Last week I shared tips on winning over the crowd by serving up mulled wine. Today, let’s turn our attention to dessert.
I used my new blender to make this vegan chocolate cheesecake with figs and raspberries (inspired by This Rawsome Vegan Life). Oats and dates make up the crust. The filling is a decadent purée of cashews, bananas, dates, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, coconut milk and cocoa powder. My blender whipped everything up in just a few minutes. And no baking required!
This double dark chocolate pudding is so easy to make on the stove top: thanks to coconut milk, it’s super rich and creamy. And your friends will hardly believe it’s vegan.
Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 cups coconut milk (I like Silk‘s)
- 4 tbsp cornstarch
- 6 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- unsweetened baking chocolate squares, chopped
- In a bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and cornstarch. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and whisk the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and keep whisking until the pudding starts to bubble.*
- Stir in the chopped bits of chocolate. (Alternatively, sprinkle on top of the pudding when it’s chilled and ready to be served.)
- Cook for two more minutes, then simmer for another minute.
- Take the saucepan off the heat.
- Pour the pudding into a bowl or glass container and cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
- Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.
- Serve with raspberries, sliced strawberries, banana, kiwi or coconut whipped cream.
* For extra creaminess, feel free to add almond butter to the mixture.
Check out this fun video for chocolate truffles. Use vegan chocolate chips and full-fat coconut milk instead of heavy cream. For extra flavour and texture, roll the truffles in coconut flakes.
As I wrote in a previous blog entry, chocolate recipes are easy to veganize with raw cocoa powder and nut milk such as almond, cashew, coconut or oat.
What sinful, chocolate treats get you in a festive mood?