So yes, it is always good to make your own chocolate cake with applesauce and cocoa powder, and the end result is always something deliciously low in fat and almost good for you. On the other hand, sometimes you are willing to take a break from your diet and are looking for something delicious to round out a low-fat dinner. Last night, I had a failed attempt at gnocchi. I’m not sure what really went wrong, but the end result was a lumpy, sticky potato-mush on the counter. The upside was that I was ready with brown rice pasta as a backup, which ended up going very well with my oil-free vegan pesto. Since we started the meal with a tomato bruschetta (which used a very teensy teaspoon of olive oil), I felt more than justified in taking a major shortcut with dessert.
Cue Amy’s. for those of you not in the know, Amy’s is a brand that produces natural, organic packaged foods, which are largely available in the frozen section of grocery stores. Even Ralph’s carries Amy’s products. Yesterday, I was at Whole Foods trying to improvise a dessert. We were in the frozen section, checking out a selection of raw gelato and ice cream. After checking the ingredients on the raw ice cream, I realized that it had just as much oil as any other dessert. and I reasoned that if I was going to break the McDougall plan, I was going to do it for something I knew would be delicious. Cue the improvisation. I debated the idea of baking a lemon-poppy seed cake and wrestled with the notion of baklava. I was considering a lemon tart when, like a shining beacon of hope, Amy’s frozen cakes jumped out at me. I originally went for the lemon poppy seed, but it was not vegan. Our choices were limited to orange or chocolate, and the boyfriend made the right choice with the chocolate. I also snagged a bag of Whole Food’s frozen berry medley, making this quite possibly the easiest dessert ever created. As a bonus, it was also delicious.

Wine pairing: an entire bottle of Almond Creek Champagne :)

So Easy It’s Cheating Chocolate Cake

  • 1 Amy’s frozen chocolate cake
  • 1 c. Whole Foods frozen berry blend
  • 2 TBSP. carob chips

Defrost the cake in the fridge for a few hours.
Just before you are ready to serve, heat the berries and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan.
Cut the cake into slices and spoon the warm berry mixture over each slice.
Sprinkle carob chips on top.
Hide the Amy’s box from your guests, wipe some cocoa powder on your cheek, and pretend you did it all yourself.