Squeaky Clean Chocolate Coconut Torte

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If you love mounds, you’ll absoloutly love this chocolate coconut torte. If you have been eating clean you might have found one of the most difficult areas to satisfy is that sweet tooth. After so many chia pudding combinations, or super creamy banana ‘ice cream sundaes’ you one day might say f*** it, I want a real dessert.

I hear people say that a lot. I don’t just want fruit, I want a real dessert. The irony is, those so called real desserts are made up of so much fakeness that you’d be ready for a nap after reading the ingredients (if you can even pronounce it). Even if you don’t want to go the gluten and dairy free route… I beg you to buy real. Go to your local farmer or market and buy fresh eggs, cream and butter. When there is an entire brand that is named ” I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” don’t you want to ask.. well then, what the eff is it? Let me enlighten you on what it is…Water, Liquid Soybean Oil, Salt, Sweet Cream Buttermilk, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Lactic Acid, (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) as Preservatives, Artificial Flavor, Colored with Beta Carotene, Vitamin A (Palmitate).

Sooooo delicious right? And what is evil butter made of? Milk. Im not saying to eat a stick of butter. It is full of milk fat. But if it comes down to you choosing between that fat free butter spray or a pat of butter… choose the butter. Just do so in moderation. Much more on this later…

Back to the torte… I am glad to say that you don’t need to ‘fall off the wagon’ or suffer to enjoy a real, restaurant quality dessert. Full of healthy fats and antioxidants you would never think a dairy free dessert could be so rich and creamy. I promise you that even if you think you are the WORST baker in the world, this torte is foolproof. Make it as a decadent passover addition or for an impressive dessert for guests, all made in 30 minutes or less. You can even make it the night before! No one will ever know it is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Top with hazelnuts and coconut flakes or even fresh raspberries, the possibilities are endless. You and your guests will be left satisfied and feeling guilt and tummy-ache free. Bon appetit!

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Crust Ingredients:

• 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
• 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
• 2 large egg whites
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• pinch of salt

Filling Ingredients:

• 12 ounces chopped 70% cocoa chocolate (I like Purelife dairy/gluten free chocolate)
• 1 cup coconut cream (remove water from coconut milk – best from a can)
• toasted hazelnuts
• unsweetened coconut flakes
• ** or berries, other nuts or coconut whipped cream!
• pinch of sea salt

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Coat a 9-inch tart pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
• Combine all crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and then press into tart pan using the bottom of a measuring cup.
• Bake crust for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
• While the crust is baking get started on the filling. On a double boiler melt the chocolate and coconut cream until combined. Place in a bowl and leave in the fridge to cool down and become thicker (30-40 minutes).
• Remove the crust and let it cool. Pour cooled chocolate into crust, top with remaining ingredients (don’t forget the sea salt!) and let set in the fridge for at least two hours. Serve cold or at room temperature… you might need a glass of almond milk for this one!
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Chocolatey Banana Chia Pudding

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Woke up with a bit of a sweet tooth this morning and was craving something rich and delicious. Chocolate has always been a weakness of mine. Since giving up refined sugars my sweet tooth has noticeably diminished. I never thought it would be possible to eat a meal without having something sweet after (I know I’m not alone here). But trust me, anyone who knows me would tell you that I would never say no to a piece of dark chocolate with sea salt. Chocolate can actually be very healthy for you. No, not your Kit Kat or Coffee Crisp (so sorry) but raw unprocessed cacao is loaded with properties that contribute to wellness. Let me reiterate,cacAO NOT cocOA. Sounds the same, but nutritionally are far different. Heres the breakdown:

Cacao

Cacao refers to the raw form of chocolate, including the tree and bean. Raw cacao powder is not roasted, mostly unprocessed, and has no sugar or cocoa butter. Seeds of the cacao tree are roasted and then the shell is removed which produce cacao nibs (quite bitter in flavour but provide a nice crunch if used appropriately). Cacao is a great source of antioxidants which contribute to fighting off cancer and wrinkles (woooot). Chocolate and cocoa also contain a high level of flavonoids, which may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health.

Cocoa

Once the cacao bean is roasted and essentially transformed (rid of its nutritional value) then does it become the ever so popular cocoa. After it has been roasted it continues its processing as it is ground, and usually mixed with cocoa butter and a sweetner. This same kind of cocoa you find in your Oh Henry bar, or in the cup of cocoa you get at the ski hill. Delicious, yes… nutritional not exactly. The downfall of cocoa is that within the processing (roasting, grinding, mixing) most of the nutritional benefits are eliminated. It definitely won’t kill you to have a little cocoa, but if raw cacao is available to us, why wouldn’t we use it?

This recipe for chocolatey banana chia pudding is soooooo good, and is Clean Eating Goddess approved for breakfast, yes… BREAKFAST! With the addition of all natural organic peanut butter, your kids will believe they are having a bowl of melted reeses pieces for breakfast (best mom/dad ever!). If your child has a peanut allergy, feel free to use a nut/seed butter of your choice. Best part is, its ready in a flash and can be made the night before to grab and go in the morning. Full of nutrients and fibre, this chocolatey banana pudding is the perfect dessert or breakfast. Did I also mention it is gluten, dairy and sugar free.. oh and vegan! Bon appetit readers!

Ingredients:

• 3-4 tbsp chia seeds
• 1 tsp cacao powder
• 3-4 drops stevia or 1 tsp maple syrup
• 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
• 1 mashed banana
• 1 tbsp peanut butter or nut/seed butter of choice
• 1 tsp hemp seeds
• berries and chopped banana

Directions:

1. Place chia seeds in a bowl or jar with almond milk, stevia and cacao powder. Mix very well and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. The longer it rests in the fridge the more thick and pudding-like it will be.

2. Remove from the fridge and add fruit, peanut butter and sprinkle with hemp seeds.