I used to be a red wine drinker. I LOVED the big bold reds, dry and sometimes a little fruity. But never sweet. Never ever sweet. Then I was told I was intolerant to red wine. I was shell shocked. Whatever was I going to do?! I've never really been into white wine -I found it lacked the substantiality that red wine provided (maybe I just wasn't trying the right ones.) ...continue reading
The smell of chocolate and sugar wafts through your home. Giddy anticipation fills you, almost done! Your tiny feet pitter-patter through the kitchen to the warm oven. You peer through the double pane glass to the racks in the oven; flour, butter, eggs, sugar and chocolate creating a miracle inside. The essence of the chocolate chip cookies fills your lungs. ...continue reading
Yup. This is happening. This is absolutely decadent. Soft, chewy cookies and vegan vanilla ice cream? O...M...G... This is best done with freshly baked Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Bake them, and let them cool completely.
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it warm up for about 5 minutes. Not any longer as the consistency of this ice cream is already quite soft. If it's super warm out keep and eye on it!
Scoop about 1/4 cup of ice cream and smooth onto one side of the cookie, sandwich with the other side and Viola! Ice cream sandwich. I recommend eating them immediately. You can freeze them, but the cookie will be quite hard so let them sit out for 5-15 minutes prior to eating.
- Coco-Bliss Ice Cream in Vanilla or Chocolate
- Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for at least an hour. Remove ice cream from freezer and let sit on the counter for about 5 minutes. Scoop 1/4 cup of ice cream onto cookie and smash together. Serve immediately.
- You can freeze any that are uneaten- but the cookies will be hard. Let them warm up for 5-15 minutes before serving.
I came up with this recipe after testing multiple flours for a gluten free pie dough. I figured after all the work and trouble of trying not to upset my system with that nasty -albeit delicious- gluten that I should kick the dairy to the curb too (but there is always a place for butter.) So the wheels in my brain start going and I remember my Coconut Chocolate Avocado Mousse. It's kind of like chocolate whipped cream. So take out the chocolate, and TADA!!! Whipped cream. Yet again, being new to the holistic nutrition game, thanks to trusty google I find out it's already been done -like a thousand times. Does it count if I didn't know- if a tree falls in the forest and no one's around does it still make a sound?
Nevertheless this recipe is so incredibly simple. However it does require a bit for forethought, as you need to put the coconut cream in the fridge the night before. It also helps to chill your bowl for 10-20 minutes prior to mixing if you want to make it right before serving. It keeps well, although I'm sure it won't last -you'll be sneaking spoonfuls from the fridge when you think no ones looking. This recipe can also be turned into ice cream by freezing -just whip it every 20 minutes until desired consistency. This will minimize the size of the ice crystals.
Scoop the chilled coconut cream out of the can. If you're using a brand other than Trader Joes, I've noticed that other recipes say to flip the can over, so you open it with the coconut water on the bottom (so you can pour it off and just use the solid coconut cream.)
Add your sugar! I used 2 tbsp of raw cane sugar. I decided on the raw sugar as it has a lower glycemic index than powdered (confectioners) sugar.
Add your vanilla! I always have Vanilla powder on hand, alternatively you can use pure vanilla extract BUT -go for the good stuff. It pays off in flavour.
Whisk it all up! You can use a hand blender, hand mixers, stand mixer or simply a whisk. I used a hand blender, but I think a mixer would add more volume! If you have time it really is quite lovely to chill again prior to serving, and it keeps in the fridge 1-2 weeks. However I do not think it will last that long (because it's so delicious!) and if it does you have a problem. Call me and I'll help you get through it.
The key here is to experiment! How sweet do you like it? How much vanilla do you want? Are there other extracts you like? Have fun and share your comments below!
- 1 can Coconut Cream
- 1-3 tbsp raw can sugar, or other sweetener to taste
- 1 tsp vanilla powder, or extract
- Refrigerate can of coconut cream overnight. Remove from fridge, turn upside down, and open. There will be some liquid on the top which you can pour off (if you don't it will water the whipped cream down.)
- Scoop contents into a bowl, & add all ingredients. Whip it good. Serve with fresh berries, pies, chia pudding, or other deliciousnesses.
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Several years ago I attended a vegan potluck at my friends house in Riley Park, Vancouver and was blown away by a Vegan Chocolate Avocado "Cheesecake" my friend brought. Dairy & gluten free?! Whaaaat?!
A while back I was on a clean eating kick, but still craving something sweet. From my experience smoothie making, I knew that coconut cream gets hard in the fridge. With that and the "cheesecake" in mind I designed this recipe, which is pretty my guilt free and SO DELICIOUS.
Try it and tell me I'm wrong. I dare you.
For this recipe I like Trader Joes Coconut Cream. Any coconut cream works really, just stick it in the fridge the night before, and pour off any coconut water that may be in the can. Or you can always just keep a can in the fridge, you know, just in case. I also use Trader Joe's by the pound dark chocolate, its about $5 for a HUGE bar and the quality is nicer than bakers. I do not recommend using chocolate chips as they are mostly just chocolate flavoured sugar wax. Step up your game -use the good stuff.
Scoop your chilled coconut cream from the can, adding it to a bowl with a two tablespoons of cacao powder and a beautifully fresh, ripe avocado. Save your pit and make an avocado tree! Add a scoop or two of your favourite vanilla protein powder. I like Genuine Health's Vegan Fermented Vanilla. As a protein powder its delicious, and has no filler like other major brands. This is how you're going to get your sweetness, so the amount here is totally up to you.
Roughly chop your chocolate, and place into a double boiler. You can also use a microwave, heat for 30 seconds at a time stirring between until melted. ...I won't lecture you here but we all know what microwaves do.
Add the melted chocolate to the bowl and use a hand blender to mix it all up. The reason I use the hand mixer is to incorporate the chocolate well into the chilled coconut mixture. As soon as you add the chocolate its going to harden because the coconut mix is cold. I find that the blade of the hand mixer breaks up the chocolate for a smoother consistency. If you want a fluffier texture, and are willing to wait a while, do not chill your coconut cream overnight and use a hand mixer to beat air into the ingredients.
For presentation you have two options: spoon it into individual bowls, or chill it in the mixing bowls to scoop onto plate later. I find that the scooping is prettier for presentation with fresh fruit and garnishes. You can use an ice cream scoop for a round dollop, or use two tablespoons to make an egg like shape by transferring the mixture from spoon to spoon, smoothing the sides.
Chocolate pairs well with many things, including bubbly! BC organic cherries are in season so I simply could not resist pitting some of those juicy little babies up to go with this decadent, healthy treat. I encourage you to try something different! Blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all very good. Who knows, maybe a candied sundered tomato might be a good mix? Or just weird.
Garnish with coconut, cacao nibs or shaved chocolate and enjoy! If for some crazy reason you don't finish it all it lasts 2-3 days covered in the fridge.
- 1 can Coconut Cream
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder- I use Genuine Health Fermented Vegan
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate
- 2 tbsp Cacao Powder
- Refrigerate can of coconut cream overnight.
- The next day set up a double boiler on medium-high heat. Turn can of coconut cream upside down, and open. Pour off any liquid and save for a smoothie etc. Spoon contents into a chilled bowl. Add cacao & protein powder and scoop the meat from an avocado. Blend ingredients together with a hand mixer. Place in the fridge.
- Chop chocolate roughly. Add to double boiler and stir constantly. When melted, remove from heat and fold into cream mixture. Spoon into individual bowls, or if you want to portion later leave it in the same mixing bowl. Chill for at least 2 hours. If portion use and ice cream scoop or two large spoons to make an "egg shape."
- Serve with cherries, raspberries or other fruit and garnish with cacao nibs or coconut.
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