Cooking Green Goodness: Chocolate Hazelnut Avocado Torte

Beautiful, rich, raw and chocolatey! By definition, a torte is a luxury dessert cake made with high-quality ingredients. They come in a variety of flavours – some of my favourites include chocolate torte cake, chocolate mousse torte, and chocolate hazelnut torte with creamy avocado of course. Basically, any torte that is prefixed with ‘chocolate.’

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Hello, Chocolate!

“Chocolate should introduce itself even before you taste it! Like everything else in your pantry, you should start with really good chocolate to make this delectable treat. Really good chocolate should not feel waxy or pasty and should break into clean shards when chopped with a knife or chocolate fork. Always look for the words cocoa butter, cocoa solids, cocoa mass or cocoa liquor on the ingredients list.” This is the advice given by Daphna Rabionvitch, author of “The Baker In Me.” The recipe you use and the type of dessert you’re making will determine what kind of chocolate you should be using.

A mixture of rich and extra smooth dark chocolate made of cocoa butter and 72% cocoa solids, along with non-dairy chocolate chips were used to make this recipe.

Cocoa Powder

What is cocoa powder? Remembering that chocolate liquor is made up of both cocoa solids and cocoa butter, it’s easy to visualize how brittle and unpalatable those cocoa solids would be with the removal of cocoa butter. That is what cocoa powder is made from.

Melting Chocolate

Remember one simple rule, always chop your chocolate before you melt it. Larger pieces take longer to melt, and because the chocolate pieces will melt unevenly, you risk scorching some of the chocolate. The finer you chop the chocolate, the less time it will be exposed to the heat and the more uniformly it will melt.

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Torte vs. Cake

Since cakes use the ingredient of flour, they rise when they are baking. This causes them to be fairly tall in height. If it is a multi-layer cake, then the final result will be especially tall. Tortes, however, are almost always much shorter. They average 2-4 inches in height, even with layers.

A traditional cake is made with ingredients mainly consisting of sugar, eggs, butter and flour. A torte, however, calls for little to no flour and the use of ground nuts or breadcrumbs in its place. This change of ingredients causes the torte to be much heavier in both texture and taste. Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that make up today’s rich dessert.

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Sweetener: Maple Syrup

Baked goods sweetened with maple syrup will tend to be denser and moister than those made with granulated sugar. Such is the case with most liquid sweeteners. As a general rule, the denser the syrup, the darker and more concentrated the flavour of the syrup.

Pitted Dates

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree and are often used to sweeten up raw, vegan desserts. They’re also good to use to make delicious, chewy energy bars. More health conscious consumers are catching on to the fact that dates can easily be enlisted in cooking and baking to sweeten dishes, sometimes even taking the place of sugar or other artificial sweeteners.

“It’s an extraordinary and magical thing…”

This torte is three layers of fun. My advice, one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself when making this dessert is the gift of organization. Prepare your ingredients. Don’t rush. Take time with preparing each step. It’s an extraordinary and magical thing to be able to create a rich, melt in your mouth dessert with less than 10 ingredients (7 to be exact). Enjoy the recipe.

Chocolate Hazelnut Avocado Torte

  • Servings: 4 - 8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Beautiful, rich, raw and chocolatey!

Ingredients

1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon hazelnuts

1 cup medjool dates, pitted

1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 large avocados

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (plant-based foodies can substitute this with non-dairy chocolate chips, use more as desired)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C)

Place 1 cup hazelnut on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 10 minutes. Let them cool, then place inside a clean tea towel folded over onto itself and rub the skins off.

Place the toasted hazelnuts in a food processor and pulse them into a coarse meal. Add the dates and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and process until the mixture reaches a sticky, crumbly texture. When pinched between two fingers it should stick together – if it doesn’t it’s too dry – if this is the case, add a tablespoon of water and try again. Press the mixture down into a 9-inch (23-cm) tart pan with a removable base.

Prepare the Filling

Place the remaining cocoa powder, avocado flesh, salt and maple syrup in a food processor and process until smooth. Spoon the chocolate avocado filling onto the crust and smooth with a spatula or the back of a spoon.

Melt the chocolate/chocolate chips in a sauce pan or microwave and drizzle on top. Chop the remaining tablespoon of hazelnut and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate for an hour, or until ready to serve.

Kitchen Essentials:

Make sure to have a good food processor!

Note(s):

Recipe credit: Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

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51 thoughts on “Cooking Green Goodness: Chocolate Hazelnut Avocado Torte

    • Thank you Funsized Baker! When I make this recipe, it’s one of the few times I do use dates. It’s a wonderful ingredient for raw, vegan desserts. Hope you do get to try this out. Appreciate you checking out the post. 🙂

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  1. I am SUCH a chocolate freak, and your recipe is right up my alley. There is truly nothing more pleasing than some good old melted chocolate. I bet this tastes absolutely incredible. Gorgeous photography, too! I’ve made something similar before, and my pics certainly do not compare. I cannot wait to give this a shot. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Mmm… this look so delicious. For me avocado still so exotic fruit and I used to use this as salty . This cake is very good idea. i have to try avocado in sweet (cakes9 as well 🙂
    Thank you for inspiration 🙂

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  3. I suppose it’s the dates and the maple syrup that takes the place of sugar. What if you don’t like dates? Any suggestions for a substitute?
    The only other Eartha I’ve known (about) is the fantastic Eartha Kit.

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    • Thank you so much! It took me a while to accept/understand the concept of avocado-chocolate. I’m now sold!
      It’s nice you kept your guests guessing with that cake. That’s the beauty of incorporating fruits and veggies into meal ideas. Happy belated birthday! ☺

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    • Thanks, Josette! I never guessed that avocado blended with cocoa powder and a bit of maple syrup could taste so chocolatey, and as you said, creamy. I’m learning that avocado serves many a purpose. I appreciate you checking out the post. ☺

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