If you are a chocolate lover, and even if you are not, brace yourself. This cake is a perfect mixture of silky, creamy, sweet and rich flavors and textures. It is highly decadent and an experience of pure ecstasy — hence the name.

And if all that wasn’t already good enough, it is made of pure and wholesome plant ingredients that are nutritionally dense and actually contribute to good health. You won’t find any flour, dairy, refined sugar or oils here. Instead, it is full of healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. It is naturally ultra low in sodium and cholesterol free.

So the next time you have a special occasion or just want an extra special treat, give this delicacy a try, and enjoy the ecstatic experience it provides for the senses.

Characteristics

TYPE: Snack, Treat
PREP TIME: < 15 mins (+ pre-soaking and chilling)
SERVINGS: Makes 1 cake (9-inch / 23cm); 8 - 10 slices

  • Whole food
  • 100% Plant-Based (Vegan)
  • Raw
  • Gluten-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Grain-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Oil-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

Filling:

TOOLS:

  • Food Processor
  • 9-inch (23cm) Glass Pie Dish
  • Spatula

Preparation Steps

  1. Soak the 1 cup of dry cashews in a bowl of water overnight or for at least 4 hours. When you are ready to work with them, drain the water and rinse the cashews well several times.
  2. Place the dry almonds and dates into the food processor and process until a uniform, crumbly and sticky mixture results. Transfer this mixture to your glass dish.

  3. Using clean fingers, spread the mixture evenly in the dish and begin to press the mixture firmly down and along the sides to make a crust.

  4. Place the soaked cashews and all filling ingredients into the food processor. Coconut butter is normally hard (unless it is in a hot environment) so simply use a fork to remove about 1 cup worth of chunks. Process all the ingredients until the mixture is fully smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides several times.

  5. With the help of your spatula, transfer the filling mixture onto the crust.

  6. Level and smooth out the filling over the crust and place the cake into the refrigerator to set and chill for at least 2 hours. (You can also freeze this cake for an ice-cream cake effect.)

  7. Once the cake has set, cut into 8 to 10 slices and serve. Keep cake leftovers covered and refrigerated or frozen.

Tips

  • There is no need to wash your food processor between making your crust and filling.
  • Coconut oil is not the same as coconut butter. The former is a fat extract, which liquifies easily, while the latter is a whole food, naturally hard. This recipe requires coconut butter, also referred to as coconut manna or coconut purée.
  • For best digestion, weight and energy, always aim to eat treats like these in between meals as snacks, not right after meals as desserts.

Health & Nutrition Benefits

Raw Almonds / Almond Butter

  • provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
  • provide phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • a source of vitamins, especially vitamin E and most B vitamins
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • especially supportive for cardiovascular health and optimal weight
  • for more information, visit the almonds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
  • Health Tip: choose organic and raw almonds, or such almond butters, as almonds are subject to many pesticide concerns and their beneficial nutrients are denatured with roasting

Medjool Dates

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins
  • especially rich in potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium
  • support optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
  • support digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • for more info, see the medjool dates overview on Nutrition-and-You

Cashews

  • provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins and vitamin K
  • provide essential minerals, especially copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more information, visit the cashews detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Coconut (Dry and Fresh)

  • provides healthy fats, along with some carbohydrates, fiber and protein
  • provides antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • provides vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin C
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supportive for brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, and overall good health
  • For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
  • Health Tip: avoid sweetened, sulfured or preserved dry coconut

Raw Cacao

  • provides healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates
  • provides one of the highest sources of antioxidants
  • a source of vitamins, especially the B vitamins
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, copper, magnesium and iron
  • provides an abundance of phytonutrients for healing and prevention
  • contains euphoric properties (anandamide), aphrodisiac properties (arginine), anti-depressant properties (tryptophan) and helps stimulate and balance brain activity
  • provides anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating and anti-aging elements
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and protect against cardiovascular disease
  • for more info, see the cacao benefits overview on Organic Facts

Banana

  • provides healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and is virtually fat-free
  • provides phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • a source of vitamins, especially most B vitamins and vitamin C
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and selenium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and elimination
  • for more info, see the bananas overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Maple Syrup

  • a rich source of simple carbohydrates (sugars); provides about 20% less calories than honey
  • a source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • provides trace amounts of B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, copper and magnesium
  • serves as a good, natural sweetener option, which provides some nutrition and health benefits
  • for more info, see the maple syrup overview on organicfacts.net