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I’ve always loved reading magazines and especially personal interviews from different people. It’s interesting to read about other people’s stories, experiences, passions, fears, routines and of course about their favorite foods and approaches to cooking. When interviewees are asked about their bad habits, surprisingly many answer chocolate. Eating it and being hooked to it.
If you ask me, I wouldn’t say that chocolate falls in to the bad habit category. Instead, nowadays more appropriate bad habits could be the everlasting feeling of hurry, stressing out of nothing and self-criticism. But chocolate, it really doesn’t deserve that kind of a bad reputation. Because chocolate is more of a delicate treat, that gives us pleasure and is just really delicious.
If I want to treat myself with chocolate, I nowadays choose either a really dark one or raw chocolate. Couple pieces is enough to make me feel good and satisfy the chocolate craving that comes every once in a while.
Besides just eating it as it is, chocolate is great for cooking and I’m definitely a fan of all kinds of chocolate-y desserts. If I’m in need of a quick fix, I’ll have a cup hot chocolate. But if I have more time or it’s a special occasion, I go for a cake. So after making this cake for many years, I thought it was time to share the recipe for my ultimate favorite cake: The Raw Chocolate Mousse Cake.
This is one of the first raw desserts that I’ve ever made and ever since the first time I made it this one has been one of my go-to recipes. And so many of my friends and family love it too! Usually raw cakes mean soaking nuts for hours and therefore having to do some planning ahead, but this cake doesn’t require either of those. No soaking and no freezing the cake for hours so that it’s ready to be served. So luckily for all of us, this one’s really easy to make and you can always adjust the ingredients and measurements to your liking.
So let’ just relax, forget about those unnecessary bad habits that we keep holding onto, and instead have a piece of chocolate and enjoy this really nice cake that will hit the chocolate craving spot. ♥
Raw Chocolate Mousse Cake
1 cup / 240 ml walnuts
2/3 cup / 160 ml dried dates / 6-8 fresh pitted dates
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
a small pinch of salt
3 ripe avocados
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup / 120ml raw cacao powder
4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/4 cup / 60 ml raw cacao butter or extra virgin coconut oil
1. To make the crust, pulse walnuts into a fine powder in a food processor or a blender, then add the cacao powder, salt and dates and keep processing until it all starts to stick together. Press into the bottom of a springform cake pan. Put in the freezer.
2. To make the cake, melt the cacao butter or coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Then add all the ingredients to a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add more sweetener or spices, if desired. Take the cake pan from the freezer and pour the filling on top of the crust. Place back to the freezer and freezer for about an hour, until the filling has set. Cut into pieces, serve and enjoy!