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Raw Tiramisu {Free from: gluten & grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar}

Raw Tiramisu


  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6" cake 1x
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

The decadent classic Italian dessert reinvented without using dairy or grains. Naturally gluten-free and vegan, this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.


Ingredients

“Ladyfinger” Layer:

Chocolate Mousse Layer:

  • ¾ cup walnuts, pre-soaked and strained*
  • ¾ cup raw cashews, pre-soaked and strained*
  • ¾ cup dates, pitted
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup (use raw agave for raw version)
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, liquefied (sub in 1 tbsp melted cacao butter instead of 1 of the tbsp coconut for an intense and deep chocolate liqueur flavor)
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or ¼ tsp raw ground vanilla bean)
  • 1½ tsp instant espresso powder (or more to taste)
  • ½ tsp salt

Cream Layer:

  • ½ cup raw cashews, pre-soaked and strained*
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, liquefied
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or raw agave for raw version)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or ⅛ tsp raw ground vanilla bean)
  • dash salt

Toppings:

  • A bit of extra cacao powder for dusting
  • optional: 2 tbsp cacao nibs for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Process all base layer ingredients to combine into a fine sticky mixture in a food processor. Scoop out into a 6″ springform pan and press down into an even crust, going up the edges a little all around. Place in the freezer while working on next step.
  2. Blend all chocolate mousse layer ingredients in a power blender until smooth. Pour into the pan over the crust, tap the pan lightly on the counter and even out the top. Place the pan in the freezer while working on the next step.
  3. Clean out your blender and blend all cream layer ingredients together into a smooth mixture. Spoon this mixture over the previous layer in the cake pan, being careful not to pour it in all at once so the layers don’t mix. Smooth out the top. Cover the pan and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Prior to serving, dust the top with a bit of additional cacao powder, sprinkle with some cacao nibs and enjoy! Keep the cake frozen until serving.

Notes

*To pre-soak nuts: place in a glass bowl, cover with water, and leave to soak for 4 hours (or overnight in the fridge). Then strain and discard the water. For a quick pre-soak, cover with boiled water and soak for 15 mins, then strain and discard water. (Note: this technique doesn’t preserve the nutrition of the recipe as well as the traditional soaking technique above). Additional Note: the purpose of soaking the nuts is to re-hydrate them and plump them up for blending into a smooth, cheesecake-like consistency. Proper soaking techniques also maximize nutrition and digestibility. If you’re interested in learning more about nut soaking and other dessert prep tips and tricks, I delve into these subjects in detail in my book Unconventional Treats.

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