A small piece of this rich, velvety mousse cake will satisfy your deepest chocolate cravings!
- 3 1/2 oz/100 g (about 5 medium) Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) boiling water
- 3 1/2 oz (100 g) bittersweet chocolate (I use between 65-72% cacao; note that the flavor will be a bit more bitter/intense the darker you use)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) canned unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk, stirred before measuring
- 4 tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons (20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for garnish
- 4 tablespoons (28 g) almond meal
- 1 teaspoon powdered stevia, which is equivalent to about 2 packets (see Note)
- 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Coconut “whipped cream”
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat the oven to 375F; line a 8 by 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides (so you can easily pull the cake out later).
- Add the dates and water to a food processor or blender, put the lid on, and let the dates soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and coconut milk together in a double boiler or in the microwave.
- Puree the dates and water until smooth, and then add the melted chocolate mixture and pulse a couple times to combine. Add the butter and vanilla and process until smooth. Cool a couple minutes until it’s just lukewarm, and then process in the eggs. Add the cocoa powder, almond meal, stevia, espresso powder, salt, and baking powder and pulse to combine, scraping down the sides as necessary and being careful not to over-mix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out moist with a couple crumbs, about 20 minutes. Do not overbake.
- Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until well chilled before cutting and serving.
- Store leftovers wrapped in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Stevia: Here is a guideline on how sweet 1 packet of stevia is: the amount of stevia in 1 packet measures 1/2 teaspoon, which is about as sweet as 2 to 3 teaspoons of regular sugar.
Nutrition Information: For this recipe, the nutrition information was calculated without any toppings.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 131
- Sugar: 7
- Sodium: 160
- Fat: 9
- Saturated Fat: 5
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 11
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 48