Sunday, 8 March 2015

Healthy Chocolate Torte with Walnut Crust

One of our all time favorite desserts is the Chocolate Ganache Torte from Milestones. Only issue... it's almost 1000 calories a slice. So we asked ourselves, how can we eat this cake everyday? The answer...make our own healthier version! 

This recipe is perfect. Literally perfect. The ingredient list is simple: virgin coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, walnuts and dates. That's it. We'd be ready to bet that you'd have no idea this was healthy if put to a blind taste test. We actually prefer our version of the torte to the original. And for 250 calories a slice, how can you go wrong! Plus, the calories aren't empty calories like the Milestone torte... there's actual nutritional value in this one!

Enough of us blabbing about this torte, you should really try it for yourself! We promise, it won't disappoint! 


You'll start off by finely chopping up one cup of walnuts and half a cup of pitted dates. If you have a food processor, you can easily use it to. We didn't have one on hand so we just used a knife and it worked out great. 



Mix together the chopped walnuts and dates until well combined. It should be the consistency of a crumbly crust, but stick together when you press firmly.

You then want to line a small circular dish (6 inch diameter) with plastic wrap. Tightly press walnut mixture at the bottom of the dish to form a crust. 


To make the chocolate layer, melt a third cup of virgin coconut oil and whisk in half a cup of maple syrup. Gradually whisk in two third cups of cocoa powder. When well combined, pour chocolate mixture on top of the pressed crust. 

Refrigerate for a few hours for the chocolate to firm, then serve! This cake makes 8 small portions. You can easily double up the recipe to make larger slices.


Serve with our Salted Caramel Date Sauce!  









Healthy Chocolate Torte with Walnut Crust
Makes 8 small servings
(You can easily double up the recipe to make larger slices)

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2/3 cups cocoa powder

Instructions:
  1. Finely chop walnuts and dates. Mix together in a bowl until mixture is uniform
  2. Line a small circular dish (6 inch diameter) with plastic wrap. Tightly press walnut mixture at the bottom of the dish to form a crust. 
  3. Melt coconut oil in a sauce pan, over low heat.
  4. Add maple syrup and gently whisk.
  5. Gradually whisk in cocoa powder until mixture is uniform. 
  6. Using a spatula, pour chocolate filling over the walnut crust.  
  7. Let sit in the refrigerator for one hour to firm up. 
  8. Serve cool or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator. 
Serve with our Salted Caramel Date Sauce!

Makes 8 servings. Serving is approximately 250 calories.