CHOCOLATE COCONUT CREAM TORTE

This decadent dessert is both dairy-free and gluten-free. The crust is made of dates and nuts and the creamy filling is a rich blend of coconut milk and oil, cashews and more dates. Each slice is so rich and delicious, your guests won’t even realize how many healthy ingredients they’re eating.

Yield: Serves 12.

CHOCOLATE COCONUT CREAM TORTE

Ingredients

  • ​1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup whole dried pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 1 cup whole dried pitted dates
  • 1 cup well-stirred canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions

  1. To prepare crust, place pecans in a food processor; process, using an on/off motion, until ground. Add 1 cup dates, coconut, 1 tbsp coconut oil and pinch of salt; process, using an on/off motion, until dates are finely chopped and mixture is blended.
  2. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan lined with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. To prepare filling, cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape seeds from pod; discard pod or reserve for another use. Place seeds, 1 cup dates, coconut milk, 1/2 cup coconut oil, cashews, 1/4 cup honey, lemon juice, lemon peel and 1/4 tsp salt in food processor; process, using an on/off motion, until almost smooth.
  4. Pour filling onto crust; set aside.
  5. To prepare chocolate topping, melt 1/3 cup coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and pour into a small heatproof bowl.
  6. Add cocoa, 1/4 cup honey and 1/8 tsp salt to melted coconut oil; stir until mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour chocolate topping over filling and spread evenly.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
  9. Uncover and remove sides of pan. Slice torte. May be frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

409 calories, 30.4 g fat, 3.7 g protein, 38.5 g carbohydrate, 4.6 g fibre, 100 mg sodium