Gluten-Free Chocolate Torte

chocolate Torte

Here’s the recipe for the chocolate torte mentioned in the recent Super Bowl blog post. Yup it’s made from chick peas, which gives it a rich dense texture while being relatively low in both fat and “bad” carbs.

You’ll see that this torte is simple to make. The one thing to make certain: when the mixture hits the processor/blender be sure that it purees to a smooth consistency; lumps and grittiness detract from the dense yummy-ness of this cake.

I”m sure you’ll enjoy this excellent dessert … or midnight snack …. or breakfast treat. You’re likely to forget that it’s good for you.

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups (19-oz large can) chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
4 eggs (or 1 cup egg substitute)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

In a small bowl, melt chocolate (over water or in microwave) until smooth. In a blender or processor, combine beans and eggs. Add sugar,  baking powder, and melted chocolate until smooth.Pour into lined 9″ round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Cool, and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.  Cut into 10 wedges. Top with raspberry sauce.

Raspberry Sauce
1/2 cup raspberry jam
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pint fresh or frozen raspberries

Combine these ingredients by hand to desired consistency.

Per Wedge with Sauce:
318 calories
10 grams fat
56 grams carbohydrates
2.8 grams fiber
5.8 grams protein
116 mg sodium

Jeanne Fiorini TarotWorks http://www.tarotworks.comJeanne Fiorini loves chocolate. Period.
http://tarotworks.com
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Super Bowl Hangover

SuperBowlFoodLike most Americans, I watched the Super Bowl yesterday.

The whole thing was kind of a non-event since my Patriots weren’t in the show, but their absence from the festivities made me realize how most other football fans from the past decade have spent Super Bowl Sunday: having forgotten the fumbles, foibles, and troubles of the past 5 months and already setting sights and pinning hopes on “next year.”

We Patriot fans have been spoiled in this regard, but not this year.

We gathered nonetheless at my neighbor Margo’s house as we have all season long — me and Margo and one of Margo’s friends who still cannot believe she’s gotten sucked into the football vortex so late in life — for one last fix before the post-season doldrums set in.

Stockpiles of food and beer are requisite for a Super Bowl party, as if we were mounting a siege against Margo’s 55” TV screen in an epic battle of wills. But before halftime we already were laughing about the fact that most probably we were noshing on the most healthy Super Bowl buffet in the state of Maine, if not the entire Patriot Nation.

It began with fresh guacamole and corn tortillas … and gluten-free pretzels … and organic carrots and pea pods … and Nut Thin crackers (also gluten-free). After the appetizers came Margo’s homemade vegan broccoli soup accompanied by “chicken salad” from a local health food store. (One can only imagine what ingredients compromised that little delicacy.) The banquet was topped off with a flourless chocolate torte whose primary component was chick peas.

Hey don’t laugh! That stuff has 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, with only 10 grams of fat per slice. It’s chocolate, it’s good for you, and tastes yummy to boot. I’ll post the recipe if anyone’s interested.

I did maintain the traditional Sunday football custom and had a few beers during the first half of the game. Meanwhile, Suzanne sipped her spring water and Margo eventually made herself a cup of tea.

There were four beers in the fridge but I just couldn’t go there; turns out all that fiber is very filling.

So we hooted and hollered and commented on how nice men’s butts look in those black Raven spandex and wondered how Shannon Sharpe might look if he was somehow caught on camera in the shower — that’s what everyone else does, right?

I’m pretty sure, though, that we feel a lot better today than do most other folks who watched the same game.Super BwlCheese

But there’s always next year.

Jeanne Fiorini TarotWorks http://www.tarotworks.comJeanne Fiorini is a professional Tarot reader and teacher http://tarotworks.com , a personal organizer http://shesneat.com, and a rabid Patriots fan. Is she “diverse in her interests” or out of whack? You decide.

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