Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Toasted Hazelnut Crust, from Oh She Glows


Yes, more chocolate. “Oops”. I’ll explain.

I recently received an email from the lovely Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows genius, asking me if I’d like to take a look at her just-released cookbook. It was not surprising to discover a world of truly spectacular and inspiring vegan recipes, just like on her blog, so when she asked me if I would like to post a recipe from the book here on My New Roots, of course I jumped at the chance. Although there were countless delicious-looking dishes to choose from, one dessert really stood out to me: the Chocolate Torte with Toasted Hazelnut Crust. Guh. Hold me back. I am a tired mummy with a very apparent chocolate predilection, so please find it in your heart to forgive me, please? I know, that was a hard one.


Angela’s creativity and culinary prowess really comes through in this dessert. Instead of dairy products, the luxuriously smooth and rich chocolate torte uses cashews to mimic cream, and geniusly doubles as freezer fudge if you are “not in the mood” to make crust, as she puts it. It is incredibly chocolaty and decadent, using only maple syrup as a sweetener. And although I have never been a coffee drinker, I do appreciate the taste of coffee, and the flavour of it in this dessert is actually very subtle, functioning more as an enhancer of the chocolate. I’m all for that. If you do not want to use espresso, it’s fine to leave it out. Just a plain chocolate version of this would be divine.


This dessert is fantastic. Like, seriously. If you make it for a group of people, you will have friends for life, and if you make it for yourself you will be enjoying slivers of silky smooth chocolate bliss for a days on end. Because you store the torte in the freezer and take it out just before serving, you can keep it for a very long time, providing you can exercise some serious restraint. I was able to ration this thing out over a couple weeks (see friends, I do have some self-control).

If you don’t have a high-speed blender, this recipe will still work and be delicious, but the filling will not be as smooth as if you use something like a Vitamix or Blendtec.


Huge thanks to Angela for blessing us with not only this incredible recipe, but an entire book filled with vegan delights that will inspire anyone who picks up a copy. Her warmth, wisdom and kitchen creativity shines through on every page, showing us all that healthy food can be astoundingly delicious!

Get your copy of the Oh She Glows cookbook here.



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  8. sarah

    Just made this recipe and it was a hit!! My parents (who are skeptical of anything vegan or “too healthy”) were absolutely blown away by this cake. They brought it to a party, and I’m proud to say that we didn’t have ant leftovers

  9. J Hooper

    Love your website and book! So much deliciousness!
    I am transitioning to a very low saturated fat diet (in addition to gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian) to control Multiple Sclerosis. Is there anything you could recommend substituting for the coconut oil that is lower in saturated fat?

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  13. Jacqueline

    I made this tonight and found myself like Winnie the pooh- once the fudge had been poured, I could not help but take my vitamix container and scoop out the remaining batter…. with my bare hands… sooooo good! Love your blog and oh she glows!

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  15. Anna

    This was a huge success! It was devoured within minutes and my friends were asking for more… Thanks for your amazing recipes Sarah 🙂

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  17. Masques

    Sarah, This was amazing! I made it for some friends and they loved it and the best part was that there were left overs! Thanks for posting!

    • Anna

      Well… 380g of fat, including over 200g of saturated fat in that cake, and this without the cream, chocolate and coconut flakes on top. I do think I’m going to make it for a very special occasion, but I would definitely not call it healthy. 😀

  18. Sara

    Hello all! I just wanted to let you know that I made a half batch of this recipe and portioned it into a cupcake tin. It made about 6, but I think you could stretch it to 8-10. They came out great–just make sure to run the bottom of the tin under hot water before trying to remove as many tartlets as you want!


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  21. shilpa

    Sarah, This was amazing! I made it for some friends and they loved it and the best part was that there were left overs! Thanks for posting!

  22. tara

    Omg… Seriously I made this for a picnic on the weekend with my friend and it was SO tasty and simple to make. This is my first try at a raw cake and wont be my last. Thanks so much ^_^

  23. amy

    No need to explain yourself for posting this particular recipe–it’s absolutely self-explanatory! I happen to have just bought some chocolate and hazelnuts today, so I know what my next baking project will be! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Michelle @LALLnutrition

    O M G Sarah! This looks out of control and decadent, my fav way to enjoy chocolate 😉 I love that it’s mostly raw, might need to try it with a raw crust. What can I say I’m a sucker for uncooked things 🙂

    ~Michelle xo

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  28. bese

    Looks great but I’m allergic to cashews AND dairy AND gluten (wah), does anyone know of a good non-dairy substitute for creaminess?

  29. sarah

    Waaauw!!! i’m also a tired mum in a chocolate mood .. I’m happy to find other mum’s in the same situation 🙂 and to find such delicious recipes with healthy chocolate combinations! Dankjewel from Belgium!

  30. Susan

    Great minds think alike alike and simple ones seldom differ, hahaha I just bought this book for my daughter and of course HAD to look thru it and I immediately copied this!!!

  31. Marissa

    First time over here at your blog, this looks delicious! Currently eating vegan and sugar free, but in a few weeks I’ll be adding sugar (natural sweeteners) back in and would love to try this! Yummm!

  32. Kendra

    My 2 favorite blogs combined? Wow!!! Love the osg cookbook. My favorite so far is the mango, strawberry salsa

  33. Ine

    Oh my, this looks fantastic! And very on the spot for a very tired mama.

    Something completely different: I was wondering if you are planning to write about baby food on your blog? I would love to read about that! 🙂

  34. Suzanne @RollWithIt

    This looks fantastic and I love your photos! I’m picking up this book this week! Sadly, I’m off chocolate while breast feeding (although craving it just like you). Will bookmark this recipe for later! Cannot wait for your book too Sarah, it will be fantastic!

  35. Laura

    More chocolate please! This looks phenomenal, Sarah. So excited to see Angela’s book. Loving that little cashew cream drizzle too.

  36. HanaS

    Oh, I think this is what heaven looks like…may I ask a question what do you soak the cashew nuts in, water??? Thank you.

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  38. Vera@growntocook

    A heightened consumption of chocolate in a new mom is totally understandable 🙂 I only really understood about chocolate after my second child was born and not being a coffee-drinker I needed something else to keep me awake past 7 pm. The torte looks delicious!

  39. Sarah

    Sarah B and Angela Liddon – a couple of beautiful, talented, amazing Canucks!! You both have inspired me so much. You are the ONLY TWO food blogs I have bookmarked and visit both sites almost daily! Love you both!

  40. Mareike

    It’s my second time her on your blog and I realy love your recipes. I already tried the buckweath granola and now this! Wow, I have a lot do next time! This looks so gorgeous! And thanks for the book suggestion. I’m always looking after good vegan cookbooks.
    Greetings from Berlin

  41. Angela

    Sarah, I can’t thank you enough for this beautiful post. I’m smiling from ear to ear drooling over your stunning photos and reading your lovely words. So happy you enjoyed the torte so much. I for one cannot wait to have your cookbook in my hands. Congrats again on finishing your manuscript…I’m looking forward to it immensely. xo

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