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This Gluten-Free Chocolate Torta Caprese is decadence at its best!

One of my favourite eateries in Durban is Shoots and Leaves, based in Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa. Their food is always fresh with something new on the menu each day. We get daily messages with a list of 5 / 6 dishes they are preparing for the day, and each day is better than the next. Using whole local foods, their harvest table lunches are legendary and a must-try if you are in the area.

When I asked if they had any go-to recipes for chocolate, their reply was certainly! Well, this recipe has become my personal go-to to impress my dinner guests with an after-dinner slice of chocolaty heaven. It’s like a soft pillow of chocolate.

So without further ado, herewith is a traditional Italian GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese.

GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese

A traditional Torta Caprese that never disappoints the taste buds
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Shoots & Leaves, Local Eatery

Equipment

  • 1 springform cake tin
  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Bowl heat proof to melt chocolate in
  • 1 Bowl for egg mix
  • 1 Spoon

Ingredients

  • 125 g Dark Chocolate 60% , broken into pieces
  • 125 g Butter unsalted
  • 125 g Cane Sugar
  • 125 g Almond Flour
  • 1 tbs Orange Zest
  • 3 Eggs large, seperated

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 160°C, then grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place over a pot of boiling water. Stirring until the chocolate has melted.
  • Add butter into melted chocolate, followed by sugar.
  • Fold almond flour gently into the chocolate mixture. Allow mixture to cool slightly. Add orange zest.
  • Add egg yolks into the chocolate mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg whites and fold them into the chocolate mixture
  • Pour the mixture into a lined cake tin. Bake for ±40 minutes or until the top appears cooked, and when inserted with a skewer, it comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the cake tin. Remove and dust with icing sugar.

Notes

Nut-free Version: Use coconut flour instead of almond flour
Flavour Variation: Use lemon zest instead of orange

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This Gluten-Free Chocolate Torta Caprese is decadence at its best!

One of my favourite eateries in Durban is Shoots and Leaves, based in Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa. Their food is always fresh with something new on the menu each day. We get daily messages with a list of 5 / 6 dishes they are preparing for the day, and each day is better than the next. Using whole local foods, their harvest table lunches are legendary and a must-try if you are in the area.

When I asked if they had any go-to recipes for chocolate, their reply was certainly! Well, this recipe has become my personal go-to to impress my dinner guests with an after-dinner slice of chocolaty heaven. It’s like a soft pillow of chocolate.

So without further ado, herewith is a traditional Italian GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese.

GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese

A traditional Torta Caprese that never disappoints the taste buds
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Shoots & Leaves, Local Eatery

Equipment

  • 1 springform cake tin
  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Bowl heat proof to melt chocolate in
  • 1 Bowl for egg mix
  • 1 Spoon

Ingredients

  • 125 g Dark Chocolate 60% , broken into pieces
  • 125 g Butter unsalted
  • 125 g Cane Sugar
  • 125 g Almond Flour
  • 1 tbs Orange Zest
  • 3 Eggs large, seperated

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 160°C, then grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place over a pot of boiling water. Stirring until the chocolate has melted.
  • Add butter into melted chocolate, followed by sugar.
  • Fold almond flour gently into the chocolate mixture. Allow mixture to cool slightly. Add orange zest.
  • Add egg yolks into the chocolate mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg whites and fold them into the chocolate mixture
  • Pour the mixture into a lined cake tin. Bake for ±40 minutes or until the top appears cooked, and when inserted with a skewer, it comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the cake tin. Remove and dust with icing sugar.

Notes

Nut-free Version: Use coconut flour instead of almond flour
Flavour Variation: Use lemon zest instead of orange

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Sharan Kafoa (Health and Hormone Coach) sent through this delicious recipe. Sharan follows a Gluten-Free eating plan to manage her health best and does not compromise on taste.

Sharan is based in Melbourne, Australia, and through her journey of dealing with three autoimmune diseases, she focuses on feeling well, living well and loving life.

Follow Sharan on social media (@whysettleforordinary) or head on over to her website (www.preservethegoddess.com)to find out more or read her article about Raw Food.

Fully Loaded Gluten Free Choc Chip Cookies

Heavy on the chocolate, easy on the time. A delicious recipe you can put together with minimal effort.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Treat
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, easy
Servings: 12
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Sharan Kafoa

Ingredients

Chocolate Mix

  • 65 g Butter chopped
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate chopped, organic

Flour Mix

  • 75 g Oat Flour
  • ¼ cup Cacao Powder
  • 100 g Monk Fruit Sweetener

Dough Mix

  • 2 Eggs room temp, lightly beaten
  • 50 g Dark Chocolate Chips alt: blend of white and milk

Instructions

  • Preheat ove to 180°C, (160°C for fan forced), and line a tray with baking paper

Chocolate Mix

  • Melt butter and chopped dark chocolate together and mix until smooth, then set aside to cool

Flour Mix

  • Sift flour, cacao powder and monk fruit sweetener together

Dough Mix

  • Add lightly beaten eggs to the Chocolate Mix and stir until well incorporated, then add the Flour Mix, followed by the chocoalte chips.
  • Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto the tray, leaving a bit of room for spreading
  • Bake for 15min or until the top feels firm, then cool on the tray on a wire rack for 10min
  • Remove from tray and cool completely before serving

If you haven’t read my blog about Chocolate – Healthy or Not? Then spoiler alert – yes, it is***, and I have 5 effortless chocolaty recipes for you to try.

(***All those stars mean terms, conditions, and fine print).

Sigh! I know; it would be so cool if this one single delicious ingredient a decisive nod.

It’s your prerogative

How you use chocolate in your diet is your choice, but it’s going feature in some way for most of us. So, to make the search for healthier chocolate recipes easier, I put together a little recipe round-up for you.

About that fine print, I mentioned

Treats need to be eaten mindfully and in moderation. While all these recipes are gluten-free, they inevitably use some form of sweetener (always natural). If you are experiencing issues with blood sugar or hormones, I urge you to partake in moderation.

Who’s on the list

The health and wellness community is diverse, and when I reached out to my colleagues for recipes, I was thrilled to get responses from all over the globe (Canada, Australia & South Africa). So whether you are near or far, you can enjoy what we each have to offer.

Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Fudge Cake 

Chocolate and fudge in the same sentence!

This gem is loaded with protein and fibre to help manage blood sugar spikes. In addition, Zucchini is a genuinely underrated fruit, and you will be surprised (and delighted) at how well it works with this recipe. Another bonus is the handy swop outs to accommodate a vegan diet – so everyone can try this one out.

Caitlin is a Certified Holistic & Culinary Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor based in St John, Canada. She is a passionate advocate of changing our relationship with food to live our best lives. To find out more about her incredible story and for more recipes, be sure to visit her site: Nourished by Caitlin Iles and follow her on social media: @nourishedbycaitlin

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Double Chocolate Almond Granola

https://www.mealsbytiia.com/recipes/double-chocolate-almond-granola/Tiia knocked it out of the park with this recipe.

If a chocolaty start to the day is what you are after, then her Double Chocolate Almond Granola is what you have been looking for.

Using raw cacao powder to boost the antioxidant and magnesium goodness and offer the option to add a little collagen powder. I love a recipe that manages to pack a nutritional punch and doesn’t compromise on taste. Tiia is a Culinary Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and helps her clients with meal prepping, planning and much more. For more recipes, be sure to head on over to her site: Meals by Tiia and follower her on social media: @mealsbytiia

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Fully Loaded GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are not only delicious but so quick and easy to prepare. So great for whipping up when guests come over or as a gift for your friends – trust me, they will thank you or have with your afternoon tea – no sharing is needed.

Sharan follows a Gluten-Free eating plan to manage her health best and does not compromise on taste. The smell alone will have you drooling.

Sharan is a certified Health and Hormone Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. Through her journey dealing with three autoimmune diseases, Sharan focuses on feeling well, living well and loving life. Follow Sharan on social media: @whysettleforordinary, or click one of the links below for more details.

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GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese

This is decadence at its best!

If you want to impress with an after-dinner slice of chocolaty heaven – then this is the go-to recipe. It’s like a soft pillow of chocolate.

Shoots and Leaves are an eatery based in Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa. Their food is always fresh with something new on the menu each day. Using whole local foods, their harvest table lunches are legendary and a must-try if you are in the area.

To order your box of farm-fresh veg, wholesome frozen meals for the week or meet up with friends for a delicious lunch, check out their website: Shoots & Leaves or connect with them on social media: @shoots_and_leaves_sa

Download the recipe here with all their contact details.

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Chocolate Truffle Cups

This is one of my personal favourite recipes to make. From my days of following a ketogenic diet and loving the texture of smooth buttery fat bombs, it was a springboard from there. Tahini with coconut syrup is also reminiscent of the old days when I would have peanut butter and syrup.

It all makes for a deep chocolaty, buttery truffle in a bed of crispy hazelnut. A mineral-rich treat is sure to satisfy the chocolate lover in you.

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