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Flourless Chocolate Lavender Heart Cakes

Flourless Chocolate Lavender Heart Cakes

DESSERT ALERT!!! We’re changing things up and coming in hot for Valentine’s Day with something on the more indulgent side. Yes, we like to enjoy some butter now and then, life is all about balance spicy friends!

This recipe is a great treat to enjoy with your hunny, gal pals, or yourself! Whatever your V-Day plans are looking like, these Flourless Chocolate Lavender Cake Hearts are a must. We put a spin on the traditional flourless chocolate cake by using our Lavender Fields Forever salt blend. If you’ve never baked with this salt blend before, you’re in for a treat!

And of course, when it’s not Valentine’s Day, ditch the heart-shaped ramekins. We promise they’ll still taste just as good!

*Our spicy vegan friends, we have not tested this with vegan butter or flax eggs, but if you do, please share!

Ingredients

  • 12 tbsp
    unsalted butter (can substitute vegan butter), cut into 12 pieces
  • 6  oz
    bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4
    large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1 tsp
    lavender extract, separated
  • 1 cup
    coconut palm sugar (sifted)
  • 2 cup
    almond flour
  • 1 tbsp
    high-quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • confectioners' sugar for garnish (optional)

Preparation

  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Boil a kettle of water on the stovetop in preparation for the water bath. While water boils, line a roasting pan with a folded kitchen towel.
  3. Microwave chocolate and butter in a medium bowl, stirring often for 1½-2 minutes. Once melted, stir in lavender extract and set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites on medium-low until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and continue to whip, slowly adding ½ cup coconut sugar, until the whites are glossy and hold stiff peaks, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer egg whites to a large bowl.
  5. Add egg yolks and remaining ½ cup coconut sugar to the now empty mixer bowl and whip on medium-high speed until thick and pale yellow, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture and mix on medium speed until incorporated, about 15 seconds. Add the almond flour, cocoa and Lavender Fields Forever and mix until incorporated. Remove bowl from mixer and stir a few times with a large spatula, scraping the bottom of the bowl to make sure all the almond flour has been incorporated.
  7. Add ⅓ of the egg whites to the bowl and return to the mixer. Mix on medium speed, about 30 secs, scraping down the bowl halfway. Transfer the batter to a bowl with the remaining egg whites. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter until no streaks of light brown egg whites remain.
  8. Pour batter into lightly greased ramekins and place in the roasting pan on top of the kitchen towel. Pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  9. Place the pan in the oven and bake, uncovered. The cakes are ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly before lightly dusting with confectioners' sugar.
Samantha Binkley
samantha@healthyonyou.com