Applesauce and tofu give this chocolate cake a rich, moist texture without the many grams of saturated fat contained in traditional recipes. It is an excellent dessert for celebrations with loved ones.
12 ounces low-fat silken tofu, firm or extra-firm, crumbled and drained for 20 minutes
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Oil an 8-inch round pan or a 9-by-13-inch pan and set aside. Use a food processor or blender to purée the tofu, canola oil, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine. Gently fold in the chocolate chips, being careful not to overmix.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Once the cake cools, ice it (see the recipe that follows).
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups chocolate chips
1 12-ounce package silken tofu
1/4 cup maple syrup
Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. In a food processor or mixer, blend the tofu and maple syrup. Add the melted butter and chocolate to the tofu mixture. Allow the icing to cool to room temperature before frosting the cake.
Reprinted from the book What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul by Deepak Chopra. Copyright 2013 by Deepak Chopra. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.