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Guilt-free dark chocolate cake

Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager-Smith at Michelin Starred Bohemia has shared her recipe for her delicious, healthy, gluten-free chocolate cake - which includes no cream, butter or sugar!

Ingredients (To make 10 cupcakes or 1 small cake)

100g Ground almonds

45g Cocoa powder

5g Baking soda

5g Gluten free baking powder

3 Eggs

140g Maple syrup

200g Almond milk

200g Pitted dates

50g Grated courgette

200g Olive oil

150g Dark Chocolate


  1. Sieve all of the dry ingredients together

  2. Whisk the eggs and add the maple syrup

  3. Blend the almond milk, dates, grated courgettes and olive oil together

  4. Melt the dark chocolate

  5. Add the dry ingredients to egg mixture to create a smooth batter

  6. Fold the almond milk mixture carefully into the batter and pour in the dark chocolate

  7. Preheat the oven to 160°C

  8. Pour the mixture into a lined tin

  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes for cupcakes and 40 to 50 minutes for a cake

Ingredients – Chocolate, avocado and date icing

2 Avocados

250g Dates

15g Cocoa powder

60g Maple syrup

350g Almond milk

A pinch of salt

400g Melted dark chocolate


  1. Blend everything (except the dark chocolate) in a food processor

  2. Add the dark chocolate carefully whilst blending

  3. Decorate as you please

Bohemia was the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants. The 4AA Rosette restaurant also received the highest score in the Channel Islands in the Good Food Guide with a glowing score of 7 and was listed as the best restaurant in Jersey in the guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants in the UK’.

Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands

For reservations please call: 01534 880 588 or visit

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