The holidays are a time for indulgence. This twist on a classic Italian panforte combines luxurious nuts, orange zest, chocolate, and maple syrup for a slice of heaven.

Festive Panforte [Vegan]

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  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup candied cherries
  • 2/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 unwaxed orange
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free butter
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar, to dust


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300°F and line a shallow cake tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almonds, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, and cherries. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange zest.
  3. Heat the caster sugar, maple syrup, and margarine over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and pour into the nut mix, stirring to combine fully.
  4. Press the heavy mix into the shallow cake tin-use your fingers to press down to ensure there are no gaps. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until set. Dust liberally with icing sugar before cutting into small slices.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 545 | Carbs: 80 g | Fat: 24 g | Protein: 7 g | Sodium: 6 mg | Sugar: 65 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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