Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss & chocolate cake recipe with sneaky ingredients

I did REALLY well all September in cutting out refined sugar . . . then October happened and I starting practicing eating candy in preparation for Halloween . . .  Dr Joel Fuhrman, he don’t like sugar, no how.  Here’s some of his ways to stay away from sugar AND lose weight:

Dr. Fuhrman’s Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss

1. Eat a large green salad as your main dish at least once a day, with a healthy dressing. (I put spinach in my fruit smoothie, does that count?)

2. Eat two ounces of nuts and seeds a day. Include walnuts and flax seeds.  (I only eat brownies that have walnuts in them)

3. Eat some beans every day, in a soup, chili or burger. (I bought a can of beans)

4. Eat a large serving of cooked green vegetables every day.  (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #1)

5. Eat one fresh fruit with each meal (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #4)

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Healthy Chocolate Cake

This recipe that has some sneaky healthy ingredients.

“This cake tastes so good, you’ll never believe that it’s packed with veggies.”  (This is a quote from Dr Fhurman.  Please make it and let me know – I only make recipes that have less than 4 ingredients, including the package mix)

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded beets
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini

Chocolate-nut Icing:

  • 4 tbsp natural nonalkalized cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
  • 1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup Brazil nuts or hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla flavor


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flours, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups dates with the pineapple, banana and apple.

Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. In a large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture.

Add the fruit puree and mix well. Spread mixture in a 9.5-x-13.5-inch nonstick baking pan. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Or to make individual servings, bake in muffin tins lined with paper liners. Reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

For the chocolate-nut icing, combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.

12 comments on “Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss & chocolate cake recipe with sneaky ingredients

  1. It’s not so much about the number of ingredients but all that grating makes me tired just thinking about it. Carolyn is right about the glycemic index of dates and beets are also high. I have a great recipe for a chocolate cake made with chick peas (not the flour), eggs, chocolate chips, baking powder and a scant 1/2 cup of sugar. That’s it but it’s not completely sugar free, only gluten free.


  2. Judy,
    Did you make this cake?? Looks like it would be delicious. too many ingredients for me. Dates are good for you. Dr. Gregor is my go to doc for nutrition info.
    Lately I’ve been making fuji apple w/some berries pie, with some raisins/walnuts. Fuji’s are really flavorful. No sugar. delicious. I also cook the filling on stove and put over organic vanilla yogurt.


    • Aeeda-Ida,
      Of course I didn’t make this cake – as I said in the blog post I only make things that has less than 4 ingredients and I never lie in my posts – I may exaggerate but I don’t lie!!!!

      I love Dr Gregor – you are the one who introduced me to him and I think he’s great (you’re not so bad yourself!).

      How do you make the pie filling? It sounds like it has less than 4 ingredients.

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  3. Dr. Fuhrman’s chocolate cake recipe just makes me cranky. And also exhausted from grating all those beets and carrots. Personally, my life’s mission is not to seek out fake cake, but to really really savour the (very rare!) small piece of genuine real cake made the way our great-grandmothers knew how to bake a frickety-frackin’ cake for a nice special occasion like a birthday. No pitted dates in my birthday cake, please.

    And here’s an interesting factoid for the sugar-hating Dr. Fuhrman: the glycemic index (out of 100) for pitted dates happens to be 42 for 60gms, which is (amazingly!) the same glycemic index in an 111gm piece of cake with frosting made from a Betty Crocker mix!

    Isn’t that great?


    • Carolyn,
      You’ve always been my hero (I don’t like the word heroine especially since I don’t do drug counseling) but now your factoid on the glycemic index of dates vs Betty Crocker (another hero of mine) puts you at the top of my all-favorites list (which is much more prestigious than my hero-list)!

      I think I shall ring up Betty tomorrow and ask her to come on over and have a spot of tea with me. or coffee . . . I think Betty prefers coffee . . . or maybe milk . ..

      (Dr Fuhrman makes you cranky – love the image!!!!!! Come to think of it he should be picketed by the Stop-the-Cruelty-to-Vegetables Association.)
      xxxxx j

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