Gluten-Free Chocolate and Pistachio Pound Cake Recipe

Gluten-Free Chocolate and Pistachio Pound Cake
Amie Valpone


  •   Cooking spray
  • 2 cups  brown rice flour
  • 1 cup  tapioca flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons  xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cups  cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons  chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup  pistachios, ground very finely
  • 2 cups  sugar
  • 4 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1/2 cup  coconut oil
  • 1 cup  almond milk
  • large eggs, preferably organic
  • 1 teaspoon  almond extract

This cake is delicious eaten alone or toasted for a few minutes in the oven. You could serve it with a bit of fresh fruit. Or a dollop of nut butter. Even a dab of jam. It’s simple, not too sweet, and purely delish. I loved recipe testing with brown rice and tapioca flour; gluten-free flours are so much fun to play with.

It rose perfectly in the oven and stayed moist all weekend long. Well, it didn’t last all weekend long... It was just that good. And no one could resist. I guarantee you’ll love this simple chocolate loaf. It’s my version of a chocolate cake just without all the fancy decorating and the bunt pan. There’s something to be said about a pound cake.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flours, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, chia seeds, pistachios, sugar, baking powder, and sea salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the oil, almond milk, eggs, and almond extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool before serving.


Calories per serving:

519 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 158g 243%
  • Carbs 814g 271%
  • Saturated 107g 533%
  • Fiber 54g 216%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 413g
  • Monounsaturated 24g
  • Polyunsaturated 16g
  • Protein 58g 116%
  • Cholesterol 372mg 124%
  • Sodium 3,098mg 129%
  • Calcium 2,131mg 213%
  • Magnesium 809mg 202%
  • Potassium 2,462mg 70%
  • Iron 24mg 133%
  • Zinc 16mg 109%
  • Phosphorus 3,907mg 558%
  • Vitamin A 666µg 74%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 125%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 89%
  • Niacin (B3) 24mg 118%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 155%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 143µg 36%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 15%
  • Vitamin D 82IU 21%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 3%
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