This chocolate tart is a must if you're looking to wow at your next gathering. The cashews and cacao make the most decadent filling. Spruce it up with some forest fruits and chocolate curls if you're really looking to impress.
- 200g ground almonds
- 30g coconut oil
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
Chocolate Cashew Cream:
- 200g pre-soaked raw cashews
- 25g cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tin chilled coconut milk
- 75-100ml cup maple syrup/honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
- To decorate: Fresh fruit & dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Grease a pie tin, preferably a tin with a removable bottom.
- Put the ground almonds and salt into a food processor and blend briefly.
- Add the coconut oil and the egg to the mixture and blend until it forms a doughy ball.
- Press the dough into the pie tin and make sure the base and edges are uniformly thick. Prick the dough in a couple of places with a fork.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Remove and set aside to cool.
Chocolate Cashew Cream:
- Soak the cashew nuts in a bowl of water for at least 4 hours. Or if you're stuck for time, soak them in boiling water for 1 hour. Then drain and rinse the nuts.
- Add them to a food processor and blend until creamy.
- Scoop out the hard layer at the top of the chilled coconut milk and add to the cashew nuts.
- Next add the cacao, vanilla extract and maple syrup before blending it all together.
- Add the filling to the cooled almond crust.
- Decorate the cake with the fruit and grate the dark chocolate on top.
- Leave to set in fridge for 1 hour.
- Although they are an energy dense food, research has shown that 1 – 2 cups of nuts/day does not lead to weight gain. This is possibly due to the amino acid arginine which boosts fat burning.
- Great source of unsaturated fats which helps ease inflammation and may also improve cholesterol levels.
- Great source of a variety of B vitamins; folate, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin.
- Rich in a large number of minerals; iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Rich source of the essential minerals manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
- Contain high levels of monounsaturated fats such as oleic and palmitoleic acid.
- Oleic acid has been demonstrated to lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. Studies also suggest that oleic acid has a beneficial effect on cancer, autoimmune diseases and anti-inflammatory diseases.
- Palmitoleic acid may be useful in the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia (high blood triglycerides). It has also been shown to decrease LDL 'bad' cholesterol and high sensitivity CRP (C-Reactive Protein). A high hs-CRP is associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids are crucial for healthy vision and protect against harmful high-energy light waves, such as UV rays. They also protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.