May 15, 2015, 12:00:00 AM CDT Jun 27, 2023, 3:23:08 PM CDT

Food allergy-friendly recipe: Chocolate cake

Enjoy this allergy-free chocolate cake recipe from the Children's Health℠ Food Allergy Clinic for a gluten and dairy-free treat.

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Food allergies affect up to 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children. The holidays can be an especially challenging time for families facing food allergies. That's why we're sharing recipes for an entire food allergy-friendly holiday meal. You'll want to try them all! The following allergy-friendly recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.

Allergy-free chocolate cake

Serves 8; recipe courtesy of Children's Health Food Allergy Clinic


  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 6 Tbsps cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1/3 cup canola or cooking oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour (using oat flour) 9 X 9-inch square pan.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients together.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry and beat until smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool; cut into squares.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.

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Learn more tips for navigating food allergies during the holidays. Plus, see our other allergy-free holiday recipes:

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