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Raw Chocolate Orange Torte

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy Free Desserts, Dairy-Free Recipes with 8 Comments

What better way to show off a new cookbook then to present a sample recipe from the publication, and this raw, vegan chocolate orange torte is a decadent yet easy representation of what you will discover in The Blender Girl. I mean seriously, is it any wonder that this amazing vegan AND gluten-free cookbook hit the top 200 of ALL books on Amazon?

Raw Chocolate Orange Torte Recipe - Vegan + Gluten-FreeThis chocolate orange torte recipe is 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.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Raw Chocolate Orange Torte

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and delightfully raw. Note that all of the recipes in The Blender Girl are made without dairy, eggs, and gluten.

Raw Chocolate Orange Torte
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Serves: makes 20 satisfying slivers, 10 to 12 addict-size slabs

  • 1 cup (160g) raw whole almonds
  • ½ cup (80g) firmly packed chopped pitted dates, plus more as needed
  • ¼ cup (18g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut oil in liquid form
  • 1 cup (240ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¾ cup (180ml) raw agave nectar
  • ½ cup (35g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups (420g) raw unsalted cashews, soaked
  • ¼ 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To serve, transfer the pan from the freezer to the fridge at least 1½ 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.

Because of the coconut oil, this filling will melt if left out at room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The prep time does not include chilling time.


About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living


  1. The Blender Girl Review (A Gluten-Free and Vegan Cookbook)April 15, 2014 at 9:01 amReply

    […] blender? Awesome!), the GORGEOUS photography (Yes, I just had to include samples of it below and here), or the promise of so many fabulous recipes (Raw Chocolate Orange Torte – need I say […]

  2. Total Diet FoodApril 16, 2014 at 3:13 amReply

    That torte looks absolutely delicious!

  3. The Blender GirlApril 16, 2014 at 12:59 pmReply

    Thanks for sharing Alisa. This is one of my all-time favourite recipes! Enjoy everybody :)

  4. VeganVixenApril 16, 2014 at 7:32 pmReply

    This looks delicious!

    A pleasant taste is easy to find without exploiting any sentient beings!

  5. Adrienne MooreApril 17, 2014 at 10:39 amReply

    I don’t like agave nectar, could I use honey or maple syrup.

    • Alisa FlemingApril 17, 2014 at 8:27 pmReplyAuthor

      Yes, any liquid sweetener should work in place of agave.

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