Raw Chocolate Orange Torte

Taking full advantage of citrus season, this raw chocolate orange torte is the perfect end to the day when you feel like something sweet, without feeling guilty!

Makes: 1 large batch
Preparation time: 9 hours (includes 8 hour freezing time)

Ingredients
Crust
1 cup whole raw almonds
1 cup pitted and chopped dates
1/4 cup cacao powder
Filing
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup cacao powder
3 cups raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1/4 tsp orange extract
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
To serve
Finely grated orange zest

To make
To make crust, grease a 23cm pan with coconut oil. Place the almonds, dates and cacao powder into a food processor and process until well combined and the mixture forms a dough. Form the dough into a ball. If the dough doesn’t hold together, add more dates and process again. Press dough into the bottom of the pan and set aside.
To make filling, throw all ingredients together into a blender and blend until rich and creamy (about 2 minutes). Stop the blender periodically and scrape down the sides of the container. Pour the filling over the crust.
Cover the pan with foil and freeze for 8 hours.
To serve, transfer the torte from the freezer to the fridge at least 1.5 hours before serving. Let the torte defrost in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving. Cut the torte into squares using a sharp knife. Sprinkle with orange zest.

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