Everyone has a different definition of comfort food. To one person it might be fried chicken, to another a steaming dish of macaroni and cheese, to yet another a banana split. Influences come from how and where you were brought up, as well as your particular palate and what tastes (and feels) good in your mouth–not to mention your belly. But there may be one comfort food we agree on more than any other: chocolate cake. Dress it up any way you want. Get all gourmet and drizzle a ganache over it. Show off your fancy side and plate it with raspberries and whipped cream. Or just dive into the thing while it is still warm in the pan. It’s all good.
Bummer is this: It’s not all good for you.
But could it be? This delicious chocolate torte is downright good for what ails you–and it might even keep you from ailing in the first place! This is the chewiest, moistest, richest cake you will have ever tasted, and it is packed with omega-3s, plant protein, antioxidant flavonoids, iron, zinc and many other minerals!
Fudgy Chocolate Torte
Start now and soon you can have a warm slice sitting on a plate in front of you. You’ll be happy you tried–and so will your body.
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Combine first 7 dry ingredients in a medium / large mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon or mixer.
3) Place dates and applesauce in food processor or high-speed blender and puree. You may want to soak the dates in warm water for a few minutes prior to pureeing as this will help them to break down easier. I covered them in water, microwaved them for a minute on high, and let them soak for 5 minutes. Drain the water before placing the dates in the food processor or blender.
4) Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the date/applesauce puree and the remaining 4 wet ingredients.
5) Blend well with mixer at medium speed until smooth (approx. 1-2 minutes).
6) Pour into ungreased tube pan and bake 55-60 minutes. It should have a slightly crispy top and test done with a toothpick.
7) Cool completely on wire rack (approx. 1 hour).
Dress It Up!
Delicious on its own or served with any topping of your choosing (it’s what I like to call a win/win)! I served it with a dollop of my Maple Caramel Drizzle. Simply melt 1 tablespoon vegan butter spread (regular butter can be substituted) and 1 tablespoon cashew butter. Then add 1 teaspoon maple syrup and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to the melted butters and mix well with a spoon. Yum! Come to think of it, I’m off to have a piece right now.