Could it be possible that a chocolate cake could actually be healthy and yummy at the same time?
Following is a recipe for exactly that … all the goodness of raw nuts, cacao and coconut oil packaged up in a delicious treat. It’s super easy to make. All you need is a good quality blender.
for the base:
1 cup pecans
1 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried shredded coconut
for the chocolate centre:
2 cups almonds, soaked for at lease 1 hour
1 cup coconut oil (certified organic, unrefined, virgin)
2 tablespoons cacao butter
1 cup cacao
a pinch or two of stevia powder (to your personal taste)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
** use organic and biodynamic ingredients where possible **
Sprinkle dried coconut on to the bottom of a 20cm cake tin. Blend pecans, hazelnuts and dates in a food processor. Press nut and date mixture onto the coconut. (This will prevent it sticking to the bottom of the tin.)
Slowly and gently melt coconut oil ad cacao butter in a saucepan on a very low heat until a liquid consistency is reached. Remove from heat.
Blend almonds, cacao, melted coconut oil and cacao butter, stevia powder, water, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a food processor until smooth.
Pour the mixture onto the base in the cake tin.
Place into the fridge until firm.
NUTRITION NOTES: ALMONDS
Almonds are a nutrient-dense whole food, and good source of dietary fibre and protein. Almonds are packed with B vitamins, providing a good source of energy. Almonds are low in saturated fat; contain many protective nutrients including calcium and magnesium that help to promote strong bones; vitamin E and phyto-chemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer; and are also a rich source of phosphorus, zinc, selenium, iron, manganese and potassium. Almonds are known to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Almonds may help to prevent gallstones and promote a healthy colon.