Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

This Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cake tastes reminiscent of Nutella, it's rich and indulgent, and perfectly soft and fudgy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword gluten-free chocolate hazelnut cake, paleo chocolate cake, vegan chocolate hazelnut cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 288kcal
Author Rhian Williams


  • 130 g (3/4 cup) pitted dates soaked overnight in cold water or for 10 minutes in boiling water and drained
  • 200 g (2 cups) ground hazelnuts (if you can't get hold of this, you can grind the hazelnuts into a fine powder using a food processor)
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • Optional: Salt, to taste
  • Optional: 100g (1/2 cup) tinned or fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • Optional: Splash of Amaretto (ensure gluten-free/vegan if necessary*)

For the icing (optional)*:

  • 40 g (1/4 cup) dark chocolate (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Use a food processor or blender (or hand-held blender) to blend the dates into a smooth purée
  • Add the puréed dates into a bowl along with all the other ingredients and mix well
  • Transfer to your (greased) baking dish of choice - I used a 7inch/18cm round springform baking tin
  • Bake in oven for around 20 minutes

For the icing:

  • Once the cake is completely cooled, make the icing - melt the chocolate in a bain-marie or microwave
  • Add the milk a teaspoon at a time, until you get the desired consistency
  • Spread evenly over the cake
  • The cake keeps well in the fridge for up to a few days


*For a refined sugar free version, omit all starred ingredients and use fresh cherries instead of tinned


Calories: 288kcal