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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Super Food Saturday-Coconut Chocolate Cake

Maybe you gave up chocolate or desserts for Lent. So now you might be ready to treat yourself just a little bit.  This recipe might help you indulge your sweet tooth without sending your diet totally off the rails.  Sometimes I just have to have dessert. But when I do I try and make it at least a little bit healthy. This reciped is adapted from a recipe from King Arthur Flour Company. It is gluten free and I used raw sugar and added nuts.  Enjoy.

Chocolate Coconut Cake*

½ cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter
½ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup raw sugar
¾ cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
6 eggs

Preheat oven to 400F.  Butter a 9 inch cake pan.  Sift together the coconut flour and baking soda. Set aside.  In a saucepan melt the butter, then add the cocoa power and whisk to combine.

Mix together the sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Add to the cocoa mixture, and then add the flour mixture. Stir until well mixed. Fold in the nuts.  Pour into the prepared pan. Let rest 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes our until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes.  Turn onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Dust with powder sugar.

*Adapted from recipe by King Arthur Flour


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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