An adaptation of EatingWell's popular Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake, this recipe is from reader Barr Hogen of San Francisco. “I love chocolate--it has antioxidants--but Americans need more fiber in our diet. So I added prunes, which provide a lot of moisture, and flaxseeds, which have the added benefit of omega-3s,” she wrote. “If you can squeeze fiber into your decadent dessert, why not?”

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).

  • Spread nuts in a small baking pan and bake until golden and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

  • Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix hot water and prune puree (or pie filling or Lighter Bake) in a measuring cup; add to the batter and whisk until incorporated. Fold in chocolate and the nuts with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.

  • Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto the rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.


Equipment: 12-cup bundt pan

Ingredient Notes
Flaxseeds are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. Flaxseeds are perishable, so purchase whole seeds (instead of ground flaxmeal), store in the refrigerator and grind in a clean coffee grinder or dry blender just before using.

Rice bran oil is made from the nutritious bran and germ layers of rice. It has a high smoke point, 490°F, making it an excellent choice for frying, and a delicate flavor, so it is ideal for baking. Look for it in natural-foods stores. For more information, visit

Tip: To make prune puree: Combine 6 ounces (1 cup) pitted prunes with 6 tablespoons hot water in a food processor; process until smooth. Makes 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts

281.5 calories; protein 5.3g 11% DV; carbohydrates 46.3g 15% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 3g 12% DV; sugars 30.4g; fat 10.1g 16% DV; saturated fat 2.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 24mg 8% DV; vitamin a iu 106IU 2% DV; vitamin c 0.7mg 1% DV; folate 12.8mcg 3% DV; calcium 66.2mg 7% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 31.3mg 11% DV; potassium 163.4mg 5% DV; sodium 357mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

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healthy? This bundt cake sounds delicious but I am not sure 2 cups of sugar is healthy. Maybe with a sugar substitute? Pros: chocolate! Cons: 2 cups of sugar Read More