Desserts and Treats

Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Fridge Cake (Dairy Free No Bake Cake)

No bake cakes are quick and easy to make and this vegan and gluten free chocolate fridge cake is no exception. These are good activity for young children as they do not require the use of an oven. Fridge cakes can be varied in many ways to suit your individual or family’s taste. Ingredients such as dried fruits, marshmallows, nuts could be added.

The finished vegan and gluten free chocolate fridge cake can also be decorated once finished. This can be done in many ways including:

fresh fruits

dried fruits
nuts
piped icing
grated chocolate
chocolate buttons
edible glitter
suitable bought decorations such as sprinkles

 

Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Fridge

 

Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Fridge Cake

  • 200g (7oz) vegan and gluten free biscuits
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup or agave nectar
  • pinch salt
  • 100g (3.5oz) vegan dark chocolate, (or vegan milk chocolate if preferred)
  • Strawberries, halved, to decorate

 

  1. Line a container with foil or cling film.
  2. Put the biscuits into a mixing bowl and break into small pieces using the end of a rolling pin.
  3. Melt the margarine, syrup or agave and chocolate over a low heat, stirring.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuits pieces and mix well so that they are all coated.
  5. Pour the mixture into the lined container and press down firmly. Place the halved strawberries on top.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge for 3 hours (or overnight is fine).
  7. When you are ready to serve, remove the container and foil/cling film and cut the cake into squares with a sharp knife.

If you have made my vegan and gluten free chocolate fridge cake it would be great to hear what you think or what variations you have given a try. I really like the cake made using mint dark chocolate as I am a big mint fan. My son loves marshmallows so is always happy when we have some to add. Honeycomb is also a really nice addition and makes the cake extra crunchy!

Ingredients Profiles For Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Fridge Cake

Cocoa

Cocoa is the substance that is left after cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. Itis also known as cocoa powder, cacao or cocoa solids. This brown powder contains many minerals including:
Calcium
Copper
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sodium
Zinc

Cocoa is also rich in flavonoids. These are believed to be helpful in preventing illness such as heart disease and stroke. It contains phenethylamine which acts as a mood lifer and natural anti-depressant. The flavonoids in cocoa are part of a group of antioxidants called polyphenols. These are particularly high in minimally processed and raw cocoa powder. Cocoa may also have the ability to boost endorphin and serotonin levels which increases feelings of happiness

 

Dark Chocolate

When eaten in moderation dark chocolate has many health benefits. Studies have shown that eating small amounts of dark chocolate 2-3 times a week can help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. It may also help to protect against hardening of the arteries. The phenethylamine contained in dark chocolate encourages your brain to release endorphins leading to increased feelings of happiness.
Dark chocolate has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and so may aid cognitive functions. It does contain caffeine; however it is much less than is present in coffee. 1.5oz of dark chocolate contains approximately 27mg of caffeine compared to the 200mg of caffeine contained in an 8oz cup of coffee.
Dark chocolate contains several vitamins and minerals that needed for good health. These include potassium, copper, magnesium and iron.

 

Strawberries

Strawberries are a commonly loved fruit, popular with children and adults alike. They are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, manganese, fibre, magnesium and vitamin C.

Strawberries contain flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals and elagic acid. These all help to ensure good eye health and help prevent damage caused by harmful oxidants. The potassium found in these berries can also help correct any issues relating to pressure within the eyes.

The vitamin C in strawberries is a great boost to the immune system. Tjis vitamin helps with coughs and colds as well as having a role in healing infections. Vitamin C helps the body to neutralise free radicals and prevent healthy cells becoming diseased or cancerous. The flavonoids present in strawberries have excellent antioxidant and anti carcinogenic properties.

 

vegan and gluten free chocolate fridge cake
Photo source – AgelessVisionsPhoto, [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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