Chocolate Christmas Panforte

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Chocolate Christmas Panforte

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So you love chocolate and Christmas and food and yummy stuff? No way! I do too. 😉

That’s why I’ve created what I am now describing as panforte-mageddon, because I actually ate this whole mutha-ucking panforte  to myself today.



I realise that when I’m tired, which I am right now, and when I feel a little anxious… which I do right now, I comfort eat. It’s not about the food all the time and more about what we are eating to cover up how we really feel. Today I ate to cover fatigue and anxiety. Do you ever do this? It’s typically an unconscious action but is so powerful when you can recognise it in yourself.

Look… was it the BEST thing I could do to eat this whole panforte? Probably not, but it wasn’t bad for me because you see, it is created with 100% healthy ingredients and tastes flippin’ amazing.

I had never made a panforte before and so when I took that first bite I was dying I tell you, D Y I N G.

I was alone in the kitchen and I was looking around me desperate for someone to witness the coming of the panforte-mageddon and no one was. I had to resort to moaning and spinning in circles while I took bite after glorious bite. (after glorious bite, after glorious bite, after glorious bite.)

The crunch of the dried goji berries are almost like hard candy within this rich chocolate treat when eaten frozen.

It is seriously heaven. If you need an idea for a gift then look no further! (Unless you want to make my gingerbread because that’s pretty good too).




Chocolate Christmas Panforte

Makes one 20cm cake (about 5 cm high)


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 10 sulphur free dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds


Mix all ingredients together and place into a cake tin lined with cling-wrap or lined in baking paper. Freeze for 1 hour and then remove from the mould and allow to ‘un-freeze’ (is that even a word?) slightly before slicing.

If you want to gift this you can wrap it in baking paper and tie with a pretty red ribbon before handing it over to the lucky person. Make sure they keep it in the fridge if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere because the Aussie summer will make for a very melted panforte-maggedon.

Enjoy. It’s spectacular.


Chocolate Christmas Panforte was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by Alice Nicholls

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