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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kasey's Dark Chocolate Powercakes & Strawberry Chia Jam!

Today's Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook guest-blogger is Kasey Arena. She is a very busy lady on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook when she isn't working out in the gym prepping for competitions and sharing her love of Eating Clean. She has a delicious chocolate powercakes recipe to share with us, complete with chia jam. My favorite! You've got to try it out. Enjoy! 
Kasey & me at the Arnold 2012.
Hi there! My name is Kasey Arena & I blog about healthy eating & fitness tips! I share my stories about how I combine my passion for cooking, baking, & Eating Clean foods with my passion for fitness.  After dealing with food allergies for most of my life, Eating Clean has truly been the answer. I’ve developed creative ways to eat clean versions of all of my favorite foods on a daily basis while also in competition prep. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Tosca at the Arnold Sports Festival this year. She has always been such an inspiration of mine when it comes to Eating Clean! I am so thankful for the chance to share with you one of my favorite (vegetarian friendly) powercake recipes!
Dark Chocolate Powercakes with Strawberry Chia Jam
Dark Chocolate Powercakes with Strawberry Chia Jam 

Dry Ingredients 
1/2 cup ground rolled oats (grind oats in a food processor or sub 2 Tbsp of flour)
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
2 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Wet Ingredients 
4 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or liquid of choice)
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
10 drops liquid stevia (you can replace this with 1 Tbsp of any type of natural sweetener)  

1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp of coconut oil on a medium-heat griddle.
3. Cook a few minutes on each side until done.

1 cup of frozen strawberries
 1/4 cup water
 2 Tbsp chia seeds
10 drops liquid stevia (you can replace this with 1 Tbsp of any type of natural sweetener)

1. Microwave strawberries with water in a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Once heated, mix in chia seeds & liquid stevia.
3. Let sit in the refrigerator to cool & gel for at least an hour (I like to let mine sit over night).
4. Top the Powercakes with the Strawberry Chia Jam.

You can also watch a video on how to make it here!


  1. Looks delicious! When you say 1/2 can of pumpkin, do you mean a large can or a small can? I once made pumpkin muffins with a large can when the recipe called for a small can; you can imagine how those turned out...

    Kasey, can we have the link to your blog? I'd love to read more about you competition experience and get more recipes! It's a goal of mine to compete one day. :)

    1. I use 1/2 cup of pure pumpkin! :] and it's !

    2. Hi. Did you post the nutritinal info? I would really appreciate that. Thanks.



  3. my link to my blog is

  4. I keep hearing chia jam is really good. Thank you for the recipe! I've been meaning to give one of your powercake recipes a try. ;)

  5. I love pancakes. These look delicious!

  6. You rock Kasey along with your blog & recipes that I PIN & TWEET all the time! :-)

  7. love you kasey!! awesome post!

  8. I LOVE YOU KASEY!!!!!!! and this RECIPE!!!!! so happy for you<33333

  9. Love Kasey! your recipes are made in our home on a regular basis... you is so inspiring! xo

  10. What is under the Strawberry chia jam in the picture? Looks like PB or something?

    1. It's peanut flour mixed with water & liquid stevia! ;]

  11. Those looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to make theml!

  12. YUM!!! Love the idea of chia in jam


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