Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Healthy Chocolate Cake

This cake tastes so good, you'll never believe that it's packed with veggies. 

1 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup chickpea flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1 banana, peeled
1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
1 cup shredded beets
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
4 tbsp natural nonalkalized cocoa powder
1/2 cup dried currants
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/3 cup Brazil nuts or hazelnuts
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla flavor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flours, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups dates with the pineapple, banana and apple. 

Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. In a large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture. 

Add the fruit puree and mix well. Spread mixture in a 9.5-x-13.5-inch nonstick baking pan. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Or to make individual servings, bake in muffin tins lined with paper liners. Reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

For the chocolate-nut icing, combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.
 

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