Submitted by drhall on December 12, 2007 - 11:33am
Average: 5(1 vote)
5 MINUTE - succulent chocolate lovers torte! I made it last nite and substitued 1 cup oat meal for the cashews & wheat germ. I did use the soaked Almonds. I found this on a forgotten siteand i cannot claim its incredible qualities… use your Salton Nut grinder for easy work space convenience or VitaMix processer. I did not use the called for wheat germ, it has been toasted to eliminate something many may not be aware of … Phytic Acid … wiki – Phytic acid is found within the hulls of nuts, seeds, and grains.In-home food preparation techniques can reduce the phytic acid in all of these foods. Simply cooking the food will reduce the phytic acid to some degree. More effective methods are soaking in an acid medium, lactic acid fermentation, and sprouting.
Phytic acid is a strong chelator of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc and can therefore contribute to mineral deficiencies in people whose diets rely on these foods for their mineral intake such as those in developing countries. In this way, it is an anti-nutrient. For people with a particularly low intake of essential minerals, especially young children and those in developing countries, this effect can be undesirable.
2 cup Almonds (soaked overnite), sprout for day
1 cup Cocoa or carob , adjust to taste (1/2-1cup)
½ cup Raw Honey, maple syrup, rice or DATES, to Taste
.66 cup Cashew,Almond,Macadamia Butter, Into Magic Bullet, tsp. coconut oil or even ExVir Olive Oil
1 teaspoon coconut or extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean (3) grated or Pure Vanilla
Soak two cups of almonds overnight and sprout for one day.
This yields approximately 2 2/3 cups “sprouted” almonds.
Note: Almonds will not actually sprout. They will plump up with the water they soak in. They are commonly called Soaks instead of Sprouts because of that. Just the same they are wonderful: Delicious and nutritious. Once a dormant (dry) seed soaks up water it comes to life and it is that life that makes Sprouts and in this case Soaks, so nutritious.
Place the sprouted/soaked almonds in a food processor.
A blender will not work!
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cups cocoa powder
(the kind used for baking) OR carob powder.
Cocoa powder is more chocolatey but you CAN substitute 4 ounces of unsweetened baker’s chocolate which you must melt gently over low heat, then cool, then add).
Add 1/2 cup sweetener
Pure maple syrup OR raw honey (honey is usually strong and will add it’s own flavor) OR rice syrup OR barley syrup OR dates, preferably honey dates, which are very gooey and very sweet.
The amount of sweetness will be a somewhat personal choice. The 1/2 cup suggested is probably the minimum amount one would want to add; but experiment! You can always add more. Note: when fully frozen, the torte will taste slightly sweeter than it will at room temperature.
Add 2/3 cups of nut butter.
Peanut butter is yummy; cashew butter adds little flavor of its own but contributes a rich texture, as do all the nut butters. You can omit the nut butter altogether, however, we find that the creamy oils attenuate the “icy” mouth-feel of the dessert. I have not tried seed butters, like sesame, but those might substitute well, too. If using seed butters, you should use only SOAKED raw seeds and nuts which contain phytic acid, once eaten, readily bond to minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium, preventing their absorption in the body. Sprouting or dehydrating-heating reduces or eliminates phytic acid.
Add 2 Tablespoons toasted wheat germ (optional).
It is toasted for the phytic acid reduction. It adds a little stiffness and creates a bit of a flour texture, if you want it.
Add 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean (3) – grated
Pulse/Blend all of these ingredients until fairly smooth. If you like a few chunks, that’s fine. If you want it smoother, pulse/blend more.
Use a 4 inch diameter Spring-Form pan or make your own mold:
Take a pint or quart plastic container and cut a ring about 2 1/2 inches tall out of it. The ring needs to be topless and bottomless. If you are using the homemade mold: Place it on a plate, like a pie plate.
Carefully put the batter in the form.
Freeze for at least 4 hours.
Gently remove when frozen.
A sharp paring knife run all around the inside may help to loosen it. Also rubbing a tiny amount of oil or coconut butter around the inside before filling will help release the torte from the mold. You may then lift the torte with a spatula onto your serving plate—or you can freeze it right on the plate!
Decorate it any way you wish
Or just keep it plain. Fruit garnish, coconut and of course slivered almonds are great!