Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Today is Saint Patrick’s day and I made a chocolate cake for the occasion. This is a wholesome, nutritious and not too sweet cake that can be enjoyed any time. It also tastes great with or without icing. If you like your cake with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, this is the perfect cake for that.

However, to celebrate the day, I wanted to make a green icing but without food colouring and without butter or cream. I made this icing with raw cashews, seedless green grapes, mint leaves, lime juice, macha green tea powder and a drop of pure mint extract. And, there’s also only 3 tablespoons of sugar in the entire icing.

Have a great day! 🍀

Chocolate Mint Cake

  • 5 medjool dates, pitted + 3 tbsps water
  • ¼ cup pure applesauce, no sugar added
  • ½ cup pure cacao powder + boiling water to make one cup
  • 1 cup wholewheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup ground almonds with skins (almond meal)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar cane*(see health info.)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

*I use Mascabado granulated sugar cane for its rich taste. Though granulated sugar cane is more wholesome than white sugar, it’s still a sugar that was processed and refined and should be consumed in moderation.

Wholewheat pastry flour isn’t coarse. It has a soft texture.
Ground almonds with skins (almond meal).

Procedure

One 9×9 inch (22×22 cm) square pan

Oven: 180°C or 350°F

Line the bottom of pan with parchment and lightly grease sides with vegetable oil.

Put dates in a narrow microwaveable bowl with 3 tbsps of water. Push dates into the water. Cover and microwave on high for 10-20 seconds. Remove, keep the water and add the applesauce. Process with a handheld blender to make a caramel. Set aside.

To the ½ cup of powdered cocoa add boiling water to make one full cup of chocolate liquid. Pour this into the date and applesauce mixture and mix with a fork until well blended. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, add and mix the flour, ground almonds, granulated sugar cane and baking powder. Into this, pour the chocolate mixture and mix well with a fork.

Mix baking soda with ½ cup boiling water. Add this and the vanilla to the chocolate mixture and mix well with a fork.

Pour and spread mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake on middle rack in pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cake cool completely before icing.

Icing

  • 8 grams mint leaves, stems removed
  • Juice of 1 green lime
  • 1 cup raw natural cashews (160 grams), softened in microwave (see procedure)
  • 1 cup (180 grams) green seedless grapes, stems removed and rinsed
  • 3 tbsps icing sugar
  • ½ tsp macha tea powder
  • 1 drop pure mint extract
  • Sifted macha green tea for topping (option)

Procedure

Put mint leaves in the lime juice and let them soak for a while in fridge. Meanwhile, put the cashews in a small bowl and cover them with water. Put a lid on bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove, strain water and rinse cashews in a sieve under cold running water until they are completely cool. Put the soft cashews and grapes into a high-speed blender and whiz on low gradually increasing to high scraping the sides with a blender plunger until creamy. Add the mint leaves with lime juice and whizz for a good 3 minutes using the plunger until very creamy. Pour mixture into a small bowl. Add icing sugar, mint extract and macha tea powder. Mix with a fork. Cover and store in fridge to chill. Spread icing on cake when it has cooled down completely. Sift macha tea on top. Store cake and leftovers in a covered container in fridge. Enjoy!

My daughter Alexandra, with the shamrock ears at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
Having fun!
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Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

8 thoughts on “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

    1. Thanks Conor! This is a healthy version. It’s less sweet and chocolate dense that those decadent chocolate cakes that I used to make (I love chocolate). John and my daughters don’t like things that are too sweet or chocolaty, so, too often, I would be the only one eating chocolate cake. With this recipe, I recommend fresh cream on the side. I’m having a piece with my coffee this morning as I write this, I mean, I get my fibre and chocolate at the same time and I’m fit! OK, enough said…Hope you had a good time yesterday! I’m looking forward to our adventure in Belfast, going back to our roots and taking pictures of the remains of our Ancestral home. 🙂

    1. Hi! Happy Belated St Pattie’s to you too! Glad you liked the recipe. I like to cook healthy foods and healthy desserts. Over the years, I’ve reduced my sugar intake and I feel much better.

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