October 27, 2010

Chocolate Spelt Loaf

I've been working from home this week mending my sore back. Sitting down and vacuuming seem to be the worst (and I'm not making this up!), but standing doesn't hurt so at least I've still been able to go about my daily chores. Thankfully standing next to the stove doesn't hurt either!

I felt like baking a nice treat for my partner and I, and this chocolate spelt loaf is what I created. It is still a healthy treat, there is no oil or butter used to make this, and if you wish, you can even substitute sugar with raw honey. Sometimes a little treat goes a long way :-) If only chocolate could mend broken backs as well!

Chocolate Spelt Loaf

1 1/2 cups organic white spelt flour
1/4 cup unsweetened, pure cacao powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup natural muscovado sugar
3/4 cup organic, unsweetened apple sauce
3 large free-range eggs, lightly whisked
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup raw walnuts, chopped
20g dark, 70% chocolate, chopped

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cacao, baking powder, bicarb and muscovado. Mix until well combined. Add the apple sauce, eggs and milk and mix well to combine. Finally fold in the walnuts and the chocolate and pour into a prepared loaf tin. Bake in 170C for about 45-50 minutes.




  1. What are you doing vacuuming while ill? Surely that is what boyfriends should be for?!?

    With the apple sauce and spelt flour what is the taste / texture like compared to a regular chocolate cake?

    I hope you get better soon.

  2. Yeah get boyfriend onto the vacuumin. I hear melted chocolate rubbed over aching body parts is a good remedy ;)

  3. Hehe! Now you know when I cook a lot :) First advise from the practitioner is 'stop vacuuming'! It's the worst chores for back injury because of the position and movement. Hope you get well soo!

  4. That loaf must taste wonderful! A great treat.

    I hope you'll fell better soon.



  5. I love that this has so many healthy ingredients! Baking with agave makes me feel so virtuous.

    I'm sorry to hear about your back! HOpe you feel better soon!

  6. Sorry to hear about your back troubles. Chocolate definitely helps :)
    Such a nice recipe for when you need the chocolate cake hit, without the fat.

  7. Hope your sore back gets better soon!! I wouldn't have thought sitting down would be bad for the back!! haha...
    I guess it's a good thing you can stand up then =) This loaf looks delicious! And I love that it's so healthy too- I've always wanted to try making a chocolate cake with applesauce....just to see how it compares to one made with butter. I'll definitely be saving this recipe!

  8. I have been collecting recipes that use apple sauce so i can use up all the applesauce i made. This looks like a really good one. I'm putting it my bookmarks.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    *get well kisses* HH

  9. You poor thing, hope the back heals up soon. I think backs respond well to chocolate. Chocolate loaves especially :)

  10. This is definitely a yummy treat! I hope your're feeling better soon!

  11. Wow! No oil or butter. What a smart healthy recipe! I hope your back gets better soon. Sending you lots of love and positive energy

  12. Back aches are THE WORST! I have been dealing with 2 slipped discs...eewww! Now this recipe looks like it can make anyone feeli better. Yummy! ANd apple sauce.. :)

  13. Hope you are feeling better, Maria! Chocolate bread with lashings of cream and/or butter would certainly help ;)

  14. aww you poor thing!! having a sore back is the worst! hope you're feeling better.. but im sure that chocolate loaf would have cheered you right up!! it looks delicious! :)

  15. This loaf must taste so good!! It looks so moist and yummy! Bookmarked :)

  16. Love the chocolaty color and gorgeous texture for this baked goody.

  17. It wouldn't surprise me if the vacuuming caused your back pains in the first place! But that bread looks too yummy to be healthy. Must try it! Thanks for the recipe! :D


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