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Low Carb Chocolate Cake

June 24, 2010

When CD and I were going over last month’s budget, I was a bit shocked to learn that I had been to the grocery store 27 times. TWENTY-SEVEN times! Oops. I had so many food aversions and bizarre cravings going on that I just went and bought whatever sounded good on that particular day, and then I would end up throwing several other items in the cart…including many pints of non-dairy ice-cream. Needless to say, our grocery spending…okay, my grocery spending was off the charts. So, I’m trying to cut back these days and rather than go out and buy whatever I’m craving, I’ve decided to just get creative based on ingredients we already have. All this to say that yesterday I really wanted some fudge or chocolate cake…so I made something really interesting…don’t be scared. πŸ˜‰

I decided to finally try a recipe I’ve had bookmarked for weeks, Chocolate Covered Katie’s High Protein Cake. Be prepared for chocolate overload in these next few photos…

I followed Katie’s recipe with a few HEABifications. First off, I doubled the recipe to make one large loaf cake, used applesauce instead of pumpkin, 1 whole egg instead of the egg replacement, 1/4 cup water, skipped any added sweetener, and threw in 1/2 mashed avocado for a good dose of fat. As much as I love my rice protein powder, it tends to taste chalky and dry in baked goods, and I was hoping the whole egg and avocado would add some moisture. They did!

Before baking…


After baking…notice the avocado chunks. Apparently, I didn’t do a very thorough job of mashing, but hey, who doesn’t like chocolate cake with green chunks?!?


So, how did it taste? Well, CD said It’s not awful, and he usually stays far away from my rice protein concoctions. I for one thought it was yummy. Definitely not your typical chocolate cake, but it did the job. First I enjoyed a piece atop a bowl of plain goat milk yogurt…


Then, I thought Ah, what the hell...


I’ll be the first to admit that I’m totally using pregnancy as an excuse to cover at least one dish in whipped cream everyday. πŸ™‚

Then we have this morning’s breakfast…


I made a big bowl of chocolate banana ice-cream (protein ice-cream with a frozen banana instead of protein powder) and toped it with 2 slices of the cake and today’s dose of whipped cream. I know it looks like nothing but a huge brownie sundae – but so many good things in there. Protein, avocado, egg, banana…all covered in chocolate.

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The stats for 1/6 of the cake recipe.

Before I go, more google searches that found their way to HEAB…


Aw, that made my whole day.

Katie, thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I already have plans to make it again soon…especially since I finished off the first one in less than 24 hours. πŸ˜‰

68 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010 8:20 am

    HAHA! I loooove that someone searched for “nice ass” and stumbled upon your page. That section of my blog stats is one of my favorites because there’s some funny stuff that shows up on there. Someone searched “hungover bikram yoga” and got to me… not AS good though!

  2. June 24, 2010 8:24 am

    bahahaha nice ass is HILARIOUS! way to rock it HEAB πŸ™‚

  3. June 24, 2010 8:27 am

    I bet we go to the store 27 times, too. No matter what, I ALWAYS forget something!

  4. June 24, 2010 8:29 am

    I totally could have written the first part of this post! I have been going to the grocery store every other day to restock on red grapes or buy more cheddar cheese to make more pimento cheese or more bread for sandwiches… it’s getting ridiculous, haha! πŸ˜‰ But I already feel like things are starting to settle down as far as the cravings and aversions, so hopefully my spending will settle down also! πŸ˜‰

    Hehe, I’d be totally flattered by that google search also!! πŸ˜‰ Way to work it Mama HEAB!! πŸ™‚

  5. June 24, 2010 8:29 am

    Wow, you almost went every day! That would have driven me crazy πŸ˜›

  6. Little Bookworm permalink
    June 24, 2010 8:29 am

    I love that last photo, it looks absolutely amazing! Funny google searches as well.

  7. June 24, 2010 8:30 am

    Ahh! I love the search list! Too funny!!! I am LOVING all the chocolate!!

  8. June 24, 2010 8:32 am

    I am afraid to track my grocery spending but think I probably should start . . .

    Not only one but 2 google searches for nice ass, brought them to your blog. Not bad Mama HEAB:) My blog is tiny but the best one I’ve gotten so far is “see through yoga pants.”

  9. June 24, 2010 8:35 am

    Nice ass…LOL. Love it! That would have made my day too πŸ™‚

    It looks like a good cake!

  10. June 24, 2010 8:39 am

    Oh man, I guess now you know how I search for you blog. That’s embarrassing…:)

  11. June 24, 2010 8:41 am

    Oh poor CD: you fed it to him without ANY added sweetener? LOL I fed some to my mom with just a 1/2 pack of stevia for the loaf (how I like it), and she SPIT it out hahaha. So I made her another try with 2 packs, and she ate it all up and said it tasted like brownies :).
    But it looks absolutely amazing over your protein ice cream, which is making me crave protein ice cream like crazy and wish I could bring my vita-mix with me in my suitcase. Hmmm… nope, no room. Plus, I think my family would think I was crazy :(. They already think it’s weird enough I’m bringing my bullet!

    Yikes, I’m writing a book here. I’ll stop now, but I have just one more thing to say:
    NICE ASS! πŸ˜‰

  12. June 24, 2010 8:41 am

    ahhh the amount of times i go to a grocery store a month is ridiculous too! i track my spending on and i spend more money on food than i should! almost as much as my rent! not okay!!

    i looooooove the google searches! they crack me up. do you use google analytics to find that out? your list looks different than mine, and that’s what i use.

    at least someone searched “nice ass” …someone searched for “chubby christina” and got to mine. hahahha

  13. June 24, 2010 8:43 am

    Yeah, wahtever, you just wanted to tell us all you have a nice ass!! πŸ˜‰ Which you probably do haha.

    It’s funny, I recently noticed that though I stopped shopping for clothes/shoes/um whatever .. .I’m still a massive consumer. There’s all these “foodie” items I “need” to try. I don’t “need” to do anything. I just make excuses because I think I’m addicted to spending money.

  14. June 24, 2010 8:43 am

    I am a firm believer that pregnancy can be used as a valid excuse for almost anything, but especially for anything involving the application of whipped cream!

  15. June 24, 2010 8:46 am

    Wow. I am so jealous “nice ass” was in your Google search terms. So jealous! I’m trying to figure out how I can swing something like that…;) Happy Thursday!

  16. June 24, 2010 8:51 am

    Oh yeah….how do you find that google search for how people get to your blog?
    Too funny.
    I’ve used avocado in muffin mixes before. LOVE it πŸ™‚

  17. June 24, 2010 8:57 am

    Funny the google searches!
    The protein cake looks really good and the stats are actually pretty good, 14 grams of protein and 3g of fiber in a serving, I like that!
    Will try that sometime for sure, avocado and all!

  18. June 24, 2010 8:59 am

    LOL re: the Google search. You’re awesome, HEAB.

  19. June 24, 2010 9:01 am

    Heather, WordPress provides the google search stats, but for Blogger, you can download Google Statistics…I think.

  20. June 24, 2010 9:02 am

    i probably go to the grocery store almost as many times a month as you do, and definitely need to cut back. you go in for one specific thing and end up leaving with 10. not good for the wallet πŸ˜‰

  21. June 24, 2010 9:03 am

    Christina, WordPress provides the Google search stats, and I’m the same way. I’m not a shoes or purse girl…all my money goes towards Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s!

  22. June 24, 2010 9:04 am

    Heather, Oops – I meant Google Analytics.

  23. June 24, 2010 9:04 am

    Saltytooth, Don’t be embarrassed – I’m honored. Hehe. πŸ™‚

  24. June 24, 2010 9:06 am

    Rachael, I’m amazed at what some people google. “See through yoga pants”?!?

  25. June 24, 2010 9:06 am

    Ilana, Ha, I wish! “Flat ass” would be a much more appropriate google search in my case. πŸ˜‰

  26. June 24, 2010 9:07 am

    HAHA! That’s definitely one way to rock your blog πŸ˜‰

    I really wanna try Katie’s recipe. Who am I kidding…I wanna try A LOT of her recipes! Glad it was delicious, and what a perfect summer breakfast!

    Happy Thursday, Heather!

  27. June 24, 2010 9:08 am

    I’m bad for grocery shopping a lot. I’m very much of the mindset of wanting everything fresh, and I never plan ahead, so I’m usually heading to the grocery store quite a few days a week. It’s surprising how much everything adds up though.

    That cake looks delicious. I really am going to have to try making one of them one of these days. And I love the idea of adding avocado. It’s one of my favorite foods.

    Isn’t it hilarious some of the searches that can bring people to your blog. My #1 search term is nerdgasm. It makes me chuckle.

  28. June 24, 2010 9:09 am

    Katie, LOVED the cake, and it was plenty sweet with the Jay Robb. I’m surprised CD even tried it…and even more shocked that he actually liked it as he is not a fan of rice protein powder. Glad he saved me some for breakfast! πŸ™‚

  29. June 24, 2010 9:10 am

    Ohkansascity, Nerdgasm – hahaha. Too funny! Hope you enjoy some avocado cake soon! πŸ™‚

  30. June 24, 2010 9:29 am

    Better search terms than what brings people to MY site!

  31. June 24, 2010 9:34 am

    Oh man, are you kidding me with this? This looks amazing. I want to dive right in. Fabulous idea for those of us with the incurable sweet tooth. Thanks!

  32. June 24, 2010 9:46 am

    My aversions and cravings have sent me to the grocery store more times than I want to admit. The only down side right now to that is the smell of the grocery store makes me want to gag right now. Oh the things one will do for pregnancy cravings πŸ™‚

    I am not going to have to try the protien cake. Every time I come to your blog your chocolate concontions look so good and I can not stop thinking about chocolate all day until I can get some.

    Love your blog!

  33. June 24, 2010 10:27 am

    That’s great. Mine would be “big ass”!

  34. June 24, 2010 10:54 am

    Hahahaha… I hope one day I too will have “nice ass” in my list of googel searches πŸ™‚

  35. June 24, 2010 11:30 am

    I think I go to the grocery store just as much as you!!!!


  36. June 24, 2010 11:33 am

    Hahahaha! Oh my gosh – I love the “nice ass” search. He/she definitely came to the right place – you are one hot mama.

    Quick question though: I know this is going to sound really awful, probably, and I apologize in advance if it comes out that way and please know that I have no experience/knowledge whatsoever with pregnancy and childrearing; but is there a limit to how much protein a growing baby can be given?


  37. June 24, 2010 11:39 am

    I go to the grocery store a lot too, i like for my produce to be fresh. Dont fret, when my sister was preggers, she’d make her hubby go to the store like every hour getting random stuff she normally didnt like. That cake looks so good! I would try it with a baked sweet potato for the pumpkin or ever blueberry apple sauce. O boy I need a napkin, Im drooling!

  38. June 24, 2010 11:39 am

    Yum chocolate heaven! I try to go to the store only once or twice a weeks… It helps me stay on budget but I tend to go more often expecially lately.

  39. June 24, 2010 11:51 am

    i installed google analytics b/c as a blogger blog, i dont have that handy feature but god, I want it! Goog analytics isnt perfect but I have seen a few interesting things in just a week or so.

    your groc store habits will quickly be put into check. The thought of schlepping out w/ a newborn wont happen so enjoy all these trips…truly! They are alone time on errands which will be a thing of your past soon….relish the freedom not to travel with 17 items to leave the house for a half hour πŸ™‚


  40. June 24, 2010 12:02 pm

    That cake looks delicious to me!! And I’m not even a big chocolate fan, haha. I can’t help but think that the avocado made it super moist.

    I’m with ya on going to the grocery store a lot. I just can’t help it, though…it’s one of my favorite hang outs! πŸ˜›

  41. June 24, 2010 12:19 pm

    Would NEVER have thoguht to add an avacado to a thing such as this..but it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea! it almost looks better BEFORE being baked! yummm xx

  42. June 24, 2010 12:39 pm

    Thats awesome that “nice ass” was a hit to your page!

  43. marshell y. Roper permalink
    June 24, 2010 1:17 pm

    aaaaaah! Just what I need, a low carb chocolate cake! I am on low/no carb diet, and I seriously think that if I make this cake, I will eat the whole thing in one sitting. Oh well. at least I will not feel too guilty.

  44. June 24, 2010 1:24 pm

    what do you mean.. i thought it was pretty obvious that all “nice ass” searches would end up here!! haha

    thats too funny πŸ™‚ but hey i guess we gotta take our complements when we can even if it comes from the most random and unusal places hehe

    oOoOo i love making chocolate desserts healthy! and even if they dont turn out sweet or the way u would expect choc cake to be, you can always do what you did and pair it with something sweet and turn it into an amazing dessert! YUMMY YUMMY for the TUMMY!


  45. June 24, 2010 1:43 pm

    I busted out laughing at that google search. Quite the compliment! πŸ˜‰

  46. Scott in Ohio permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:00 pm

    Pretty sure Christina and I BOTH went to the grocery 27 times last month. πŸ™‚

    One more thing we have in common, huh?

    We should definitely pick a city and all move there. Then we could just share trips to the store. πŸ™‚

  47. June 24, 2010 2:02 pm

    hahaha!! Search terms are so funny sometimes πŸ˜› I like the “fermented beverage” one, too!

  48. June 24, 2010 2:17 pm

    Pearl, Apparently protein is a very important nutrient when you’re pregnant…after all you are growing another person. Normally, I never worry about protein, and I’m not really worried about it now as I know I get plenty. However, my body is craving it like crazy – tons of meat, cheese, yogurt, etc. So, I’m just going with it. Some days I get a ton…others not so much, but I’m sure it all evens out. That’s why I went with a banana in my ice-cream instead of the protein powder as the cake itself provided more than enough for one meal.

  49. June 24, 2010 2:38 pm

    Hahaha! That’s the best, I have some weird ways that people get to my site too. I bought THE GUMS today too, because of you. πŸ™‚

  50. June 24, 2010 2:40 pm

    Teenage Gourmet – I hope you enjoy the gums. Let me know what you think!

  51. June 24, 2010 2:45 pm

    Hahahah. FANTASTIC!!

  52. June 24, 2010 2:55 pm

    Wow, 27 times? That rivals me πŸ˜€

    And that cake looks delicious- and nutritious! So what if there’s big green chunks πŸ˜€

    Nice ass! haha, awesome πŸ˜€


  53. June 24, 2010 3:00 pm

    That’s hilarious. I wish I could eat whipped cream every day! I love it, but I haven’t been buying it for awhile now bc of all the unnecessary additives in it. I’m determined to make it homemade when I really want it πŸ™‚ Your b-fast looks delicious.

  54. June 24, 2010 3:01 pm

    I’ve made chocolate pudding with avocado in it before and it was mighty tasty! Way to go!

  55. June 24, 2010 3:08 pm

    Haha…nice ass…love it! πŸ™‚

  56. June 24, 2010 3:08 pm

    Hmm 27 grocery trips. You’re preggars and allowed πŸ™‚
    Who knew chocolate cake and ice cream could have such good stats! Looks so tasty.

  57. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    June 24, 2010 3:42 pm

    Any post with cake as a title and breakfast as a category has to be good. nice ass is going to be searched for a lot more now that you’ve blogged on it πŸ™‚

  58. June 24, 2010 3:50 pm

    I’ve made that cake with eggs too and once without it. It is was more grainy when you don’t use the real egg. Nothing beats em (ba-dum, ch – that’s the drum sound after a corny joke…)

  59. June 24, 2010 4:49 pm

    haha I wonder which post “nice ass” was referring to? πŸ˜€ My favorite search term of all time was “Are farmer’s tans sexy?

    I’m loving all the chocolate action in this post. I need to buy some more choc. rice protein!

  60. June 24, 2010 4:58 pm

    Yum! I think I will be making the chocolate cake tonight and top it on some protein ice cream. I need to buy some more chocolate rice protein powder too from Jay Rob. I wish I could find it in a store, I hate having to pay for shipping.

  61. June 24, 2010 5:32 pm

    Danielle, I think the Google search referred the searcher to this post: πŸ˜‰

  62. June 24, 2010 5:51 pm

    so glad you posted this! I’d tried Katie’s version, but it was too dry… I think I goofed with trying to use real egg instead of the egg powder (I don’t know anything about that stuff, or how to sub for it). Hope to try this soon!

  63. June 24, 2010 6:14 pm

    OK I SCREAMED with laughter- thank you Heabie!

    For CD to say that it’s not that bad is the highest compliment short of “perhaps it won’t make me vomit”. I think yours LOOKS amazing as does Katie’s. I will have to try this- I wish there was a microwave version as yummy! GREAT stats too!

  64. June 24, 2010 7:28 pm

    Both Katie and you always have great recipes!! This chocolate cake looks great. I made avocado ice cream today and added protein powder and it made me think of you ; )

  65. Jae permalink
    June 24, 2010 8:01 pm

    haha the nice ass part made me ‘lol’-ed

  66. June 24, 2010 8:08 pm

    Haha, LOVE that search term!

    I also love that you went to the store 27 times in one month…. makes me feel slightly less ashamed for the high frequency which I go to the store, although I’m not pregnant so I don’t have the same excuse πŸ˜‰

  67. June 24, 2010 8:35 pm

    Oh my chocolate, that looks good! That google search is hilarious lol πŸ™‚

  68. June 25, 2010 3:22 am

    Pure2Raw, So honored to be thought of, especially when avocado ice-cream is involved. πŸ™‚

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