Gooey Rich Velvety Chocolate meets Zesty Orange Tang! aka Jaffa..
This slice is also Raw and Vegan, with no added nasties.
After my blueberry and lemon cheesecake I made for my birthday was so delicious, I decided I wanted to experiment some more,
And a weekend away to visit my mum and spoil her for a belated Mother’s Day seemed an appropriate chance!
the bottom layer is thick, nutty, crunchy, and sweet, while the top layer is smooth, creamy, soft and tangy. (more of a mousse)
So lets not muck around, and get straight to the delicious details!
for the base-
1 cup almonds (or a mix of nuts)
10 medjool dates
2 tablespoon seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup buckwheat grouts
1/2 cup coconut (shredded/desiccated)
3 tablespoon hot water
less than 1/4 cup coconut oil (~1/5)
2 heaped tablespoons of cacao
for the top layer-
2 cups of cashews (raw) (soaked overnight/12hours+)
1o drops of orange essential oil
zest of 1 orange
juice of 1 orange
pinch of sea salt
5 tablespoons of cacao
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
optional: add 2 tablespoons of your favourite sweetener if you’d like the top layer sweeter (agave, rice malt, coconut nectar, etc.)
to make the base-
1. blend the almonds and seeds in a processor until a rough crumbly mixture.
2. add the dates and process until well combined.
3. transfer to bowl and add the buckwheat, coconut, chia, cacao and stir.
4. melt the coconut oil, and add to the mixture with the water.
5. mix well, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, then you get to lick them 😉 YUM
6. press firmly into a baking tray, I used a banana loaf tray and layed down a piece of cling wrap first. (for ease of getting out).
7. leave in freezer while you make the top layer.
to make the top layer-
1. blend the cashews with 1/4- 1/2 of the orange juice for a few minutes (3-4) making sure its all combining.
2. add more of the orange juice and the rind and continue blending for a further couple of minutes.
3. add the coconut oil and orange essence and blend. (and the sweetener if using).
4. once its smooth and creamy, stir in the cacao and salt and then blend so its well combined.
5. spoon the entire mixture over the base and smooth out flat.
6. refrigerate overnight.
7. remove carefully from the tray and slice up into squares.
8. decorate with fresh orange segments OR dust with cacao powder and orange rind.
and there you have it! one super scrumptious clean treat that you can enjoy with your Mumma over a cup of french earl grey, and an ep of puberty blues. (well that’s just me anyway).
hope you enjoy, Elsa xx