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Skinny Chocolate Cake

Hannah and I had so much fun at our library over the weekend – they just renovated the whole place, and I don’t take advantage of it often enough.  One of the books I got was Jamie Oliver’s “Super Foods” and one of the recipes that I thought I could tweak a bit to make it lower in points was his “pretty chia pots.”  Hannah bought a lifetime supply of chia seeds about a year ago (do they go bad?!) so I already had everything I needed to make this.

The bottom layer is yogurt, bananas, vanilla extract and chia seeds.  It chills in the fridge for an hour to firm up, then the top layer is frozen mango, more banana and topped with fresh fruit and unsweetened coconut flakes.  

The flavor is amazing, but the texture got to me after I ate about half of this mason jar.  It started tasting like gourmet baby food and I am not quite ready to post the recipe for this – I think I’ll treat this more like a smoothie bowl and add granola/nuts/etc. which will add more points but I’d probably lick the bowl clean – stay tuned!  Photo credit goes to Hannah – who lost SIX pounds her first week on Weight Watchers. #gohannah

I met my sister and her co-worker Jenny for walking at Macy’s at lunch.  It was a balmy 21 degrees and I easily could have walked outside in that weather especially since it was sunny.  But it was fun catching up with Jenny – I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas.

Lunch was a snap to put together because it was another bowl of lasagna soup – the only sad part was that I forgot the lite mozzarella a.k.a cheesy goodness!  It was still delicious.  If you haven’t tried Italian Seasoned Jennie-O turkey give it a try.  It’s not zero points, but only 1 point an ounce.  My bowl of soup without the cheese was 5 points.

I left work on time yesterday!  Whoop!  Although I waited to take the 5:30 train.  I could have caught the 5:20 train, but it would have been packed and since I am near the end of the line, I would have had to stand for at least 30 minutes of my 1:07 train ride home.  But I was one of the first ones on the 5:30 train, so I got a great seat.  

Am I the only one who writes recipes on the way home from work? Hannah and I tried to make skinny brownies the night before last, and they tasted like ass.  When I woke up yesterday morning, I suddenly realized that Hannah and I forgot to put the protein powder in! I am not sure that would have helped the recipe at all, but Hannah called them “frownies” instead of brownies, and declared them #nastypants.  If you guys are not watching our stories on Instagram, there is some pretty funny shit there!

Anywho, I tweaked this a bit after I put this together, for starters I doubled the recipe, I added baking powder (which in hindsight may have made it more cake like than brownie) and added coconut milk.

While the brownies (well cake!) baked, I made this quick dinner.  Leftovers!  I had leftover steak, I needed to use up the rest of some shrimp that I defrosted, and made orzo to make this quick spinach and orzo side dish.  Literally about 15 minutes from beginning to end, and mostly because I had to wait for the water to boil for the orzo.

Surf and Turf Weeknight Dinner

The creole sauce is below – once you take everything out of the pan, just pour this mixture in the pan, cook for 2 minutes until it thickens up, and pour it over the steak and shrimp.  I swear it tastes like there is butter in the sauce, but there isn’t any. 

After the “brownies” cooled and I cut them, it was quite clear that I had made chocolate cake.  And I wasn’t mad about that!  I don’t like overly sweet desserts (well, except for gummies!) and if I am at a wedding or baby shower and someone hands me a piece of cake, the first thing I do is scrape off all the frosting.

Hannah took a bite, and I wish I would have videotaped it, because she still thought these tasted #nastypants.  I like them, and brought a few squares to work to get the opinion of a couple other people.  So I am posting the recipe, because I would make these again.  And maybe I put a bit of whipped cream on top to kick it up a notch.

Skinny Chocolate Cake
Serves 16
A slightly sweet chocolate cake that won't break the calorie bank.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
140 calories
13 g
54 g
10 g
4 g
5 g
50 g
96 g
3 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 54mg
Sodium 96mg
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  2. 2 tablespoons grape seed oil (or olive oil)
  3. 2 cups no calorie granular Splenda
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  10. 1 cup coconut milk (mine is Aldi brand at 60 calories a cup)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the butter, oil, splenda, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla in a large bowl and mix with a whisk for a minute.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix with a fork the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Combine the flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Put in a 9x9 or 8x8 pan (I lined mine with parchment paper so it would be easy to take out of the pan) and bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool and slice into 16 portions.
  1. I put this recipe into the Weight Watchers recipe builder and it's 3 smart points per square.
My Bizzy Kitchen

Skinny Chocolate Cake

This was the perfect way to end my day yesterday, and I ended my day with 25/23 points for the day.

Skinny chocolate cake

Okay, so to prove how technically challenged I am?  Yesterday I couldn’t log onto my wifi hot spot.  Well, when Jacob fixed my phone and mac book pro, he had to go back to some factory settings or something like that – well I name my phone My Bizzy Kitchen so I can find it on the wifi drop down on the train.  When he reset my iphone, it named my phone iphone – and I could have logged on using that on the train ride in yesterday.  Doh!

All is well, my computer is working great, so thank you Jacob!

We are already to Wednesday – make it a great day!

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  • Katelyn Rose
    January 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Awesome job Hannah and Biz! Keep up the good work 🙂

    I’m jealous of your 21 degree weather – currently 11 but feels like 1 and I’m just east of Dallas!

    • Biz319
      January 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks! And your weather has been nuts this year! My brother who is in Austin had snow on the ground that stayed on the grass for a few days!

  • Lynne
    January 17, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Woo-hoo Hannah! Congrats on your WW success! You too Biz! Hmmmm – follow the plan and it works – REMARKABLE! I’m going to have to try that because my version of the plan is only producing maintenance, not weight loss. You both are my inspiration this week! My daily points are 36, so I’m going to shoot for 35-40/day, drinking more water and moving some and see what happens at my next Wednesday weigh-in – Stay Tuned 🙂 and have a great day!

    • Biz319
      January 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      That’s awesome Lynne! I know, what a concept, follow the directions and you lose weight! My biggest thing (besides ditching the wine) is treating the weekend like the weekday, and not a “its the weekend!” and eat and drink whatever and erase any progress I made during the week.

      We need to meet up soon!!

  • Fran
    January 18, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Hi there, remember me 🙂

    I have all Jamie’s books, I’m going to look that recipe up in his book.

    Chocolate cake should never be skinny if you ask me. When I bake I don’t replace ingredients with skinny ingredients. I go all the way or nothing when it comes to baking 🙂

  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    January 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

    It’s those little things – like that creole sauce. Awesome tip!!!