Before i came back to Honduras i made Dan a huge valentines day chocolate cake since we weren´t going to spend it together. We had dinner and i served him a piece of his cake, he went back for seconds and thirds until i told him it was a vegan cake. He couldn´t believe it! Got to thank Pureella for her recipe. It was delightful (according to him, im still juicing). If you are looking for a healthy alternative to celebrate valentines this will not disappoint. Hope you enjoy it as much as Dan did!
– 1 cup almonds
– 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
– 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
– 1/2 cup coconut flakes + extra for topping
– coconut oil for greasing
– 1 1/2 cup silken tofu (I used organic sprouted silken tofu)
– 3/4 cup dark 72% good quality chocolate squares (about 200g)
– 3 tablespoons coconut oil
– himalayan pink salt
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup organic agave nectar or raw honey (if not vegan)
– 1 tbsp of amaretto liqueur
You will also need : tart shells, about 4″D with removable bases are best, food processor, double boiler or a bowl with small pot to melt some chocolate.
For the crust:
– Soak the nuts for about 2-4 hours or longer even overnight in the refrigerator. Once they are soaked, rinse and drain them thoroughly. Place in a food processor and grind them up on high to a meal texture.
– Add the dates and the coconut flakes and continue processing until a paste forms. Turn off the food processor and check with your fingers if the mixture sticks when you press it between your fingers. If it falls apart, add one tablespoon of warm water at a time and continue checking for the right ‘slightly sticky’ texture.
– Grease the tart shells with some coconut oil. How many you make depends on the size of your tart shells. I used a 9inch tart mold. Fill the tart mold with the base mixture being sure to press the bottom evenly and bringing up the mixture up to the sides. Set aside.
For the filling :
– Start by setting up a double boiler or a dish over a small pot with water to melt the chocolate. (be sure the dish does not touch the water in the pot). Add the chocolate pieces and coconut oil and slowly allow to melt, stirring gently to incorporate the ingredients well. Once all melted, turn the heat off and keep in the bowl to stay warm and soft.
– Simply rinse and wipe the food processor from the base mixture and set it in place for the filling ingredients. Place the silken tofu, vanilla extract and agave or honey and pinch of salt into the food processor and mix on medium to blend together well. You may need to turn off the processor and scrape down the sides to make sure everything gets incorporated. Now you’re going to incorporate the melted chocolate. This has to be done very slowly as you never want to mix cold and hot ingredients too quick – the temperatures need to be blended in slowly. So, scoop a tablespoon of the melted chocolate into the mixer, close and blend on low, turn off and scoop in another tablespoon…. continue adding in the chocolate one tablespoon at a time until all in incorporated. Towards the end, be sure to scrape the sides down to get all the goodies combined.
– Scoop the filling into the tart mold and distribute evenly over the tops.
Place in the freezer to set for about 2 hours.