I ate so many pieces of this torte while we were testing the recipe! It’s rich, indulgent and chocolatey with a lovely mix of ground almonds, maple and dates.
for the chocolate torte 300g ground almonds 150g buckwheat flour 50g cacao powder 50g coconut sugar pinch of sea salt 200ml maple syrup 100ml date syrup 200ml almond milk the water from 1 × 400g tin of chickpeas (not the chickpeas themselves)
for the chocolate sauce 200g pitted dates 600ml almond milk 4 tablespoons cacao powder 1 tablespoon coconut oil pinch of sea salt
to serve (optional) 20g freeze-dried raspberries, crushed
Preheat the oven to 200ºC (fan 180ºC). Line a 25 × 18cm deep baking tray with baking parchment.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground almonds, buckwheat flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar and salt, stirring well to remove any lumps. When the mixture is well combined, add the maple syrup, date syrup, almond milk and chickpea water and mix until it comes together to form a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into the lined tray and bake for 20–25 minutes, until cooked through but still a little fudgy. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tray until room temperature, around 30 minutes.
Make the chocolate sauce by placing the dates in a pan over a medium heat and covering them with the almond milk. Cook for about 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a paste has formed. Add the cacao powder, coconut oil and salt and stir until combined, adding a little more almond milk if it becomes too thick. Once a thick paste has formed, remove from the heat and leave to cool.Once cool, transfer to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
When the torte has cooled, gently lift it out of the baking tray and cut into rectangles, about 3 × 10cm. Serve each piece of torte with a dollop of the chocolate sauce – you can use the back of your spoon to brush it across the plate for a fancy effect. Sprinkle with a handful of freeze-dried raspberries, if using, before serving.
TIPS This torte is delicious served with any kind of berry-based yoghurt or ice cream. You can store the leftover torte in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.