I love the raw Nakd bars and it probably wont surprise you to know my favourite is 'cocoa orange'. I can honestly say that my creation was not dissimilar in taste and it took less than 20 mins to put together. A good result.
For the cake
- 2 handfuls of raisins/ sultanas
- 25 pitted chopped dates
- Juice of 1 orange (~1/2 cup)
- Roughly 50g cacao beans (or nibs or raw cocoa/carob powder)
- 250g walnuts ~ 2 1/2 cups
- 2 handfuls of raw coconut
- Zest of 1 orange
- Juice of 1 orange (~1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1 1/2 cups cashews soaked for 2 hours
2. I then whizzed the cacao beans using a stick blender (not necessary if you've got raw cocoa/carob powder and if you're using cacoa nibs you can either choose to blend them or leave whole).
3. Next I blended the walnuts in the food processor (be careful not to over-blend or the nuts will become oily) adding the cacoa bean powder and drained dates and sultanas. I also added the orange juice the fruit had been soaking in bit by bit until I had the desired consistency, sticky but not too wet.
4. Once nicely blended I then stirred through the orange zest (leaving a small bit for the top), the rest of the sultanas and the coconut slices (again leaving a few for the top). Have a taste and see if you want more orange/ whatever flavour you're using. Some complimentary spices would probably be good for adding flavour without making the mixture wet.
5. Once I had finished putting the mixture together I simply shaped it on a plate into a cake like shape and sprinkled coconut and orange zest on top. (I also sprinled some coconut on the plate first so the mixture wouldn't stick to the plate and would come off in nice slices).
6. I then decided I wanted to do a little more as the whole process had been so quick and easy so I consulted my 'Raw food for Real People' book and found a recipe for orange frosting as part of a raw carrot cake recipe. Perfect (I like this book a lot, although I have only actually made one recipe from it so far, but I feel I should mention that although for 'real people' this book will make you want a food dehydrator if you don't have one already)
7. I soaked the cashews for 2 hours and then blended them with the dates and orange juice adding the cashews in bit by bit. Halfway through this frosting was tasting gooood, at the end it tasted a bit grainy and far too nutty for me. Next time I shall probably try half as many cashews or a different frosting perhaps using coconut milk. Anyway, it was still pleasant and I decided to pipe on the frosting in a pattern rather than spread it all over the top as I had initially envisioned which looked pretty good.
All in all I was very chuffed with the outcome and it went down very well with everyone yesterday - despite having to compete with banoffee fudge cake! I have just enjoyed the last slice with lunch and the flavours seem to taste even better today. I will definately be making more raw cake and experimenting with different flavours. I'm also hoping to be the proud owner of a food dehydrator in the near future so I will be experimenting with lots of other healthy raw dishes too, watch this space :)