Impressive as it looks, this easy chocolate dessert takes some wonderfully simple shortcuts. It is a healthy dessert choice, ideal for vegans, vegetarians, and everyone that lives healthy life.
For the crust:
- 1 cup (160g) whole raw almonds
- 1 cup (160g) firmly packed chopped pitted dates, plus more as needed
- 1/4 cup (18g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
For the filling:
- 1 cup (240ml) coconut oil in liquid form
- 1 cup (240ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3/4 cup (180ml) pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup (35g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups (420g) raw unsalted cashews, soaked
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- shaved chocolate (optional)
- finely grated orange zest (optional)
- ice cream (optional)
- cashew cream (optional)
To make the crust:
- Grease a 9- or 10-inch (23 or 25cm) springform pan with coconut oil.
- Put the almonds, dates, and cacao powder into your food processor and process until well combined and the mixture forms a dough.
- Form the dough into a ball; if the dough doesn’t hold together, you may need to add more dates and process again.
- Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan and set aside.
To make the filling:
- Throw all of the ingredients in your high-speed blender in the order listed and blend for about 2 minutes, until rich and creamy.
- To achieve the smoothest filling, stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the container.
- Pour the filling into the crust.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and freeze the torte for 8 hours.
- Transfer the pan from the freezer to the fridge at least 1 1/2 hours before serving; let the torte defrost in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the sides of the springform pan and then cut the torte into slices with a very sharp knife.
- Keeping the slices together, return the torte to the fridge to continue defrosting for at least an hour before serving.
Note: Because of the coconut oil, this filling will melt if left out at room temperature.
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