Lunch Box Idea 33: Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

Now this is an interesting recipe, as it’s got no flour in it.  I know, you gasp, “No flour… But cake always has flour in it…!” Well, not this recipe, so if you’re keen to experiment and try something different, then read on.  Perhaps this is just perfect for Father’s Day or any special celebration.

Flourless Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake – daintily sliced into portions, perfect for your lunch box or picnic

Makes about 36 small squares

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 50 mins

Nutritional information per serving

83 calories

6.5g fat (2.5g sat fat)

6.5g sugar

Saving 33 calories per serving

Ingredients you will need:

  • 200g dark 70% chocolate
  • 15g Pure Via Granules plus extra for dusting
  • 150g low fat spread
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 50g hazel nuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1-2 tbsp 70% cocoa for dusting


1  Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C (160C in a fan oven) Add the chocolate, Pure Via and spread to a heat proof bowl then sit it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until melted then remove and put to one side.

2  Stir the almonds and hazelnuts into the mixture and beat in the egg yolks one by one.

3  Whisk the egg whites until they reach stiff peaks then, adding a little at a time, fold each egg  into the chocolate mixture making sure it is mixed in before adding the next. Pour into the tin then put in the oven to bake for about 35-50 minutes until cake is cooked through.

Remove from oven and leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes before releasing then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with the cocoa if you wish and cut into small squares to serve.

So if you’re wanting a treat to bake up for Father’s Day or any other celebration, then do try it and let us know how you get on.

So what treats are you baking up this weekend?

The Lunch Box Lady x

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