Sunday, July 31, 2016

Chocolate Walnut Bundt Cake

Chocolate Walnut Bundt Cake

I had soaked a few raisins in wine yesterday. I also found some walnuts and buckwheat flour in the fridge. What better excuse to bake a healthy cake. So here it is!!  

Pic:Sanjana Kodical

Buckwheat flour – ½ cup
Egg – 1
Butter – 1 tbsp
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Jaggery powder – ½ cup
Cooking chocolate (melted) – 1 tbsp
Vanilla essence – ½ tsp
Banana (ripe) – ½
Curd – 2 tbsp (more if required for consistency of the batter)
Walnut pieces – 2 tbsp
Raisins (soaked in wine for a day) – 2 tbsp

Sieve all the dry ingredients together
Beat the egg well
Add to the dry ingredients slowly
Melt chocolate
Add butter to it
Add to the cake mixture
Mash banana
Add to mixture and mix carefully
Adjust the consistency using curd
Add raisins
Pour batter into the bundt cake pan
Put walnut pieces to cover the entire top
Preheat oven to 170 degrees
Bake for 20 mins or more
Check if done with a knife
Let it cool a bit
Serve warm

Important Note: Buckwheat cakes have a very short shelf life. Eat it fresh and refrigerate for 1 or 2 days. Make small batches.  

Health Benefits of Buckwheat
High protein content
Rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber
Lowers risk of developing high cholesterol
Lowers risk of developing high blood pressure
This is partly because of its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin
Good source of magnesium which relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow
Good for diabetics. Lowers blood sugar levels
High in insoluble fiber, helps prevent gallstones
Good source of copper required for production of red blood cells
Protects against heart disease

                     Health Benefits of Walnut
Has a large amount of vitamins B6
Has alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a precursor to Omega-3
Helps prevent heart disease
Lowers cholesterol
Promotes brain health
Contain s Biotin (vitamin B7) that helps strengthen hair, reduce hair fall and improve hair growth
Good for weight management
Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes

                  Health Benefits of Raisins
Provides relief from constipation
Powerful boost of energy
Has vitamins, amino acids and minerals like selenium and phosphorus which facilitate absorption of nutrients and proteins in the body
Reduces hypertension
Prevents overeating
Helps in healthy weight gain
Prevents macular degeneration, age-related weakening of vision and cataracts
Has high level of catechins, antioxidants that scavenge free radicals
Reduces acidity of blood
Helpful in sexual dysfunction
Has calcium and boron, important for bone health

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