This recipe was given to me from a friend, and I’ve taken a few liberties with it. It is actually called “Thanksgiving Cake” and rightly so, it is made with pumpkin . That said, I think it is a great dessert for the whole holiday season, all the way through the New Year. I made it for three separate occasions, and each time, there wasn’t a morsel left. If that isn’t an indication that it is good, I don’t know what is!
The recipe is actually very healthy for a dessert. The pumpkin provides fiber, antioxidants and a wonderful flavor that isn’t overpowering. The walnuts provide a good dose of healthy fats and the dark chocolate provides some added antioxidants. Flavor wise, it appeals to a broad range of pallets: those who love chocolate and those who love fruit cakes. You really can’t go wrong.
The best part of this dessert is that is much healthier than a lot of typical desserts!
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 can all-natural pumpkin (plain and unsweetened – not the pie mix!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a square, 9″ x 9″ pan with canola oil. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Mix well. Add in oil and pumpkin, and mix until smooth.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add this to the pumpkin mixture a little at the time. Continue to mix until smooth. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Pour batter into the pan. Bake for 75 minutes. Let cool and serve!