#valentinesday: RAW CHOCOLATE CAKE BY TERESA CUTTER

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THIS DELICIOUS NO-BAKE, ONE-BOWL CAKE IS BURSTING WITH FEEL-GOOD NUTRIENTS AND POWERFUL SUPERFOODS. THE PERFECT CAKE TO MAKE ON VALENTINE’S DAY FOR THE ULTIMATE GUILT-FREE CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE.

by our HEALTHY CHEF CONTRIBUTOR, Teresa Cutter


WHAT ELSE IS GREAT ABOUT IT: Walnuts are a delicious source of omega-3s which are critical for good heart health. They are also high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Cacao is also rich in a compound called resveratrol, the same that’s found in red wine. Resveretrol helps to control inflammation and protects your brain as well as calm the nervous system. Research also suggests that resveratrol can support mental health by increasing the brain’s production of feel-good endorphins and serotonin. Dates are rich in vitamin B6, B5, niacin, magnesium, manganese, copper and potassium, all the important nutrients needed for a healthy metabolism.

teresa’s raw chocolate cake

what-you-need

CAKE
500 g (16 oz) raw walnuts
4 heaped tablespoons raw cacao
1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2teaspoon sea salt
20 fresh medjool dates, pitted
zest from 1 orange + a little juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CHOCOLATE FROSTING
2 ripe avocados, skin and stone removed
6 fresh dates, pitted or ¼ cup organic maple syrup
½ cup cacao powder
60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4cup) water or almond milk
60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4cup) cold-pressed coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
pinch of sea salt

what-you-do
COMBINE walnuts, cocoa powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
PROCESS until ground and add dates, orange zest and vanilla.
PROCESS again until combined and spoon into a mixing bowl.
ADD the juice of half to one orange then mix through until combined.
PRESS cake into a 15 cm (6 inches) small round baking tin – spring form is the best. I normally line the cake tin with baking paper or plastic wrap first so I can easily remove the cake afterwards.
REFRIGERATE for 2 hours.
REMOVE cake from the tin.
COMBINE chocolate frosting ingredients together in a high speed blender until creamy.
SPREAD over the cake and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Teresa’s trick…
Fold through freeze dried raspberries before pressing into the cake tin.


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Teresa has releaseD a new healthy, wholefood baking book, Healthy Baking – Cakes, Cookies + Raw. She’ll be sharing her most delicious baking treats using pure and honest ingredients that nourish the body and soul. With chapters on healthy cookies, wholesome cakes, raw desserts and the most amazing collection of gluten-free breads, this comprehensive baking book is the ultimate “must have” wholefood baking book of our time. These delicious recipes are free from refined sugars and flours, and offer gluten-free and paleo alternatives to suit everyone’s taste.

Healthy Baking – Cakes, Cookies + Raw is now available at TheHealthyChef.com eStore
and selected bookstores.


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