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DSC_0054Healthy clean Marble Cake. Paleo, gluten free and naturally sweetened. || The Smoothie Lover

People often find it weird that I like baking healthy cakes. Not that they don’t like it slightly healthier, but I find that people tend to not like completely healthy cakes. Therefore it is kind of my mission to find recipes on healthy cakes which other people don’t think taste weird. I mean – I don’t mind if you can taste the cake it healthy.

Healthy clean Marble Cake. Paleo, gluten free and naturally sweetened. || The Smoothie Lover

Well, that’s what most people think. And then there’s one of my best friends Charlotte. I’m lucky to have her. She’s amazing AND she likes baking healthy cakes as well. Whoopee! I love that.

Healthy clean Marble Cake. Paleo, gluten free and naturally sweetened. || The Smoothie Lover

So, last week she wrote me because she wanted to hear my opinion on a recipe she had come up with on marble cake. She wanted to know if I thought it sounded ok. I immediately wanted to bake that cake. It sounded SO good. So I decided to bake it today. And oh my gosh… it is so good. Even my brother liked it. And if you’ve been following me for a while you might know he definitely doesn’t like healthy cakes.

I’m so happy to have this recipe! And slightly sad it wasn’t me who came up with the recipe. Lotte – you are a genius!

Healthy clean Marble Cake. Paleo, gluten free and naturally sweetened. || The Smoothie Lover

I thought it was quite funny she asked me about a marble cake. Because what Charlotte doesn’t know is that I kind of associate marble cake with her. It is a very sweet story; last year on my birthday (when I turned 17) no one from my family was home/ had time for celebrating me. But Charlotte’s family was so kind – they invited me over to them. Charlotte’s mother made the most delicious food – and Charlotte had baked a wonderful marble cake for me. Completed with flags and everything. That was the first time I ever had marble cake. And it was so delicious!

Look I found a picture of it:

Healthy clean Marble Cake. Paleo, gluten free and naturally sweetened. || The Smoothie Lover



Healthy Paleo Marble Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 pieces

Serving Size: 1 piece


  • 100 g. dates (2/3 cup)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 90 g. almonds (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp) or 1/2 cup + 1tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 cup nut flour of choice (or brown rice flour if you are not completely paleo)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda (omit if you are strictly paleo)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil - melted
  • 60 g. dark chocolate


  1. Soak the dates in water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 175°C/ 350°F.
  3. Drain and transfer to a food processor. Pulse until the dates turn into a paste (or almost a paste). Add in the banana and eggs and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Clean the food processor and place the almonds in it. Blend until it turns into almond flour - or just use almond flour and skip this step.
  5. In the bowl with dates/ bananas/ eggs add the almond flour, rice flour, vanilla extract, baking soda and coconut oil.
  6. Grease a small pan with coconut oil and pour half of the batter into the pan. Melt the chocolate and stir it into the remaining batter in the bowl. Pour the chocolate batter into the pan as well and lightly stir together.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool slightly and cut into 8 bars.

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20 responses to “Paleo Marble Cake – by Charlotte”

  1. What a lovely best friend and a lovely cake!! I love how you got such beautiful colors in your marble cake. What a great gluten free and healthy recipe.. I know it can be hard finding those who enjoy healthy sweets, but if you do cherish them :) Happy belated Birthday!!!

  2. This sounds so good- especially sweetned with dates! I really like healthy cakes when I’m craving something hearty yet sweet in the afternoons….but not when I’m really craving a rich and sugary dessert. This sounds like a cake I might even pass off as breakfast :)

  3. caileejoy says:

    Wow!! This looks amazing!! I’ll bet it was so good! Can’t believe it’s paleo! Talk about a win! YUM! :)

  4. Josefine this looks so good! I’m exactly the same I love finding out desserts are healthy, but my family often find my creations quite weird. It’s hard to find a balance sometimes that everyone wants! This cake looks like the perfect solution :)

  5. Paula says:

    Sometimes I prepare healthy dessert. But you don’t tell people that it is, that’s the secret :P It works often. Sometimes they say: “What is this?”. Matter of luck!!!
    When I told my boyfriend that my chocolate cake had black beans, he can’t believe it!!! Frightened face… and then he repeated!! :P

    What a nice story that your birthday :D It’s nice when you’re family is ou and someone makes you feel as well as with them ;)

    The cake looks very nice, texture looks great!!
    Actually, I hate the first and fourth photo, see that and can’t eat is horrible!

    Have a nice weekend!!

  6. Ohhh my goodness this looks AMAZING! Wow! That is so sweet of your friend’s family to invite you over on your birthday!

  7. rika@vm says:

    You have such gorgeous photos, love all your baked good photos! ;) I also spent a year in Aarhus few years ago, loved the city and the people! Skal and happy belated birthday ;)

  8. Mary Frances says:

    What a sweet way to celebrate and what fun memories! I love good memories associated with good food. And I don’t blame you for trying the cake, its all I can think about now! Its amazing how healthy it, is too!

  9. This cake looks beautiful Josefine! So pretty and healthy too – you’ve got to love that!

  10. This marble cake sounds and looks absolutely stunning! I would never say it is healthy! This is a recipe I need to try1
    Enjoy your weekend <3

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