Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Orange And Almond Torte

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Recipe by Vanessa Marx courtesy of the ADSA; Photography Claire Gunn

The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) has launched a campaign in partnership with rising-star chef Vanessa Marx (head chef of Dear Me and The White Room in Cape Town). Together they’ve created a collection of recipes under the brand NutritionConfidence, that are as delicious as they are healthy! Looking for some baking inspiration? Try this wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free almond and orange torte. Best thing? It’s great for diabetics too.

“Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most fruits and veg. It’s a low-kilojoule alternative to sugar with a low glycaemic index, resulting in a slow rise and fall in blood sugar levels. Almond flour is a nutritious flour substitute due to its high monounsaturated fat and moderate protein content. Plus, almonds are rich in vitamin E, B2, calcium, fibre and magnesium. Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein and the yolk is a source of vitamin A, B, D, iron and zinc,” says dietitian and ADSA spokesperson, Maryke Gallagher.

Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Orange And Almond Torte


– 6 free-range eggs
– 200g Xylitol
– Zest of 2 oranges
– 215g ground almonds
– 1tsp baking powder
– 40g flaked almonds


1/ Preheat the oven to 160°C.
2/ Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and add the Xylitol. Whisk the eggs and Xylitol together until combined. Add the orange zest, baking powder and ground almonds and whisk into the egg mixture.
3/ Grease a 23cm round cake tin.
4/ Pour the torte mixture into the cake tin and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top of the mixture.
5/ Bake the torte for 20 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown and firm to the touch.
6/ Remove the cake tin from the oven and allow the torte to cool in the tin. Once the torte is cool, carefully remove it from the cake tin and place it on a serving plate or platter.
7/ Serve with low-fat yoghurt and fresh orange slices.

Makes 1 whole torte (10 slices)

Mix it up: The orange zest can be substituted with lemon or other citrus zest like grapefruit or lime. You can also add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, some almond essence or a handful of poppy seeds.

Looking for more recipes? Try this lemon coconut tart recipe, this gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free fig tart recipe or make this raw chocolate tart.

For more information on ADSA, visit www.adsa.org.za

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