Healthy Blueberry Chocolate Glaze Cake

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Good evening!

Hope you have had a great weekend. My day off has been good (but too short!).

Eric was short on time this morning as he had to go into Toronto, so we skipped the brick workout and just did a bike-run with him on bike and me on foot! He left me about 2/3 of the way through so he could leave for Toronto.

I wanted to do a long run today (7-8 miles) as I am thinking about running one of the half marathons I did last September and October (Half marathon #1 and half marathon #2 recaps). Jess has almost talked me into it! ;) I do love me a good half marathon. They don’t take an insane amount of time to train for, which is good news because I am going to be traveling overseas in September. I will tell you all about it as soon as everything is booked!

I have been doing long runs all summer long (up to 7 miles), but I want to start gradually increasing my distance. I have some time, so there is no rush.

The run today was AWESOME! Perhaps, one of my strongest runs to date. Eric and I did Murder Hill route today. I set a difficult challenge today of running each of my 7 miles faster than the previous. I find it is really hard to increase speed in combination with an uphill portion of the route. Miles 3-6 are pretty much all uphill, so I found that it was much more difficult than I thought it would be.

The run:

  • Time: 1 hour 4 mins 3 secs
  • Distance: 7.11 miles
  • Avg pace: 9 min/mile
  • Max pace: 7:25 min/mile

 

Eric took these pics on his Blackberry!

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Mile splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:41
  • Mile 2: 9:38
  • Mile 3: 9:06:37
  • Mile 4: 9:06:30 (still faster!!!!)
  • Mile 5: 8:52
  • Mile 6: 8:43
  • Mile 7: 8:04
  • Mile 7-7.11: 50 secs (7:25 min/mile pace)

 

Goal accomplished!

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I was pretty much cursing the hills today, but I felt so accomplished when I was finished!

When I got home, I decided that I wanted ice cream cake. I had a sliver of cake with chunky peanut butter banana soft serve, followed by a huge lunch of leftovers after my shower.

Ice cream cake!!!

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Gosh, it was so good! I left the peanut butter chunky and it was even better than when processed smooth.

Ok, so let me get right to this Blueberry Chocolate Cake recipe I teased you with earlier…

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Healthy Blueberry Chocolate Glaze Cake

Adapted from Fat Free Vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Chocolate glaze (1/2 cup dark chocolate chips + 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted in micro for 30 seconds or so)
  • Blueberries, for garnish
  • Unsweet. shredded coconut, for garnish

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, mix spelt flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, chia (or flax), and sea salt. Set aside. In a blender, combine water, 1/2 cup blueberries, and balsamic vinegar and blend until smooth, for about 60 seconds. Add the maple syrup and the blueberry mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until completely mixed, being careful not to overmix.  Pour into an oiled 9-inch round cake pan. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool for at least 15 minutes. Prepare the chocolate glaze by taking a small bowl and adding the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in micro on high for about 30 seconds. Stir to get all the clumps out and immediately pour onto cake, spreading evenly with a spoon. Top with blueberries and coconut. *Note change below that I would make to this recipe.

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Yes please!

This cake is not only delicious, but it comes with super healthy nutritional stats too.

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The result is a very delicious and very dainty cake! It is a very thin cake so you can always double the recipe and make a two-layer cake (with a middle layer of blueberries!) or you can just use as is.

Eric and I thought it was perfect- very light and not over powering. No sugar coma here. It is so healthy you can even have some for breakfast as I did today with a green monster.

I used whole grain spelt flour instead of white whole wheat flour, so I reduced the water a bit (you need to reduce by 25% when subbing spelt). If you use white or whole wheat flour, be sure to use 3/4 cup water as the original recipe calls for.

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What I would change the next time I make this recipe:

  • I would add a mashed banana to the batter. I would have preferred if the cake was a bit more moist. I think I overcooked mine a bit, but I would still probably add a mashed banana to add a bit of moistness as there is no oil in this cake. Spelt flour also produces more of a ‘crumbly’ texture, so I think it needs a bit more moistness.

 

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A good use of blueberries I would say!

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We had some family over today and between all of us we polished it off! It was so yummy and everyone enjoyed it.

Well, I’m off to do some prep for the week ahead and then hopefully have some time to read Eat Pray Love before bed. I haven’t had time to read for 3-4 days and I am in withdrawal! I can’t wait to see the movie. Anyone know when it comes out? I think Julia Roberts is the perfect actress to play Elizabeth.

Night!

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1 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 25, 2010

That cake looks delicious! I love sweets that are not overwhelmingly sweet, and don’t make me jittery or moody (sugar affects my mood.) I might try that one!

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2 Tina July 25, 2010

I think you should definitely go for the half if you think the training can fit into other things going on in your life. Look forward to hearing where the trip is to.

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3 Courtney (Delightful Devours) July 25, 2010

Yum that cake looks awesome!
I agree that Julia Roberts is the perfect actress for this movie. I will be so disappointed if it isn’t just like the book!

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4 Juliana July 25, 2010

The cake looks great! I can’t wait for this movie to come out and have a girls night out…It still going to take a while…August 13 :-(
At least we know that you are going to finish the book by then. :-)

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5 Andrea July 25, 2010

That cake looks great. My fiance doesn’t like chocolate but he loves blueberries….Maybe I can tempt him to try it! If not more for me :)
Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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6 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 25, 2010

That cakes looks amazing. Those blueberries look electric!

Great time on your run too — I can’t wait to hear where you’ll be traveling!

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7 Callie July 25, 2010

That cake looks so good! Especially how it’s nutritious and delicious. :)
Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

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8 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 25, 2010

Sounds delicious- and LOOKS beautiful!!! :)

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 25, 2010

Ange, those are wicked splits! Great job!
I’m not normally a cakes person, but I just printed off the recipe and I can’t wait to try it (hopefully this coming weekend!)

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10 Pure2raw twins July 25, 2010

Blueberry and chocolate! YUM!! We notice when we bake things with chocolate there is a fine line between over baking, so I hear ya on moist cake.

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11 hannah July 25, 2010

I can wait to make some of that cake!!! My family has been a little dissappointed with some of my latest baking failures, but im sure they wont be complaining about a chocolate cake!!!!!

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12 Allison @ Food For Healing July 25, 2010

i love how simple and amazing that cake looks. Summer isn’t summer without blueberries! I’ve been eating so many lately, i just love them

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13 Daniel July 25, 2010

I made that cake when I first saw it on her website and I loved it too! I would totally agree with the addition of the banana even though I used whole wheat flour (it would also allow for a little bit of cutting back on the maple). My only complaint was that it was too chocolately and not enough blueberry flavor.

The blueberries on your cake are really blue too, I love how pretty it looks!

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14 Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 25, 2010

What an AWESOME run and an AWESOME cake! Great job!

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15 Molly @ MollyRunsFresh July 25, 2010

Way to go on those negative splits. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, I can’t wait to make it. I’m reading Eat Pray Love right now too. I’ve never been very spiritual but I am learning a lot from the book.

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16 theemptynutjar July 25, 2010

I actually really am not fond of Julia Roberts acting (I am a huge minority obviously in those feelings)…I have no desire to see the movie actually (I think Diane Lane would have been a good pick).

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17 christina cadden July 25, 2010

Looks like a good run! That cake looks amazing!

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18 kaila July 25, 2010

i just had a cake like this at a local vegan/vegetarian restaurant! it was amazing and i am so excited you posted this recipe today because i was just thinking of how i could recreate that vegan chocolate cake. thanks! its looks delish.

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19 Lindsay July 25, 2010

Great job on the negative splits! And that cake…looks like heaven! :)

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20 Mandy a July 25, 2010

this looks SO good! I have some spelt flour sitting in my pantry that I need to do something with… this is the answer! Thank you! :)

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21 Ashley July 25, 2010

The cake looks absolutely amazing!!! I can’t wait to try it! :)

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22 Emily July 25, 2010

Ange that cake looks absolutely INSANE! Something about the blueberries and dark chocolate together, it just looks awesome! Cannot wait to try this one sometime this week:)

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23 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 25, 2010

I was thinking about picking up that book to read! You’re liking it so far??

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24 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010

So far it is good…India was a bit slow, but other than that I am really liking it!

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25 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 25, 2010

i want to swan-dive into that cake! i love the contrast of the berries with the chocolate glaze :)

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26 Paige @ Running Around Normal July 25, 2010

Nice job on the run! Very inspiring – I don’t know how you do it with those hills.
That cake is definitely drool worthy. In fact, it just made me hungry and I already shut down the kitchen!

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27 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 25, 2010

Healthy ice cream cake!! That is awesome :-D Congrats on doing so well on the 7-miler!!

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28 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2010

Thanks everyone!

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29 tanyasDailyProductReviews July 25, 2010

Looks so good!

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30 Becki @ HikeBikeEat July 25, 2010

Those blueberries look photoshopped, they’re so blue!

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31 Rachel@SmileOutLoud July 25, 2010

I agree, Angela–Julia Roberts was BORN to play Elizabeth, and I cannot wait for the movie to come out! I think it could even top Sex and the City 2 as my favorite movie of the summer :D Thank goodness we don’t have to wait much longer now!

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32 Cara July 25, 2010

One can never go wrong with a healthy cake! Yum!
Except that I might be tempted to eat the whole thing…

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33 Chelsey July 25, 2010

That cake looks sooo good! I totally want to make it! How much mashed banana wouldyou add? Just one?

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34 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010

probably 1 large ripe banana :)

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35 Wendy July 25, 2010

Oooooh. VERY MUCH digging the cake and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing it!
Always enjoy your pics, too. :-)

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36 jodye July 25, 2010

This cake looks absolutely wonderful, so light and summery. Anything involving chocolate is fine by me!

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37 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 25, 2010

Awesome job on that run! And girl–yes–that is a very good way to use blueberries :)

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38 Kristina July 25, 2010

I am re – reading Eat Pray Love right now, in anticipation of the movie (August 13 – !). I love this book and cannot wait for the movie…

This dessert looks fabulous.

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39 Mama Pea July 26, 2010

GOOOOOREGOUS! And the cake’s not half bad either ;)

I love your pants…they’d look great on my floor.

I just thought while I was throwing out cheesy lines, I might as well keep them coming. And that’s what she said!

I am so, so sorry. Apparently it was a wine night.

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40 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 26, 2010

HA! I’m pretending this is facebook and “liking” this comment.

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41 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 26, 2010

That cake looks unbelievable!!! And I can’t wait to hear about your travels! :) I just start EPL also and I’m already itching to jet off somewhere.

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42 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) July 26, 2010

Aaah I saw that cake on FFV the other day and wondered if yours was an adaptation – I thought it looked divine when I first saw it, and it stil does :)
Congrats on the run!

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43 jassy July 26, 2010

that cake looks so enticing…it looks so moist and chewy which reminds me of this delicious brownies from a local store here. hmmm…cravings…i still don’t know how to successfully deal with it.

have a relaxing sunday or is is monday there already? :)

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44 Ellani July 26, 2010

I used Susan’s recipe as well last week, and it did not turn out dry at all, in fact it was nice and moist. I think the key is not to overcook it. I would be afraid that adding a banana to the batter would make it too heavy. I really like how light the cake turned out to be (though give me some dense banana bread any day!!!!).

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45 JL Goes Vegan July 26, 2010

Beautiful cake!

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46 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 26, 2010

It looks amazing. I hear ya on the banana though – I often add one to my baking with whole wheat flour because it comes out so moist.

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47 GlowingBIL July 26, 2010

The cake looked great. Gabriela was drawn to it as soon as she came in the door (ooooo cake!)

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48 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 26, 2010

That cake looks amazing.

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49 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 26, 2010

A blueberry chocolate glaze cake sounds to die for already…but once you make it healthy it’s practically unreal. YUM!! This is a must try :D

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50 Natalie July 26, 2010

That cake looks amazing. Just drooling over here :)…… I always top my cake/muffins/sweet bread with fruit nowadays, it makes for such an amazing flavor combo.
Wherever you’re going, I hope it’s fun!

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51 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 26, 2010

You will totally rock the 1/2 if you end up doing it!

The cake looks so yummy by the way. Mmmmm!!

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52 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 26, 2010

That cake looks delicious but it’s also so pretty! I’m bookmarking this for the next time I have company over. It looks incredibly fancy.

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53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 26, 2010

Congrats on the awesome run! And way to conquer those hills!

Thanks for this cake recipe! It looks like a perfect snack to have on hand!

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54 Kelsey H July 26, 2010

Just got back from vacation, and one of my first priorities was catching up on all the blog goodness I had missed not having the internet! So excited to come back to that tomato and basil recipe:) And that 7 mile negative split run is inspiring. The feeling when youve finished is always worth it tho. Glad to be back!

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55 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010

Glad you are back too! :)

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56 rachel July 26, 2010

that cake looks amazing!

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57 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 26, 2010

That cake is beautiful!!! It looks SO delicious, but yet it is healthy – impressive!!

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58 sassy molassy July 26, 2010

Mmmm…that cake looks delish. Love the pop of blue on top with the blueberries.

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59 Rebecca (Blissfully Vegan) July 26, 2010

What a gorgeous looking cake! And virtuous ingredients – i like :) I love Eat Pray Love! Such an inspiring book, can’t wait for the movie…Well done on your run! I’m doing my first half-marathon in Cambodia at the end of this year, very excited but nervous ;)

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60 Kate July 26, 2010

YUM. And the timing is perfection – my coworker just brought me 5 pounds of fresh Michigan blueberries…they will be going to very good use!

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61 Minna July 26, 2010

Thank you so much for the delicious & healthy & fabulous looking cake !!!
Will try it out with wild blueberries form our summer cottage.

And also thank you about your inspirational blog, just <3 your stories and pictures !!

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62 Kelly July 26, 2010

Thanks for the cake recipe! I made it tonight and added the banana. It was really delicious:)

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63 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010

Glad you liked it!

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64 Marcy July 28, 2010

I made this cake today, and added the smashed banana. AWESOME!!! My 3 year old love it too! I blogged about it today. Thanks so much for sharing!

http://thesimplelife-marcy.blogspot.com/2010/07/healthy-blueberry-chocolate-glaze-cake.html

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65 Zulema July 29, 2010

Hi Angela,
I Made this cake, and I added one banana, but is still feeling like “dry” Anyway it was delicious! Thanks for sharing! I blogged it too.

By the way I made the Voo and and love it, is my favourite breakfast right now…

(I know, my english is very ugly, sorry, haha)

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66 Lauren M. July 29, 2010

I made the cake last night and it was super yummy. It was even better this morning because the whole wheat flavor mellows a bit after resting. Mine was soooooooooo moist. Like a thick, chewy brownie. I use WW flour, so maybe the spelt dries it out a bit. I also subbed a little almond milk for part of the water. Maybe it helped? Anyway, thanks for sharing! I knew that after seeing it on fat free vegan AND your blog, I had to make it. It was a sign. :)

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67 Beth August 3, 2010

Hiya! This looks amazing (and all the other recipes that I’ve followed have been so lovely, even MY husband thinks so!!) I have a quick question about the Choc. Blueberry Cake: I have a gluten allergy and am wondering what flour you would recommend using in lieu of the spelt flour? I am new to this gluten free baking…

Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! xxx

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68 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2010

Im sorry I am not sure, I have not done any GF baking with flours!

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69 Stephanie August 10, 2010

This cake is heavenly! I made your mexican tortilla pie for dinner and this cake for dessert tonight and they were both a hit! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes :)

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