When Brittany asked me to participate in the April In The Raw event. I happily said yes. Salad seemed too simple to do. Smoothies also too easy. I wanted a challenge. First, I made a Raw Pina Colada Pie that was pretty good. Then, Iris challenged me a month ago when we were trading comments with Brittany about gluten-free cake after Iris posted a link to her Gluten-free, Vegan Birthday Cake that she posted last Summer.
I have not had cake since going gluten-free over a year ago. I am not tempted to buy any kind of gluten-free baking mix, be it brownie, cookie, or cake to make a quick fix. 1) It keeps me from making too many baked goods. 2) It forces me to get used to gluten-free baking from scratch. 3) Baking from scratch always tastes better and you have control over what goes in the goodies.
So, Iris decided not having cake in over a year was not good and that maybe I should make a raw cake.
That did it. The wheels started turning. I had already made the Raw Pina Colada Pie and still had some pineapple. Why not try a pina colada cake? Turns out it was even better than the filling for the Raw Pina Colada Pie, but didn’t set well. You can bet I will be trying it again the next time I have pineapple.
The wheels spun more and I started thinking about truffles and Peppermint Mochas.
You can thank PMS for this. That, and my love for chocolate. Dark and rich.
After mixing everything together, I needed a taste to make sure I didn’t need to add anything before pouring it into the dish. I was in love. No adjusting necessary. For 2 hours I paced and obsessed. I wanted a pieced of that cake. It was mostly set as you can see in the first picture. Later, that night I took another piece out and took the second picture. The edges are a bit difficult to get out without tearing it all up but it was set better this time.
Last week, I had a piece with me at work and was eating it in the break room after finishing dinner. One of our operators came in for her dinner break as I started to eat it and she commented on how good it looked. I offered her a taste but she turned it down even after I told her it was refined sugar-free and had nutrient dense ingredients. We started chatting about other stuff and she was trying to tell me something, but the more I ate, the more side-tracked I became. I focused more on each bite I took both mentally and physically. Savoring. I realized all of a sudden that she stopped talking and was quiet. Oops! I looked up and apologized immediately. She told me not to worry and said that I looked like I was enjoying it. Boy was I! That my friends, is what chocolate wasted is all about.
I wasn’t joking about nutrient dense. Almond meal, raw cacao, coconut oil, and coconut cream concentrate. Tons of protein, good for you flavonoids, healthy oils, and anti-inflammatory. Plus, this will keep well in the fridge for a while, so you don’t feel like you have to eat it all at once, even if you have the desire to after that first bite. I still have 2 pieces.
Raw Peppermint Mocha Truffle Cake
2 cups almond meal
1 cup raw cacao powder (I used Navitas Naturals)
2 tablespoons ground espresso (I used decaf, you can use regular if you want a real good buzz. bzzz bzzz bzzz)
1/4 cup coconut cream concentrate
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup water or coconut milk (unsweetened)
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Whisk together dry ingredients (almond meal, raw cacao powder, and ground espresso) in a large mixing bowl. Mix together remaining ingredients in another bowl until well combined. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry while mixing together and the same time with a large spoon. Mix until well combined. It should look like shiny cake batter that is a little thin. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish and chill at least 6 hours. You can garnish pieces with some raw cacao nibs and mint leaves.
You can use this to make truffles, too. After chilling 2 hours you can remove the batter, scoop it out, roll into balls and coat with your choice of ingredients. My choice would be raw cacao nibs. You can also pour the batter into ramekins or muffin a muffin tin with liners to make individual servings if you are making this for a dinner party.