Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cake (Paleo, Vegetarian)

slice of flourless chocolate truffle cake with caramel sauce on a white plate

If you have food sensitivities or health issues that have led you to give up dairy, grains, or granulated sugar, don’t despair! You can enjoy baking decadent treats that even your non-allergic friends will love.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about natural sweeteners and grain-free baking, and have made many treats that are delicious, but there are still desserts I haven’t even tried to make grain- and dairy-free for fear it just couldn’t be done well—like doughnuts.

So you can imagine how utterly delighted I was to discover the veritable bible of grain-free desserts when a friend put a copy of Indulge! 70 Grain Free Desserts into my hands last month.

Once I looked at the first few recipes—and the absolutely mesmerizing photos on every page—I knew this cookbook was not just another take on coconut flour that produced sadly mediocre, soggy, eggy, dessert-like foods.

Oh, no! This one is different.

stack of gluten free doughnuts on a plate
Grain-free, dairy-free doughnuts? Amazing!

Indeed, everything I have made from Indulge! so far—from Eggless Lemon Bars to Blueberry Pie to Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts—has been as incredibly scrumptious as its beautiful photo promised it would be.

So, if you love to bake, but you don’t eat grains, dairy or refined sugar, I am certain that Indulge! will hit your sweet spot just right!

And if you are on a Paleo or Primal diet, well, sometimes you just want a piece of cake!  

The ingredients in Indulge! reflect the principles within these diets: natural, dairy free, low inflammation and grain free. So, here’s a way to actually have that occasional piece of cake—and eat it too!

This rich, dense, grain free chocolate cake will deeply satisfy your chocolate cravings, without the guilt.

I’ve made this cake three times now, each time for people who didn’t have food allergies, and it never ceases to amaze everyone who tastes it.

Who knew grain-free baking could be this yummy?

Cover of Indulge Grain Free Desserts cookbook on ipad

If you love dessert as much as I do, but have been totally unimpressed with most grain-free baked goods, I strongly encourage you to check out Indulge!

With over 70 recipes for everything from dairy-free chocolate ganache to classic vanilla cake to grain-free pie crust, plus helpful information about substitutions and special ingredients, your gluten-free or grain-free cookbook library just wouldn’t be complete without this valuable resource.

This book is so popular, over 25,000 copies have been downloaded so far, so don’t miss it!

Check out Indulge! here

Other Gluten Free Chocolate Treats

slice of flourless chocolate truffle cake with caramel sauce on a white plate
5 from 3 votes

Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cake

Carol Lovett | Ditch the Wheat
This flourless, dairy-free cake is a cross between a chocolate truffle and a brownie. The cake is so rich only a sliver of a slice is needed to satisfy your chocolate craving!
CuisineGAPS, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian
Makes8 slices
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 5 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line the bottom of a 7 inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, cream together honey and coconut oil. Mix in the egg yolks (or 2 large eggs).
  • Add to the mixture coconut milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the spring form pan. Bake for 25–30 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out with moist crumbs. (You want a dense cake when finished so the toothpick should not come out clean.)
  • Let the cake set for at least 5 hours before cutting and serving.
  • Serve plain or with a recipe of Double Double Caramel Sauce (also in the book)


Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 149mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1.5mg


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  1. I have a 10″ springform pan. How can I change the recipe to accomadate this/ It looks wonderful and I am anxious to but the coconut milk to try it. I have everything else.

  2. This is helpful, both my husband and I seem to react to grains (which is difficult when you have such a love for baking – and he has such a love for eating backed goods!), ideas like this help tremendously.

  3. I was looking for something rich and chocolate and this fits the bill! I am such a nut person I had to add 1/3 cup of chopped pecans and 1/3 cup almond flour. It came out wonderful and was very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being included in a chocolate roundup. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week too. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  5. I do not recommend anyone EVER eat agave syrup as it is highly processed and bad for health. (More info) Maple syrup or date paste would be healthier choices, though the honey is largely overpowered by the chocolate flavor.

  6. I love the way this recipe looks!!! Chocolate and grain free.!!! Who knew!!! Can’t wait to try it. Do you think I could substitute Agave syrup for the honey? I don’t care for honey!!!

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    Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network

    Hi Dawn,
    I have included this culinary delight in my list of ideas for Valentine’s Day, I published yesterday. Very impressive and a real mouth waterer! Always delighted you pop by Seasonal Celebration Wednesday! Rebecca @Natural Mothers Network x

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    April @ The 21st Century Housewife

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful, wonderful cake! It looks like such a treat. It’s fantastic that it is grain free as well. I love it when you can have just a small slice of something so good and be perfectly satisfied! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop. I’m featuring it in my H&S post tomorrow.

  9. I kinda can’t believe how incredibly amazing this sounds and how healthy it is, think I must make it soon! Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  10. That looks delicious. I’ve made this kind of cake before but had forgotten about it. I’m mostly grain free now, so this is a welcome reminder. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

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    Kathy @ Mind Body and Sole

    Mmmmmm! Looks SOOOO good! 🙂 I’m not grain free or dairy free, but I’m still tempted to try it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! 🙂

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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma


    I love flourless cakes {but oddly have always hated birthday cake}…this will be on the must try-list for the King. He adores this type of cake.

    I’m featuring this tonight at Creative Juice {and sharing at my pinterest board}. I’m putting that book on my to-buy list!

  13. I found your link at Growing Home. This looks AMAZING. I’m going to pin it and make it very soon; thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

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    Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    Wow, I could just lick the screen! YUM!!! I love that its grain free!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    See you at the link up this week! We are having a special giveaway this week! Its a tote bag filled with some Gluten Free Allergy Friendly goodies!

    Cindy from

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    Organic Aspirations (@becki_lewis)

    I’m glad you shared this on Eco Kids! I shared it with two friends on FB, and I pinned it for myself! YUM!

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    Jane {In the Pink and Green}

    I found your blog via the Tasty Tuesday link-up and this recipe looks amazing!! My husband and I have been eating Paleo for about 1 year now, and so far my attempts at Paleo baking have yielded disgusting results…however this cake looks incredible!

  17. Oh perfect timing.. we have recently started GF Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Please stop by again this week!

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    Kari @ The Micro Farm Project

    I saw you on the Growing Home blog hop. This dessert looks delicious. I will add it to my list of recipes to make. Thanks!

  19. What a beautiful presentation for your delicious Chocolate Cake. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. This looks and sounds amazing! I will have to make this for a mom’s night in get together! Thanks for sharing at Miz Helen’s!

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    Kristy @ Little Natural Cottage

    This looks SO amazing! I can’t believe how simple the ingredient list is! I will definitely be treating my family to this yummy dessert.

    Thank you for linking up at our Natural Living blog party.

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    Debi @ Adorned From Above

    This looks amazing. i would love to have you share this with this weeks Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop, if you haven’t already. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above



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