Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cakes

By Chef: Lauren Glucina
Posted:  November 16, 2016 


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These mini chocolate hazelnut cakes taste a bit like nutella x ice cream, though they’re entirely raw and made without any dairy, eggs, flour or refined sugar. Guaranteed to impress family and friends, vegan or otherwise!


  • 1½ cups coconut flakes/chips
  • ½ cup rolled oats (fine)
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 100g of Medjool dates, pitted (about 6)
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1¼ cups hazelnuts
  • 1¼ cups almond milk (or oat milk/coconut milk)
  • ⅓ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • ¼ raw cacao butter, liquefied*
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Large pinch of coarse sea salt
Chocolate Sauce
  • ½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches coarse sea salt
To Top
  • 1 cup hazelnuts


  1. Place oats and coconut in a food processor and blitz for 30 seconds.
  2. Add cacao powder and salt and blend again.
  3. Add dates last, one at a time, and blend till the mixture holds together when pressed. If it is on the dry side, add a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  4. Press mixture evenly into the base of silicon muffin moulds (about 1 heaped tablespoon per cavity, there is enough to fill 12 cavities).
  1. Place hazelnuts and almond milk in a high-speed blender, and whiz till smooth (about 1 minute).
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend for another 1 minute. Stop and scrape the sides down as needed.
  3. Pour filling into the muffin moulds, but don’t fill right to the top – leave about a 5mm gap.
  4. Gently press a small handful of whole hazelnuts into the tops. Transfer to the freezer to set (will take a few hours).
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth.
  2. Pour into a squeeze-bottle, and drizzle over frozen cakes.
  1. Remove from freezer 15-30 minutes before serving, to soften.


*To liquefy cacao butter, shave it with a knife and place in a glass jug, stand in hot water till it melts.