Persimmon chia chocolate cake

I created this recipe when I got home from the Maybachufer market one day and had a whole big box of super-ripe persimmons (also called sharon fruit or khaki) which I got for a ridiculously cheap price. I decided to freeze half the fruits to use for smoothies, the other half is responsible for this delightful supersweet n’ creamy chocolate cake which is absolutely sugar-free and wheat-free! If you replace the almonds with pumpkin seeds the recipe  is  nut-free too, and calories are reduced to a minimum. You can make this cake in a Christmas version too if you add cinnamon and fresh ground cardamon seeds. I used dark chocolate powder as I can’t always afford the raw chocolate powder. It’s usually found in the baking section of any supermarket and is 100% dark chocolate but processed with a heating method which makes it the only non-raw ingredient for this cake. Still it`s a superhealthy treat that nourishes your body and your soul…

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1/2 cup almonds (soaked over night)
  • 1/2 cup sprouted sunflower seeds
  • 6 medium sized dates
  • dark chocolate powder / raw chocolate powder

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 3-4 ripe persimmons
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate powder
  • 3-4 Tbs chia seeds

Ingredients for the icing:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 Tbs Maple syrup

First you start by making the dough. You simply combine all ingredients in your food processor and mix for 3-4 min. until you are left with a sticky, soft dough. You may have to add a little more of the dry ingredients if it is too sticky (or the other way around) so you can work it well with your hands. Get a small tray (or use a steel bowl like I did) and use some coconut or olive oil to spread a thin layer all over the tray to prevent the dough from sticking. Then spread the dough 1-2 cm thick inside the tray and leave some dough to cover once the filling is inside.
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For the filling you mix the persimmons and the chocolate powder in the processor for approx. 2 min. then pour into the tray and add the chia seeds. Let the seeds soak in the pulp for 1/2h and occasionally stir it up. You will notice your pulp getting thicker and thicker. If it is not thick enough (should be like a wobbly but firm jelly) then add some more seeds and wait patiently.
Fill the pulp into your prepared baking tray / bowl and use the rest of the dough to cover it up.
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Let it sit in the fridge for about an hour…or as long as you can wait! Then the drama of getting the cake out of the baking tray in one piece starts 🙂 Stay cool, even if it falls apart you can still squash it together somehow and it will still look good with the icing 😉 Then give it a very, very generous icing of the tahini/maple syrup mix (the best icing I ever tried!)

BLISSFUL CHOCOLATE HEAVEN IS NOW YOURS!  ENJOY!

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About Sarita Chia

Hello and Namaskaram from South India my current home. My name is Sarita and I am originally from Germany. After spending my last 7 years in the big cities Berlin and London I decided to settle for a life in a more peaceful, green and soothing atmosphere. Here I share my passion for raw and vegan food. It's been quite a journey for me after turning vegan in May 2011 and I got to explore so incredibly much in these past years and got quite experienced in food prep, cooking vegan meals and moreover learning to listening to my body and which foods suit me the best. I just adore sweet fruit and love to indulge in raw desserts, cakes, ice creams, cookies, smoothie bowls, you name it. Just can't get over it what magic can be done with simple ingredients being likewise a treat for your taste buds and for your system. Yoga and meditation has become another big part of my life over the years. I feel the benefits from just that little fragment of time which I invest daily. I feel that that’s for me the most significant experience of my life which I want to deepen even more. Apart from that I'm a big nature fan and love love love trees :) and yes I also hug them if I feel like it. I'm a great hippie just like my parents, all up for love and peace. I believe that everyone creates their own world and is responsible for everything happening in their lives, even the bad stuff. I try to keep a happy and positive outlook on things as I find that perception creates reality. I am also a great dreamer: I believe that everyone on this planet will turn vegan someday and that it's possible for humankind to evolve into conscious and loving beings which manage to live without wars, money, hatred and crime. The revolution has already started as everyone starts from their own personal (r)evolution towards truth, compassion, empathy, love, peace and all the good stuff. We are constantly learning how to be better humans that’s what I believe. And dayum I ride my rainbow colored unicorn in my sunshine filled fairy world just because I can. I believe in magic. True every day magic. Good happy magic moments. It happens every day you just have to open your eyes ;) Travelling is my heart and I count it as a great part of education. The most important one actually! I think that by travelling you get to learn the real shit! The real life lessons! Be free and wild. Be a child of wind and sun. With this blog I hope to inspire others to make healthier & happier choices and I hope to show how easy it is to switch and keep up a healthy plantbased diet all around the world.

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