Paleo Chocolate Loaf (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

This grain-free, paleo chocolate loaf cake is an easy, casual dessert that calls for simple, nutritious ingredients. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free.

This loaf style cake is rich and chocolaty tasting, but not overly sweet. Its sweetness level is similar to that of dark chocolate. It’s perfect for dessert, yet I think it’s nutritious enough to eat for breakfast or as a snack.

Chocolate cake on a white plate.

Main Ingredients

I opted for maple syrup as the sweetener in this paleo recipe because it adds a warm, rich flavour that pairs well with the cocoa powder in this recipe. Honey works well in this recipe too so feel free to substitute some nice manuka honey or any other type of honey you prefer. 

I used melted coconut oil as the fat in this recipe because I’ve grown to love the flavour of coconut oil in baked goods and it’s a nice dairy-free option for baking. You can substitute liquid coconut oil or any other mild flavoured oil you prefer.

This cake calls for coconut flour and I don’t recommend substituting any other flour in this recipe (coconut flour is particularly absorbent and I don’t think flour substitutions will work well in this cake).


This grain-free chocolate cake is a one bowl dessert recipe that’s easy to throw together. Start by using a whisk to mix the wet ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. 

Cake batter in a large glass bowl with a whisk.

Next you’ll line a medium sized loaf pan with some parchment paper (I use a small amount of coconut oil to grease the pan first, so that the parchment paper adheres to the pan nicely). Then just pour in the batter, smooth with a spatula, and bake. It’s so easy.

Raw batter in a pan on a white counter.

If you want to dress this paleo chocolate loaf cake up a little you could sprinkle some optional toppings on top of the batter before baking. Walnuts, pecans, a drizzle of peanut butter, or a handful of paleo diet friendly chocolate chips are all good optional toppings that would take this simple cake to the next level. Or slather some of this delicious chocolaty tahini frosting on top of the loaf cake. It’s refined sugar-free, paleo, and vegan.

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Three slices of paleo chocolate loaf cake next to a larger hunk against a white background.
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Paleo Chocolate Loaf (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

This paleo chocolate loaf cake is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It's an easy dessert recipe that's nutritious yet decadent.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, refined sugar-free
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 208kcal


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted) – plus a little extra to grease the pan
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, vinegar or lemon juice, applesauce, cocoa powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk well until all the ingredients are very well mixed.
  • Add the coconut flour and baking soda and whisk again until the dry ingredients are well incorporated into the wet ingredients.
  • Use a small amount of coconut oil to grease and line a medium sized loaf pan with parchment paper (my pan is 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 inches)
  • Spoon the batter into the parchment paper lined loaf pan.
  • Use a spatula to smooth the batter down so the surface is flat and even.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until the cake is cooked through (you can test to see if it's done by inserting a cake tester or toothpick into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready).
  • Let cool completely before removing from the pan and slicing.
  • Makes 10 slices of paleo chocolate loaf cake.


  • Greasing the loaf pan with a small amount of coconut oil allows the parchment paper to adhere well to the pan.
  • Optional toppings: you can sprinkle some chopped walnuts, pecans, or paleo diet friendly chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking for an extra layer of texture and richness.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg