Grain-Free Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter and Caramel Layers

Grain-Free Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter and Caramel Layers

Who doesn't love a good ol' slice of chocolate cake?! If you don't then we might not be friends...

All kidding aside, chocolate cake and other treats, often feel out of reach for many people suffering from food sensitivities or who follow certain dietary protocols. However, there are so many great alternatives to suit people's needs that we can all enjoy treats! This grain-free cake is also gluten-free and vegan! Can't have nuts? Change the flour to something you can have, use a seed instead of cashews and sub the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter! 

Remember - everything in moderation. Don't deprive yourself and if you are someone who has food sensitivities and dietary requirements, you can still make room for the odd treat :) 


1 1/2 cup almond flour 

4 chia eggs (12 tbsp water with 4 tbsp chia seeds - let sit for 5 minutes)

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 1/5 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup plant-based milk

Caramel Layer

15 pitted medjool dates

2 cups soaked cashews (at least 2 hours)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 bag chocolate chips

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 tbsp peanut butter


1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then combine 

3. Combine in two greased 6 inch round cake pans

4. Bake for 40 minutes 

5. In the meantime make Caramel Layer by combining all the ingredients in a food processor. Set aside. 

6. Remove cake from oven and let cool completely 

7. Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer by combining all ingredients in a saucepan on low and melt completely. 

8. Add caramel mix to first layer (I find it easier to spread with my hands)

9. Add second cake layer and then spread peanut butter chocolate layer all over.

10. Serve immediately or put it in the fridge to let cool (I like it cool better!) 

 Tip! If you have extra batter then you can make little cupcakes! 

If you liked this recipe then check out some of my other recipes:

Oat Bites

Coconut Yogurt Dessert Bark

Indulgent Healthy Holiday Snacks

In good health, 


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