Chocolate Cherry Energy Cake

Many times in the afternoon I hit a little slump.

It’s been a few hours since I ate lunch, and if my lunch wasn’t anything too substantial {most times because there’s nothing in the house} then I need something more than a handful of nuts and some fruit to keep me going! Especially on Mondays when I work late and don’t eat dinner until 8pm!

This is when the brainstorming begins.

A while back I made this banana-nut protein mug cake, and I still enjoy it from time to time. Yesterday, we were out of bananas but I had some frozen organic cherries in the freezer for Ella. I am trying different things for her 1 year birthday cake, and this was one of the ingredients. Also, she likes to snack on them!

I looked through my cabinets to see what I could whip up—something that would give me a little energy and satisfy my hunger pains. Something a little sweet too. I played with the banana-nut cake recipe by swapping out the flour and a few other ingredients but found I had to add twice the milk and oil/applesauce {I tried both but like the coconut oil version for added nutrition, buttery flavor and energy!}.

Then, I just added less flour and it came out great!

Chocolate Cherry Energy Cake



Chocolate Cherry Energy Cake

yield: 1

adapted from: Banana Walnut Mini-Cake


2 Tablespoons coconut flour {see note}

1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk {or non-dairy milk of choice}

1 Tablespoon vanilla protein powder

1 heaping Tablespoon carob, cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 Tablespoon {70% dark} chocolate chips

1/4 cup pitted cherries

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 egg or flax egg {see note}

2-5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia {I used NuNaturals}


To make coconut flour {if you can’t find it} just grind up unsweetened coconut flakes until it’s a flour-like consistency. To make a flax egg for added nutrients, or if you are a vegan take 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed and 3 Tablespoons water and mix together. Set it aside for a few minutes to let it fluff up a bit.

Spray a mug or large ramekin with organic cooking spray. Place all of the dry ingredients in the mug and mix together. Add the melted coconut oil {applesauce would also work}, almond extract, stevia, and almond milk. Mix to combine. Add egg or flax egg and mix to combine. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Cook in microwave on high for 2-2:30 minutes {times vary, I did about 2:10 minutes}.

Let it set for a minute then transfer if to a plate. Enjoy!

This also makes a great guilt-free dessert! Just add some coconut milk whipped cream to the top!



Why coconut flour? I was trying to go for the grain-free option here. Coconut is an amazing super-food and great for energy! I used to hate it. I thought coconut was the most disgusting food ever. I hated the texture, everything about it! Now—I can’t get enough! I heard once that your taste changed every 7 years. I;’m not sure if it’s true, or if the benefits of coconut have tricked my taste buds into me liking it but when used the right way—It’s amazing!

The saturated fat found in coconuts are made up of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids that the body will quickly convert to energy instead of storing as fat. Therefore, although high in saturated fat, coconut can aid in weight loss.

I think a lot of people are still confused about coconut, coconut oil; like should it be solid? How to buy it, how to use it, etc. This is something I am going to address in the “back to basics week” of my 100 days til summer challenge! So excited!


In other news, did you notice the new badge on the upper right hand corner?


I found out this morning that The Fitness Dish was nominated in the “Best Personal Trainer” category for best blog!

I am honored to be there with some other amazing women! Voting started last week but TFD was added today so it’s pretty behind in the polls Winking smile That’s okay though! Like I said, I am just humbled to be in the running!

If you want to vote I’d love some support!

Unfortunately everyone that’s been trying to vote is getting an error message. I’m not sure what that’s all about but hopefully they start going through soon!

Talk Soon!



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  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Wow, I want organic cherries but they are SO expensive. This recipe looks excellent though! Thanks for sharing! I’ve never used coconut flour! Must try it!!

    March 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply laury

      it was only $3.69 for a bag of frozen ones in WF here! They were on sale! The non sale price was still cheap. Once the come in fresh they are kind of pricey though.

      You would love coconut flour!

      March 6, 2012 at 12:21 am
  • Reply pure2raw twins

    love chocolate cherry combo!!! YUM
    and congrats on the nomination!!!! you deserve it!

    March 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks! you deserve it too!!!!!!!

      March 6, 2012 at 12:21 am
  • Reply hännah @ dishesanddishes

    Congratulations on the Fitness blogger nomination! That must be so exciting 🙂 This looks like a great way to satisfy my relentless sweet tooth, thanks!

    March 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you!!

      March 6, 2012 at 12:21 am
  • Reply Morgan

    That really is a super healthy treat! I love it! You know I’m pulling for you for some good votes! You so deserve it! You are just like a breath of fresh air blog to me! Makes me happy! <3 I didn't have any probs when I went and voted. i had to make an account (kinda) but it was NO BIG DEAL at all and took literally under 1 minutes. 😀 Way to go on the the Nom. So fun and exciting when those types of things happen!

    March 6, 2012 at 12:51 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, girlfriend!!! I need them so I don’t look too pathetic hahah. Jk 😉

      March 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply nicole

    This cake sound so good! I haven’t tried coconut flour yet, but need to pick up some to try it!

    March 6, 2012 at 7:06 am
    • Reply laury

      if you have unsweetened coconut just grind it up! that’s what I did

      March 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    That recipe looks great. I see a variety of possibilities with it too. I’ve never used coconut flour, but I use coconut oil regularly.

    Congrats on the nomination : )

    March 6, 2012 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Alisa

    Ooh, this looks amazing Laury! You’ve been teasing so much with delicious looking treats lately. I’m always a little leary on egg-free with coconut flour, but this looks like it worked well!

    March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am
    • Reply laury

      well, in THIS I used an egg but added that option for allergies/ vegans. Hmmm…I HAVE used a flax egg in muffins with coconut flour for Ella though. They were mixed with another flour but it cam out great–very moist! You have me thinking I need to test this with a flax egg now. I should have but figured it would work fine bc of my other experience with it!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Congrats on the nomination! I have made those microwave coconut flour cakes and think they’re pretty good. I’ve yet to try frozen cherries, but I’m sure they are great.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply laury


      Yes I never saw one with coconut flour before so I thought I’d try it and it was good!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    i love using coconut flour in my backing! I also love that you’re so creative in the kitchen and try different things! I haven’t baked in over a month so I’m itching again to whip something up. This looks delicious!

    Can’t wait to see what you end up choosing for Ella’s bday cake in May!

    March 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      I know you do! I am new to using it but am liking so far!!!

      March 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    this looks outstanding! i’ve been on a cherry kick lately too (well frozen berry blend with them in it 😉 congrats on your nomination you deserve it!

    March 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, so good! I made this in smoothie form today petty much frozen cherries, 1/2 banana, protein, hemp seeds, almond milk, carob powder, ice–so yummy!

      March 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Ok, I just tried to vote, and it wouldn’t work, but I’ll keep trying! Congrats on the nomination—I hope you win!!!!

    The cake looks yummy…you know I’m a fanatic about all things coconut!

    March 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply laury

      It’s so annoying. No one seems to be able to vote for me. It’s a conspiracy hahaha

      March 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    i used to hate coconut too! I still hate nasty candy sweetened coconut, but the real stuff, and coconut flour is delish.

    I could use one of those energy cakes right now!

    March 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh I agree! I think I hated coconut so much because of the nasty sweetened stuff! I never liked it as a kid and just thought it was gross because of that!

      March 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    As I was reading over the recipe, my head became flooded with coconut questions. I can’t wait to hear more about it!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm
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