Gluten-Free, Paleo, Diabetic-Friendly Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

Updated on July 18, 2017

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 1 round cake, inch

What You Will Need...


  • 4 eggs, organic
  • 150g hazelnut, ground
  • 80g coconut pulp, dried
  • 120g coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla, organic extract
  • 1 bar pure dark chocolate, for drizzling (optional)

This recipe was made for a medium-sized springform pan. But you can easily vary the quantity using this simple ration: Use 50-60g of nuts/egg and 30-40g sugar/egg.

As you see, we have substituted some of the hazelnuts with dried coconut pulp, a by-product of making fresh coconut milk at home. This makes our cake a bit less fatty and a bit more economic since we get to add in another nutritious resource.

Coconut sugar claims to have a much lower glycemic index than other sugars
Coconut sugar claims to have a much lower glycemic index than other sugars


  1. Separate the egg whites carefully from the egg yolks.
  2. Mix the egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla in a big bowl.
  3. Mix your hazelnuts and coconut pulp, and keep them ready.
  4. When the egg whites are very stiff, put it on top of your sugary egg yolks. Now drop the hazelnut mix on top.
  5. Carefully fold the nuts into the whites, and make sure that all the ingredients get mixed well. Be careful not to mix too vigorously; otherwise, your egg whites will collapse. You might need to add some sugar to your whites when beating them. If you do, don't use coconut sugar because it can make your whites break!
  6. Preheat your oven on 180°C (355°F).
  7. Line your springform pan with baking paper. Fill the pan with the dough, and use a spoon to create an even surface. Bake for 45min - 1h at 180°C (355°F). Use a wooden toothpick to determine if the cake is ready. Prick it in the center, and if no dough sticks to the pick, the cake is done.
  8. Let cake cool, and add chocolate icing. You can add "icing" by melting some dark chocolate (75% or above), and drizzling it on the cooled-down cake for some extra chocolaty indulgence.

Here's What the Beaten Egg Whites Should Look Like

Ready to Go in the Oven

Finished and Beautiful!

How Can Cake Be Diabetic-Friendly?

About a year ago, my husband, my mother-in-law, and I decided to go Paleo. Paleo is a dietary choice that aims to eliminate things like grains, sugars, and dairy products. It's supposed to be an effort to eat like cavemen in the Paleolithic era did: lots of veggies, nuts, and meat.

While many sweet dishes that aren't just fruit are usually not strictly Paleo, most of us allow ourselves a sweet indulgence once in a while. During my family's experimentations, we developed this adapted version of a German hazelnut cake that doesn't contain grains, only nuts and eggs. My mother-in-law used to be a severe diabetic, taking three different medications and an injection everyday, but her sugar levels running out of control nevertheless. When we switched to Paleo, she finally managed to control her diabetes. She is currently only on half pill a day with mostly superb sugar levels!

Nevertheless, for occasions like birthdays and the lot, we were looking for some sweet sin that would be tasty, but not send her sugar levels through the roof. And happily ended up with this hazelnut (with optional chocolate) coconut cake, which is now an all-time favourite.

Part of the secret is that we use a lower amount of coconut sugar than most recipes call for. By now, we find regular recipes far too sweet anyway. The coconut sugar we use is said to have a lower glycemic index (and thus has a gentler impact on my mother-in-law's sugar levels). And it pairs nicely with the recipe because of its caramel-like flavour.

If you are diabetic, you should still treat this cake as a dessert and be aware that it will raise your sugar. But it is far superior to anything you will find ready-made. Though I'm not a master baker, the taste has been superb every single time I've made this, and it is a truly simple cake to bake. Have fun baking!

I hope you enjoyed the recipe. You could easily vary it by adding coco powder, coffee, honey, or other nuts. Share your favourite variations with us!


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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow... This looks simply mouth watering. Voted up.