I forgot how old my husband is. Not like, “oh I’m making fun of you because you can’t throw it down like you used to,” more like, “you’re 32, right? No, wait. 31? 33?” Call me a bad wife but the numbers just seem to blur together. Because of my inability to remember anything lately, I’ll just make my own paleo chocolate brownie skillet cake for my birthday this year, then I don’t have to feel guilty forgetting anyone else’s.
Yes yes, go shawty, it’s my birthday. I remember when birthdays used to consist of going out for martinis with a dozen of my closest gal pals, finding the perfect outfit beforehand, and nursing an epic (but worth it) hangover the next day. Oh life of my 20’s. This birthday will undoubabley be just as wild. I’m thinking husband takes over bath duty with the kids, I slip into my sexiest granny-like pjs (you know, those SUPER soft ‘n fuzzy ones), push play on the DVR, and cry watching This is Us.
I can’t decide if I’ll have a glass of red, white, or just some camomile tea. Maybe my husband will get me jewelry, a leather handbag, or that bath rug I’ve been eyeing on Macys.com. I’m sure my friends will be flooding me with calls and flowers, or maybe just lots of Snapchats of them, sans makeup, doing the exact same thing I am that night. I mean, the possibilities are endless.
I’m SURE my kids will sleep in past 6am the next day – it’s my birthday, why would they not? And no doubt I’ll be sending text to my sister saying, “thirty-xxxxx is THE year”. A beautiful 3-tiered birthday cake will have a massive piece missing, from all of our celebrating the previous night.
Actually, none of this will happen. I’ll pass out before we even start watching TV, my husband will be like, “just go buy something you want”, my friends will be passed out as well, because…parenting. My kids will wake up 3 times that night and I’ll pass on the picture perfect cake because those are stupid expensive.
LIES – my husband will get me something. He actually is a terrific gift-giver. And there will be cake. There HAS to be cake.
I’m perfectly satisfied whipping up my own paleo chocolate brownie skillet cake and eating it straight from the pan (somewhere in between the kids’ bath/before I fall asleep on the couch). I may not share because….birthday girl. And of course I’ll make it the same classic way I always do – gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened, and sprinkled with a few more chocolate chips straight out of the oven (because…warm, melty chocolate).
You won’t believe how easy this paleo chocolate brownie skillet cake is, or how old I am despite my cool, youthful appearance. Just a few simple ingredients baked in a skillet means no insane amount of dishes, no perfect frosting techniques, no sharing. Ok fine, this is probably meant to be shared, since it is like 12″ in diameter…
In under 30 minutes, you have a decadent treat for birthdays, anniversaries, get-togethers, or a ‘just because’ family dessert. Top it with ice cream or whipped coconut cream (droooooool) and you won’t look at your cast-iron skillet (or traditional birthday cakes) the same ever again.
Chocolate not your thing? Then we can’t be friends. KIDDING! Here are some other healthy dessert recipes to try instead: paleo strawberry mug cake, paleo lemon strawberry cheesecake, paleo apple bread with caramel maple glaze, or paleo banana cream pie cookies.
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ cup chocolate chips (dairy-free for full paleo)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder in a large bowl
- Melt the coconut oil and honey (if using raw, solidified honey) in the microwave for a few seconds until it is in liquid form. Let cool slightly
- Add the eggs to the dry ingredients and add the honey and coconut oil. Mix until will combined
- Mix in the chocolate chips
- Pour the batter into a grease 12" cast iron or oven-safe skillet
- Bake for 20-25 minutes
- Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on the top of the cake as it's hot
- Optional: serve with dollop of coconut cream or ice cream if desired