1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup unsweetened “natural” cocoa powder
⅓ cup whole flaxseeds, ground (see Ingredient notes)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ¼ cup buttermilk
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup rice bran oil or canola oil (see Ingredient notes)
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup hot water
½ cup prune puree (see Tip), prune pie filling or Sunsweet Lighter Bake
½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
confectioners' sugar for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).
2. Spread nuts in a small baking pan and bake until golden and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
3. Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix hot water and prune puree (or pie filling or Lighter Bake) in a measuring cup; add to the batter and whisk until incorporated. Fold in chocolate and the nuts with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
4. Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto the rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Ingredient Notes: Flaxseeds are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. Flaxseeds are perishable, so purchase whole seeds (instead of ground flaxmeal), store in the refrigerator and grind in a clean coffee grinder or dry blender just before using.
Rice bran oil is made from the nutritious bran and germ layers of rice. It has a high smoke point, 490°F, making it an excellent choice for frying, and a delicate flavor, so it is ideal for baking. Look for it in natural-foods stores. For more information, visit www.californiariceoil.com.
Tip: To make prune puree: Combine 6 ounces (1 cup) pitted prunes with 6 tablespoons hot water in a food processor; process until smooth. Makes 1 cup.
Equipment: 12-cup bundt pan
Provided by: EatingWell
Per Single Serving / Serves 16 Total
- Calories 266
- Calories from fat 90
- Total Fat 10gm 15%
- Saturated Fat 2gm 10%
- Monounsaturated Fat 4gm
- Sodium 342mg 14%
- Total Carbohydrates 44gm 15%
- Fiber 2gm 8%
- Protein 5gm
- Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.