25 Aug 2014

RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE


This is it. A simple, quick, and easy recipe for the best raw vegan chocolate cake. I whipped this up for my lover's birthday celebration / family dinner and his whole clan loved it! I wasn't planning on posting it but I figured I may as well. I mean: chocolate. cake. Need I say more? I wanna give you guys every opportunity to create healthy and delicious desserts and meals whenever possible.

If you are new to the whole 'raw vegan dessert' thing, then this cake recipe is perfect for you. This is almost as basic as you can get. Although you can add anything else you want to this dark brown creamy bad boy (ex: ginger, cinnamon, berries), I am keepin' it real and leaving ingredients at a minimum so no one gets confused or overwhelmed. Sure, this recipe could be lower fat and blah blah blah, but my mentality when I create food for non-veg folks (Jack's family) is to wow them with flavour and texture, thus I add a little more coconut oil and maple syrup than I normally would. My palate is very different from someone who doesn't usually eat many plants - let alone whole foods - so I wanna give them something even THEIR taste buds will appreciate! That means making this cake a bit richer than if I were making it for just myself. What is healthy is relative. A pure raw foodist would feel sick if they suddenly ate cooked food; I feel weird when I eat too MUCH cooked food or fat-dense food (nuts, etc.) in a day; my mom feels weird if she eats too much meat. Does that mean that cooked food or nuts are unhealthy? No! It just means that my body has acclimatized to a mostly low-fat raw foods diet with a cooked dinner so if I suddenly eat cooked food all day it's gonna be like "WTF!?" (Where's the fruit!?) If you drank nothing but water for 7 days, then gorged on fruit, you'd feel ill. Does that mean FRUIT is unhealthy? No! It's like the healthiest thing... ever. All it implies is that your body has become sensitive to something because of the diet it has grown accustomed to. So to round this back to my first point: I made this recipe a bit more decadent than usual because of the audience it would be catered to. Nuff said (I think?)

Note: if the ingredients look kinda pricey to you, don't worry! You can use oats instead of walnuts, cocoa powder instead of cacao powder, and almonds instead of cashews. Using almonds instead of cashews will make it a bit less creamy, but still delicious.

RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE

Crust: 
1 cup walnuts 
1 1/2 cups dates

Cake:
2 cups cashews
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 cup water
Juice from 1 lemon
1 cup dates
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

To make the crust: pulse oats or walnuts into powder in a food processor, then add the dates and keep processing until it all starts to stick together. Press into the bottom of a springform cake pan, or adjustable pan (I used an adjustable pan set to about 7 inches). Put in fridge. 

To make the cake: blend everything until smooth, thick and creamy! It should be the consistency of yogurt, kinda. If it's watery; add more dates, coconut oil or nuts. If it's too thick; add more water or maple syrup. Pour onto your crust and let it set overnight or for at least 12 hours (this lets it set and develop flavour). Slice and enjoy! I decorated mine with hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds. 

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36 comments:

  1. Hello, Emily! I am a new follower of yours. Thanks for sharing this delicious-looking recipe! I have one question. I am allergic to walnuts (not cashews, though); do you have any suggestions for what to replace them with for the crust? Thanks and have a great rest of the day, Nicole :)

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  2. This recipe looks great, but... Expensive.

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  3. Sorry if I bombarded you with likes on your IG account. Your cake looks great and Im sure his family liked it.:)

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  4. @nicolehorne - you can use oat flour or almonds or any other nut or seed instead :)

    @Luna Serenity - valid point! I am going to add a note on how you can make this recipe more affordable.

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  5. I've never done any raw "baking" and I've been primarily raw for the last 3 years. I've bookmarked this and will try it for the next occasion I have coming up. :)

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  6. I love raw desserts - they are so delicious!

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  7. Does this have to be served chilled and stored in the fridge so that it doesnt melt?

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  8. Perfect dessert for my Sunday dinner this weekend and thanks for the substitute ingredients.

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  9. Thanks Emily, for all your food posts. I transitioned into raw food early this year after my baby boy had unsightly wet eczema. After going on a high raw, he was TOTALLY HEALED. Basically I was breastfeeding so that he could get all the nutrients from the fresh raw juices, soups and smoothies. I'm really thank full because at the time I was very very desperate. I read Genesis 1:29 and I was totally convinced that that was God's original plan for us.
    I'm also VERY GRATEFUL that God led me to your website because many of your creations have inspired me along the way and made things a lot simpler. God bless you

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  10. Hey em, sorry quick question ! (: do you recommend setting in the fridge or freezer overnight ? ��

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  11. Hi Emily! This looks divine!! :) I have a question and maybe a post idea? :) I'm just wondering if you gained any weight from LFHC lifestyle so far?? (from all the carbs/fruit?) I only ask this because I did!!!! I don't focus on weight/number...but I'm just curious as to your thoughts on this, and all of the carbs.

    Thank you! I ADORE your site and made the raw carrot cake for my vegan BF and he (and his non-vegan friends) loved it!

    x L

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  12. Yup, totally trying this. Thank you! :-D

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  13. this looks really good, Emily:)

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  14. @Anonymous - Thank you very much :) I have been thinking about doing a post on that but it wouldn't take very long! I never weight myself but it did seem like I gained a little at first, then it went away and i am pretty sure I have lost a bit now. I feel slimmer anyway!

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  15. @Jess - if you want ice cream cake - put it in the freezer! If you want more of a "cheesecake" - fridge :)

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  16. Yum yum yum! I'm obsessed with chocolate so definitely trying this.
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    www.vegannigerian.com

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  17. I just made this cake and put it in the fridge. I'm soo excited about this as it is my first raw vegan cake! I will tag you on instagram to share my results! Thank you for the recipe. I really love your blog!
    Lots of love
    Maria

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  18. Splendid recipe that brought forth a splendid result.

    I ran out of dates so I replaced the ones in the crust with figs and raisins, and the ones in the cake - with raisins only.

    Thanks much, Emily! Such a wonderful treat before my hubby and I start our 10-day green smoothie detox.

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  19. Hi Emily, I never normally post comments but I had to say a big Thank you and wow - this cake is amazing!! I was having a birthday party for my 2 year old son and wanted a sugar free, healthy yet tasty table of party food and most importantly a healthy show stopper of a cake, this fitted the bill perfectly (once I adapted it to look like the Gruffalo by adding fruit to make the face!!!). It was loved by adults and kids alike and will now be my go to cake for future celebrations - you are a star! Thanks a million. Much love x

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  20. Any ideas for a substitution for the cashews?

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  21. I've tried this recipe twice and both results have been amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this easy yet delicious recipe. I've also done your carrot cake with cashew frosting and the result was great! Only problem - my cakes disappear far too quickly :D
    I have one question though to improve my unbaking arts: how do you get your cakes out of the pan to serve it in such a beautiful way on a plate without breaking or deforming the crust??

    Thank you so much for sharing your healthy and sinful cakes :)

    Silvia

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  22. I have a real problem with dates and raisins. Is there anything else I can use ? Many thanks, Cina

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  23. Silvia: I use a hot knife and go around the cake to have a smooth surface. Good luck!

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  24. Hi there! It's a hot afternoon in Sydney, and my son is begging to make a cake. The last thing I want to do is turn the oven on, so I google raw chocolate cake, and your recipe is the first option that shows up! I do a quick scan, I have all the ingredients, it's perfect! I get all the way through and then realise it needs to sit in the fridge overnight! I laugh at my impatience, but it turns out for the best as we have people coming over for lunch tomorrow! Thanks for this, can't wait to serve it up, then check out all your other recipes :-)

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  25. Cocoa powder is the dry solid remains of fermented, dried, ROASTED cacao beans. So there's really no such thing as raw chocolate cake. Mostly raw, sure.

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    1. This recipe is for Cacao powder. You have that confused with cocoa powder.
      (Cacao is made by cold-pressing UNROASTED cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter))

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  26. So how about that maple syrup which has been boiled down by a factor 90?

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  27. Is the coconut oil melted?

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  28. HI, this looks delicious and I'd LOVE to try it for my birthday this year! Only problem: coconut oil makes me feel sick. :( Any ideas on what I could try instead? I know coconut oil probably has unique properties that make it perfect for this but it never hurts to ask, right? :)

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  29. Hi Emily and readers,
    I would like to prepare this cake for my child's birthday party. Would someone be so kind to tell me for which sized baking form is this recipe meant to be? Thanks a lot from sunny Sicily
    Cristiana

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  30. Hi There,

    I love your Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe. And I would also really love to feature it in our website, GreenThickies.

    I will not be posting the entire recipe, but will only use one image from here and a small quote and link directly back to this recipe page.
    Would that be okay with you?

    Thanks a lot
    Katherine
    Greenthickies

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    1. Aw thank you, Katherine! Please email me so we can talk this over. ;)

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