Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe
Chocolate cake is a classic treat that deserves a place in your recipe arsenal. And this super easy recipe, which is made with a base of ground oats and yogurt, is a healthy alternative that still delivers on the indulgent flavor you expect. But the best part? The batter comes together in a food processor with no other special equipment and it bakes up in just 30 minutes.
My family has a handful of spring birthdays, so easy desserts are always on my mind at this time of year. And since our birthday parties are often attended by lots of kids, friends with gluten-intolerances, and those who just love chocolate, this cake has become a staple in our house.
I love baking with ground rolled oats, which takes the place of regular flour in this cake, because it’s an easy ingredient if you need to cater to a gluten-free crowd. (Just look for certified gluten free oats in your store). And when combined with cocoa powder and a handful of other ingredients to add both flavor and moisture—there’s even yogurt in the mix—this cake is super moist, yet rich. We like it served chilled, which makes it a perfect dessert option if you’re looking for something to make ahead of time.
There’s just enough chocolate in the batter to satisfy cravings, but not enough to result in sugar crashes in the kiddos—and the sprinkling of chocolate on top is purely optional. You could also do sliced strawberries or a pile of fresh raspberries if you’d rather incorporate some fruit.
We love this Chocolate Coconut Cake for a special dessert. It’s also the perfect thing to enjoy on a weekend afternoon alongside a cup of milk or coffee. Enjoy!
Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream
- 1/2 cup coconut shredded, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 9-inch round baking pans.
- Place the oats, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is a coarse powder, about 1 minute.
- Add coconut milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and melted coconut oil and process until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared baking pans.
- Bake for 19-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan on a wire rack, then invert onto a wire rack out of the pan and let cool completely.
- Top with frosting and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Enjoy!
- In a medium bowl combine softened butter, powdered sugar, coconut extract, and coconut cream. Whip together until smooth and creamy. Frost on your cake once it has cooled and top with shredded coconut.
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Is their a way to make without using eggs? My son has an egg allergy. Thanks!
I didn’t try making it egg-free but if you do, please let us know how it turns out!
Our son has an egg allergy as well. We’ve found the best substitutes for a cake to be either flax (one tablespoon of ground up flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water, let sit until goopy = 1 egg) and Aquafaba which is the juice from a can of Garbanzo beans. Sounds strange to be sure, but it works really well. 3 tablespoons of juice = one egg. Good luck!
Can the coconut be omitted? If so does it need to be replaced with something? Just looking for a plain chocolate cake base.
I would like to make these in cupcakes. How long do you think I will need to bake them? Thanks!
Can you omit the chocolate chips?
I made the cake for my boys and I must say they like it a lot. I skipped flax seeds and instead of syrup used coconut sugar not a lot about 100 gr. moist and tasty . thank you for quick and easy recipe.
So Yummy and excellent recipe writing skills.Apart from that a nice Cake. I loved it very much. Please keep this good work rolling.
what could i use to substitute the yoghurt?
Hi Katie, if you’re looking for a dairy free option you can use coconut yogurt.