Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart – Valentine Cake Recipe

Feb
2013
14

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This raw chocolate ganache tart was a huge sensation last night. We are starting Valentines early over here. I had to test this Valentine cake recipe and it went over incredibly well. in fact, it even got called a masterpiece. I loved that! It’s the artist in me. Raw chocolate and cherries, what a way to celebrate Valentines! It is pure decadence, with the smooth, creamy rich chocolate filling intertwined with cherries, and all set into a brownie crust. It’s mind blowing how delicious it is, and the most incredible thing is that it is actually is good for you! 

 

 

Raw Chocolate Nutrition

Raw chocolate far surpasses the traditional roasted cacao that virtually all processed chocolate is made from. Well, all processed chocolate  in major chain stores that is. More and more artisanal and health conscious raw chocolate makers are popping up as awareness grows regarding the incredible health benefits of  the cacao bean in its pure raw state. It’s antioxidant rating (ORAC scale) is phenomenal. Take the substances with the highest antioxidant rating you can think of, like blueberries, acai or red wine and the level of raw cacao will be 4 times, or more, than any of them. It is off the charts, and considered by many to be the #1 nuritious plant food on the planet, fully loaded with abundant vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. ..and this is just the chocolate!

.. even more nutrition!!

Coconut oil has been touted as another superfood, best known for it’s great effects on brain health. Studies have confirmed this. It has a myriad of health related benefits but one of that sticks out for most of us is it’s claim to fame as a weight loss enhancer. It used to be that many of us couldn’t imagine a fat helping us to lose weight, but by now most of us are realizing that good fats really do help to clean the bad fats and toxins out of our cells, and actually help us to slim down.

Throw cherries in, and walnuts with their great EFA’s too, and we have a superfood rich raw chocolate ganache tart that we can feel really good about eating. I do and I am having a slice right now for breakfast as I write this. Life is good!

Make one and join me in discovering the world of blissful health boosting superfoods. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.. and feel vibrant and energized after eating it too!

 

Black Forest Cherry Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe in pan

 

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart with Brownie Crust

Ingredients

Brownie Crust
2 cups Walnuts
2 cups Dates
1 cup raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Vanilla

Ganache Filling
2 cups raw Cacao Powder
1 cup Coconut Butter
¼ c Coconut Oil
1 cup Maple Syrup
1 cup Cherries 

Directions

First process the ingredients for the brownie crust together. Stop processing just when you see it starting to stick together, and before it reaches the stage where it forms into a ball. Transfer crust dough to a pan and press in and up the sides of the tart or cake pan. Set aside.

Next make the ganache filling. Place the coconut butter and oil in a bowl. Then place this bowl into a larger bowl, or a pot with warm to hot water in it and let the coconut butter and oil soften. This will enable it to process more smoothly with the rest of the ingredients. Add this along with all ingredients except cherries and process until smooth and creamy. Add cherries and process lightly just to chop lightly and mix with ganache.  Transfer raw chocolate ganache into crust and smooth out to edges and smooth top. Let cool to set.

Serve and enjoy!

 

Photo Description

Assemble brownie crust ingredients.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - brownie crust ingredients

Put crust ingredients into processor and process.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - brownie crust ingredients in processor

When it starts to clump together, it is ready.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - brownie crust ingredients processed

Remove to the pan and press in. You do not need to oil the pan first, the crust will not stick.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - brownie crust in pan

Continue pressing down and make an edge on side with crust.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - brownie crust

Assemble the raw chocolate ganache filling ingredients.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - raw chocolate ganache ingredients

Place the coconut butter and oil in a bowl, and then in another bowl or pot of warm water.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - melting coconut oil and butter

Let sit until it warms up and softens. Stirring a bit will help it to soften quicker.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - coconut oil and butter melted

Place all ganache ingredients, except the cherries, into the food processor.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - ganache ingredients in processor

Process until smooth and creamy.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - ganache ingredients without cherries processed

Add the cherries. They should be defrosted first. Instead of processing them in, you can chop them and stir them into the ganache. This will enable you to have bigger more uniform sized chunks of cherry in your finished tart.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - ganache in processor with cherries

The quicker way is to lightly pulse chop them into the ganache filling.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe - chocolate ganache processed with cherries

Transfer to the crust shell and smooth down. f I had fresh cherries available, I would have loved them to decorate with them. I just sprinkled a little cacao powder on top.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe in pan

Cool to set for half an hour and then slice and serve.

Black Forest Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart Recipe slice on plate

 

Enjoy! To your optimal health!

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  • Romy

    OMG!!! It looks soo good!!!!

  • Rich

    Wow…what a great recipe. It made our Valentines Day. We substituted frozen strawberries for cherries. We also made the coconut butter by putting coconut flakes in the food processor and grinding until they turned into butter consistency. Love all your recipes..keep them coming.

    • Great to hear & great idea to make your own coconut butter! Thanks Rich!!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Robin, I just made this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday tomorrow. I couldn’t stop nibbling from the filling while I made it. It’s devilishly delicious.. It’s amazing that it’s actually healthy! I just thought 1 cup of maple sirup was a bit much.. I find the filling a bit too sweet (although I couldn’t stop nibbling). I am looking forward to your post on sweeteners by the way.
    Anyways, I am sure my boyfriend’s gonna be veeery pleased tomorrow morning. Thank you! =)
    Jane

    • Yay! Happy Birthday to your boyfriend. He is lucky!! Yes, it is quite sweet, but I have found most people love it this way. However, it is easy to cut it back a bit and just put in less. Nice to hear feedback! ..& thanks for reminding me. I will post on sweeteners soon. Nice to hear from you Jane! : )

      • Jane

        Hey Robin, we just had a piece for breakfast and he totally loved it. It’s amazing how one piece makes you satisfied and keeps you full the entire morning. There was no need for any other breakfast after this delicious piece of cake.
        I am looking forward to your post on sweeteners as I am trying out different things now and still not so sure about some things. So it was in my own interest to remind you ;). I ordered you book as paperback by the way.. I just like it more than the electronic version. I hope it’s in the mail today!

  • Me

    hi there! this looks super yummy!! i was just wondering what size tart dish did you use?