Healthy Heart/Valentine Special- 3 Grain Dark Chocolate Berry Nutty Cake

Who say’s healthy can’t be rich and tasty?

When someone says – they are diabetic/ have high cholesterol / gluten intolerance or that they are trying to diet, how many of us think “Oh man, how sad it is to eat bland tasteless food ?”

Here’s a heart healthy recipe that’s going to make you totally drool. When i was looking out for ingredients that are good for the heart, i was totally excited about the variety and choices. Think of all the berry’s , dark chocolate and nuts. I had been waiting for a chance to use strawberries in a bake. How perfect is this?

Yes , i can’t get over layers and colours . The base is a ragi , bajra and whole wheat dark chocolate brownie layer with walnuts. The top layer is made of wholewheat and fresh strawberry puree and filled with dried cranberries. I absolutely loved how the various flavours complemented each other and came together.

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Healthy Heart/Valentine Special- 3 Grain Dark Chocolate Berry Nutty Cake
Who say's healthy can't be rich and tasty? When someone says that, they are diabetic/ have high cholesterol / gluten intolerance or that they are trying to diet, how many of us think "Oh man, how sad it is to eat bland tasteless food"? Here's a heart healthy recipe that's going to make you totally d
Course dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Brownie layer
Strawberry Layer
Course dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Brownie layer
Strawberry Layer
Instructions
  1. Brownie layer- Sieve the ragi, bajra, whole wheat flours along with baking powder and baking soda, about 4-5 times. Set aside.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Keep a greased and lined baking tin ready.
  4. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Mix the sugar and curd, let the sugar dissolve completely.
  6. Add the oil and beat the mixture well.
  7. Add the melted chocolate to the above and beat well.
  8. Fold in the sieved dry ingredients gently, until just combined.
  9. Spoon into a greased and lined baking tin. Tap gently, to remove any air bubbles trapped within.
  10. Place/ arrange the chopped walnuts over this brownie layer.
  11. Strawberry Layer- Sieve the whole wheat flour, milk powder, baking soda and baking powder together, 3-4 times.
  12. Beat the sugar and curd, until the sugar dissolves completely.
  13. Add the oil and beat well.
  14. Mix in the strawberry puree and beat well. The mix now looks a gorgeous pink.
  15. Fold in the sieved flour gently, until just combined.
  16. Spoon over the brownie layer. [ spread it evenly in such a way that it covers the entire top].
  17. Top with dried cranberries and sliced strawberries.
  18. Place in a pre heated oven and bake at 170 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the skewer inserted in the center, comes out clean.
  19. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before unmolding.
  20. Cool further on a wire rack for about half an hour.
  21. Slice once completely cooled.
Recipe Notes

Notes-

I love using healthy flours. Ragi especially goes brilliantly with chocolate based cakes. But ragi does tend to get dry and doesn't bind too well. Bajra cakes, on the other hand tend to get, too moist and soft. This is the reason i have used a combination of the two. Together they give the cake the 'perfect' texture.

You can choose to use all purpose flour.  The only  lovely difference, i think this might make, is retaining the lovely strawberry pink,of the top layer.

I chose olive oil because of the ' heart friendly' theme. You can use any cooking oil in its place.

The brown sugar too can be replaced with regular white sugar.

I used about 10 strawberries to make the puree [ simply chop them and puree in your mixer].

Start off with keeping the sieved dry ingredients and wet ingredients ready for both the layers. Once all the ingredients are ready for both the layers, then fold in the brownie mix and then make the strawberry layer. This way you can save time and also, the first cake batter wouldn't be out for long.

Cheers to Love and Health

Happy Baking

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Meghna Limbachiya says:

    Hi, can grated jaggery be used instead of brown sugar for the chocolate brownie layer. And maybe for the strawberry layer too 🙂

  2. Akila Subramanian says:

    Jaggery may be used but it would change the texture and result of the bake. Also jaggery has a strong flavour and can be a dominating taste.

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