Do yourself a favour and try this Orange Chia Cake. It’s quick to make, incredibly delicious and not too bad for your health either.
I have probably never worked harder on a recipe than I have on this Orange Chia Cake. I’ve remade it half a dozen times. Baking with chia seeds proved to be very difficult.
I was determined to succeed though. Giving up on the chia seeds in this recipe was simply not an option. The first time I made it, both the flavour and the consistency were all wrong. The second time the flavour was much better (still not perfect) but the consistency remained off.
The problem was that the chia seeds soaked up a lot of liquid. I knew that much. But exactly how much liquid they required, I didn’t know. The first few times I got the balance all wrong. It was either bone dry or way too soggy in the middle. Neither of them working for me.
What made it so frustrating was that by my third attempt, the flavour was absolutely amazing, but the consistency still made it an unpleasant experience. But as I said, giving up was not an option. I went back into to the kitchen again and again until I got it just right.
When I finally succeed, all of the hard work and frustrations suddenly meant nothing. All that mattered was the end result, which was this flavourful, rich and moist orange chia cake.
The orange flavour really comes out in this recipe and together with the maple syrup, it creates a sweet cake. The chocolate frosting isn’t necessary, but it certainly adds a nice touch. Orange and chocolate compliment each other extremely well.
Do yourself a favour and try this recipe. It’s quick to make, incredibly delicious and not too bad for your health either.
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- For the Orange Chia Cake
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (12 g)
- ½ cup water (120 ml)
- 1 cup buckwheat flour (125 g)
- ½ cup ground almonds (40 g)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (60 g)
- ⅓ cup + 1 tbsp maple syrup (110 g/80 ml + 1 tbsp)
- Zest from 1 big orange (about 1 tbsp/5 g)
- Juice from 1 big orange (about ½ cup/120 ml)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- For the Chocolate Frosting
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ - 1 tbsp water
- Soak the chia seeds in the water for 5-10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients well together.
- Mix unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice and coconut oil and the soaked chia seeds in a separate bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Make sure you mix everything together really well.
- Pour the batter into a lightly ceased 20x20 cm baking dish and bake the cake for 30-35 minutes. The cake should feel firm and a toothstick should come out clean of the middle when done.
- To make the chocolate frosting, add all ingredients together in a bowl and mix. Pour over the cake when it is cooled down.