nutrition calculator. Retrieved from: Accessed August 6 2021.

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