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Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cake (Paleo, Vegetarian)

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

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?

Indulge-grain-free-dessertsIf 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

Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cake

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!
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CuisineGAPS, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Chilling Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 40 minutes
Servings8 slices



  • 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: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.5mg


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Dawn Gifford

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.


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