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Chocolate Orange Polenta Cake

Chocolate Orange Polenta Cake

This Chocolate Orange Polenta Cake is an amazing sweet, treat that tastes incredibly indulgent but actually only contains the most natural, wholesome ingredients. It’s entirely gluten free, refined sugar free and suitable for vegans but you’d never know it as it’s so sweet, so bursting with flavour and doesn’t taste like it’s missing a thing. The polenta adds a pleasantly crumbly, grainy texture but still manages to stay moist, the ground almonds really help to create that classic spongy texture, the cacao powder adds such a richness and is so incredible combined with the zesty orange to give that classic chocolate orange taste.

By Nourishing Amelia

  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians



  • 230g Merchant Gourmet Dried Polenta
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 50g buckwheat flour
  • 4 tsp arrowroot flour
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • Zest + Juice 2 oranges
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 8 tbsp water
  • 250ml almond milk
  • 180ml maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil + extra for greasing
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

For the Orange Glaze

  • Juice + Zest 1 orange
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


1.Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees celsius

2.Add the chia seeds to a small bowl or mug and combine with the water. Set aside for 10 minutes until a gel forms

3.Heat the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan until it melts

4.In a large mixing bowl, combine all the cake ingredients (including the thickened chia seed mixture and melted coconut oil). Stir until really well combined

5.Grease a 18cm cake tin with coconut oil then spoon in the cake mixture

6.Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until you can poke a knife through the middle and it comes out clean

7.Leave the cake to cool for 30 minutes

8.To make the glaze, simply add the ingredients to a saucepan and heat on a low-medium temperature until everything is smooth and a kind of syrup forms

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