I was first introduced to my friend Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, by one of my closest friends, Amie Valpone (The Healthy Apple). This was a few years back and we were all in Santa Monica, California, at a food blogger conference where I was speaking. She was so generous to take us around town to explore tasty—and healthy—foods and fresh-pressed juices in the area. That’s why I’m so excited for all of her success and for her awesome new cookbook, The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes, which launches today! Of course, with my sweet tooth, I turned right to the desserts chapter and found this decadent chocolate torte.
Besides all the amazing gluten-free, vegan recipes, you’ll be touched by her personal story and empowered by her incredible energy. I know I always am!
Today I’m happy to be giving away a copy of Tess’ new cookbook, The Blender Girl! To enter to win, just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite healthy food or dish. The winner will be selected at random this Friday, April 11, 2014. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.
4/11/14: Please note that this giveaway has ended. Any comments posted after today will not be included in the random drawing for a chance to win the cookbook. Thanks for visiting!
1 cup (160g) raw whole almonds
1/2 cup (80g) firmly packed chopped pitted dates, plus more as needed
1/4 cup (18g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (240ml) coconut oil in liquid form
1 cup (240ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 cup (180ml) raw agave nectar
1/2 cup (35g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups (420g) raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
Pinch of natural salt
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Shaved vegan chocolate, to garnish (optional)
Finely grated orange zest, to garnish (optional)
- To make the crust, grease a 9- or 10-inch (23 or 25cm) springform pan with coconut oil. Put the almonds, dates, and cacao powder into your food processor and process until well combined and the mixture forms a dough. Form the dough into a ball; if the dough doesn’t hold together, you may need to add more dates and process again. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan and set aside.
- To make the filling, put all of the ingredients into your blender in the order listed and blend for 2 to 3 minutes, until rich and creamy. To achieve the smoothest filling, stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the container. Pour the filling into the crust. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and freeze the torte for 8 hours.
- To serve, transfer the pan from the freezer to the fridge at least 11/2 hours before serving; let the torte defrost in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Remove the sides of the springform pan and then cut the torte into slices with a very sharp knife. Keeping the slices together, return the torte to the fridge to continue defrosting for at least an hour before serving.
Note: Because of the coconut oil, this filling will melt if left out at room temperature.
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Photograph by Anson Smart © 2014.