Healthy desserts: Cacao Orange Torte

Norma Gray of New Norm in Edinburgh – who specialises in making and delivering healthy, homemade, plant-based meals – shares her recipe for Cacao Orange Torte

Ingredients (serves 10-12)

Base: 300g flaked almonds 7 tbsp cacao powder 200g medjool dates 75g maple syrup 2 oranges; zest & juice

Topping: 4x avocados 2 large orange; zest & juice 4 tbsp maple syrup 100g cashews 4 tbsp cacao powder


• Soak cashews in boiling water for 1hr, set aside. • Place flaked almonds in a food processor, blitz until fine. • De-stone & roughly chop medjool dates, add to blender along with the rest of base ingredients. • Blend for 3-5 mins until it had reached a firm sticky consistency. • Spoon into a 30cm cake tin with releasing base, smooth with the back of a metal spoon to create a thick even base. • Place in freezer for 20-30 mins, until firm. Meanwhile make the topping: • Place pre soaked cashews in food processor, blitz until fine. • Scoop avocado flesh into food processor along with all remaining ingredients for topping. • Blitz for 3-5 mins until it has reached a smooth consistency. • Spoon out onto the base and smooth with the back of a metal spoon. • Refrigerate for 30 mins. • Decorate with additional grated orange zest and/or cacao powder.

**if you have too much base mixture, roll it into bite-size balls & refrigerate, they make great little sweet treats that are free from refined sugar.

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