RECIPE FROM 'DELICIOUSLY ELLA WITH FRIENDS'

I try my hardest to eat healthily and aim to eat fresh, unprocessed foods most of the time, however I am by no means perfect. I live a fairly balanced healthy lifestyle; I listen to my body and fuel it with good food but I also know that I deserve and require a treat every once in a while. 

I got gifted Deliciously Ella with Friends by a loved one who had clearly spotted it on my February Lust List - a massive thank you again.... and have spent the past few days flicking through and salivating over the stunning images and taking mental notes of the recipes I want to try and recreate. The food images are drool-worthy but it's also lovely to see images of Ella enjoying the food with her friends and family.  

I have another one of Ella's book and have made several recipes from it but her newest book intrigued me because it's aimed at those wanting to cook healthily, not only for themselves, but for others too. For many people, a healthy, vegan or plant based diet is daunting and sometimes alienating e.g. people raise an eyebrow when I say I've made sweet potato brownies before, so I was curious to see how Ella was able to incorporate recipes into her book that even 'healthy lifestyle-phobes' would thoroughly enjoy.

The book covers all types of entertaining and is split into the following sections; Mornings, Light & Easy, Feasts, Sides, Parties and Sweets.

Seeing as the last recipe I posted on here was a savoury dish, I thought I'd switch it up and try something (a lot) sweeter with this Chocolate Orange Tart...

Anyone that knows me well, knows that if my jaw would allow it, I'd eat a whole Terry's Chocolate Orange in one so this recipe was an absolute definite to try out. Plus it has avocado in it which is another one of my favourite ingredients. 

*find the recipe below

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If the pictures aren't enough to convince you, I can fully assure you, it's ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! 

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INGREDIENTS

FOR THE BASE

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

150g almonds

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

150g of pitted medjool dates

Finely grated zest of 1 orange

Juice of 1/2 orange 

Pinch of salt 

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

FOR THE MIDDLE LAYER

2 ripes avocados 

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

4 tablespoons of date syrup

2 tablespoons of honey 

4 heaped tablespoons of cacao powder 

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges

2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter 

Pinch of salt 

TO DECORATE

Finely grated zest of 1/2 orange

Pinch of sea salt

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METHOD

Oil a 20cm springform cake tin with coconut oil or line it with baking parchment. 

Make the base. Start by blitzing the almonds in a food processor until they form a chunky flour, then add all the other ingredients - not forgetting the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil - and blend until a sticky mix forms.

Use a spatula to firmly press the mix down into the prepared tin. 

Place in a freezer for 30 minute to allow the tart base to set. 

Meanwhile, make the middle layer. Pit and peel the avocados, then place them with all the other ingredients into a food processor. Blend until a smooth, creamy, mousse-like mixture forms. 

Pour it over the base, then return to the freezer for 1 hour to set. 

Take it out about 15 minutes before serving. 

Grate the orange zest over the top and sprinkle with a few sea salt flakes.

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I really hope you enjoy - I certainly did!

xo