I love doing something different for my birthday, but it wouldn’t be a celebration without some form of cake! My Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Treat is as luxurious and full of flavour as a chocolate tart can get, and it’s surprisingly easy to make.
As part of my mission to eat more plant-based foods, this chocolate extravaganza is completely vegan. Coconut oil in the base helps to bind the oats together and espresso powder in the filling gives it an extra boost of deliciousness.
It works equally well with a nice hot cuppa or a glass of cold champagne – you choose!
Preheat the oven to 160°C / 325°F / gas 3.
Now, the base: blend the oats into a flour-like consistency, then add the coconut oil, 4 dates, cacao powder and cinnamon and blitz until fully combined.
Press the base out into a small tart tin. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then leave to cool while you make the filling.
Melt your chocolate, then blend it with the espresso, cacao, coconut oil and 6 medjool dates. Once smooth add a pinch of salt. If it’s too thick, try adding 1 tbsp warm water to make it nice and gooey.
Once the base is cold pour over the chocolate filling and let it set for 1 hour in the fridge. Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy with your nearest and dearest.
This tart will last up to 3 days in the fridge, stored in an airtight tin. However, in my house it usually goes in about 10 minutes!