Who doesn’t love chocolate? This simple cake has very few ingredients to make it an indulgence you can make most often. My earlier version had the usual flour in it. And since becoming gluten intolerant I have tried a few options. This one has amaranth flour in it giving it a nutty texture and flavour. It is so healthy you can have more than one serving!
1.5 cups amaranth flour ( Iused Bobs red mill)
1.5 cups gluten free cornflour
4-5 tbsp cocoa
1tsp gluten free baking powder
1 cup yogurt (I used homemade one)
1 tsp vanilla essence
¼ tsp salt
½ cup olive oil
1 cup xylitol
Oil for greasing tin
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Sift the dry ingredients (salt, cocoa, baking soda cornflour and amaranath flour)
Beat the wet ingredients (yogurt, oil and vanilla with sugar) Add the flour mixture. Blend till smooth. Spoon batter into greased tin. Bake for 45 minutes until skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove to cool and turn after 30 min or so.
Why does this recipe have the word winter in it? In traditional societies, seeds like sesame were eaten in winter because they created warmth. Eating them in summer generates heat in the body so it is not advisable. Sesame seeds have iron and calcium and it is the black ones that have the highest nutrients. It is also advisable to soak the seeds for a few minutes to rid them of the oxalic acid surrounding them. These truffles are rich, so eat them sparingly. This is a raw desert and great for snack or early morning breakfast when you have to rush. So, here goes the recipe for these warming sesame truffles!
1 cup black or white sesame seeds soaked for 5 minutes
A handful of almonds soaked for 20 minutes
5-6 medjool dates soaked for 10 minutes
1 tsp vanilla extract poweder or liquid
1 tsp maca/ mesquite powder (optional)
1tbsp sesame oil or coconut oil
¼ cup dessicated coconut, leave a tbsp for garnishing
5 tbsp carob powder or 4 tbsp cacao powder. Leave a tbsp for garnishing
few goji berries for garnishing
In a food processor add the nuts and seeds first, Then add the powders, dates, oil. Process until fine. It will be slightly grainy. With wet hands roll them into small 1-2 inch rounds. Then roll them either in carob powder for chocolate truffles or coconut for white truffles. Decorate with a goji berry each. Stores in fridge for more than a week. Makes 10-15 truffles.