Vegan Dark Chocolate “Peppermint Patties”

 

VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE “PEPPERMINT PATTIES”

For those of us living in the northeast or cooler climates, we now are stepping deeper into winter.  The days seems shorter with less light and there is a nurturing and internal facet of this time of year.  I’ve been reflective and thoughtful about this new year and love finding ways to find comfort in the simple things.  A hot bath, a cup of herbal tea, a nourishing meal or a delicious yummy treat.

I died a little to be honest when I took a bite of one of these and I’m being serious!  These are just the right combination of peppermint and chocolate.  They make the perfect pick me up in the afternoon with a cup of tea and they really satisfy that desire for something sweet or special.  They are vegan, grain free and paleo so they span a myriad of diets.  What I love most though is how simple they are to make.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

EQUIPMENT

Double boiler or 2 pots of equal size

Cupcake liners

A 1 dozen muffin tin

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

INGREDIENTS

2 cups organic cocoa butter

Pinch of sea salt

2 tsp peppermint extract

1 cup unsweetened shredded organic coconut flakes

3 tbs organic real maple syrup

5 to 6 of your favorite dark chocolate bars chopped into pieces for melting (I used 85% Green & Blacks chocolate but but you can use whatever you like)

METHOD

Take your muffin tin and line all dozen with the cupcake liners.  Set aside briefly.

Take a double boiler or two pots of the same size.  Place water in the pot that will be on the bottom, then place the other pot on top.  Add all of the dark chocolate bars and place your stove top to medium heat.  Once the chocolate bars are melted use a spatula and pour a small portion into the bottom of each muffin tin (approx. 1/4 inch).

Once you have poured chocolate in all of the muffin tins set aside briefly.   Use a spatula now to pour the rest of the chocolate into a bowl and set aside briefly.  Wash your double boiler and then set back up once again.  Add the cocoa butter and place heat on your stove top to medium.  The cocoa butter will begin to melt slowly.  As it is melting, add a pinch of sea salt and the peppermint extract.  Once it is fully melted add the coconut flakes and use the spatula to combine.  Take the cocoa butter mixture and using your spatula evenly add to each of the muffin tins over the dark chocolate till all of them are filled.  Place your muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes so the cocoa butter layer can set up like the below photo.

Now take the rest of the melted chocolate and pour evenly into each muffin tin over the cooled cocoa butter mixture so that essentially the cocoa butter layer is the middle layer.  Sprinkle a touch of sea salt over each one (optional) and then place in the freezer for 3o minutes till they are nice and firm.  Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator or freezer (your preference)  for up to 8-9 days.  Enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate Raspeberry Chia Tart

 

DARK CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CHIA TART

I made a chocolate chia pudding awhile ago that my husband freaked out over and it got me thinking how I could evolve that recipe into a delicious tart.  This will not disappoint!!  This is for all those dark chocolate lovers out there and the raspberries just fancied it up in this beautiful way and added a lovely sweetness to the tart.  This is really easy to make actually and just requires a few simple steps.  It holds very well in the refrigerator for at least 5-6 days and I think it screams holiday!  It would actually be a perfect addition to any party for those seeking a healthier option for dessert!  This tart is actually full of protein too from the chia and collagen from the vital proteins.  This could easily be adapted to be vegan too if you had a vegan collagen substitution (I personally do not know of one) but you need something to help the dark chocolate chia pudding to set up which is what the collagen helps do.  Also, if you do not have a tart pan do not worry, simply use a brownie pan.

No matter whether you use a tart pan or a brownie pan, if you’ve followed my recipes for awhile you know that I feel the most important part is the gathering.  Food can be such a beautiful way we extend our love for one another so my hope is that you make this and enjoy it with someone who is dear to your heart.  Chef’s note: please scroll down on the recipe so you have all the ingredients as I broke the ingredients and method into steps so the recipe would be easier to follow.

EQUIPMENT

Tart pan or brownie pan

Double boiler or 2 sauce pans

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

Parchment paper

Food processor

INGREDIENTS – STEP ONE

For Crust:

1 cup of raw or roasted unsalted almonds

2 packages of gluten free oatmeal’s or 3/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup unsweetned cocoa powder 

2 tbs unrefined coconut oil

5 large medjool dates 

Pinch of sea salt 

1 tsp real vanilla extract

1/8 cup filtered water 

METHOD

Cut your parchment paper into a circle the size of your tart pan or a rectangle for the size of your brownie pan.  Then set the tart pan aside briefly.  Take your food processor and add almonds, oatmeal, cocoa powder, coconut oil, medjool dates, sea salt and vanilla extract.   Pulse until it begins to form into a nice dough.  Then add water and pulse till ingredients are fully combined and it forms a nice dough that sticks together.  Once fully combined, take the dough and use your hands to press the dough evenly throughout the tart pan.

INGREDIENTS – STEP TWO 

For Chocolate Chia Center:

2- 3.5 oz dark chocolate 70% or higher 85% (I used green & blacks 70%)

1 can full fat coconut milk

2 tbs real maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract 

1/2 cup chia seeds 

2 scoops of collagen peptides @vitalproteins

METHOD

Take a double boiler or two pots placed inside of each other. Fill the bottom pot with water then place the other pot on top. Add the chocolate and break into pieces.  Place the heat on your stove top to medium and let the chocolate melt. Once the chocolate is melted remove the bottom pot that had water in it and place to the side.  Now take your pot with the melted chocolate and add the coconut milk then place back on the burner placing the heat on your stove top to medium. Use a fork or whisk to combine the melted chocolate with the coconut milk.  Once fully combined, now add maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla extract, chia seeds and collagen peptides.  Use a spatula to fully combine all the ingredients and scrape the sides of the pot and continue to cook on the stove for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat then pour immediately over the crust.  Now top with fresh raspberries.  Chill in the refrigerator or rest at room temperature for 2 hours till the chocolate center firms up.  I highly recommend storing it in the refrigerator though as it really gives it this wonderful texture that reminds me of a delicious chocolate truffle.

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link.  It makes a great holiday gift too!!!

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Seasonal Holiday Chocolate Bark

SEASONAL HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE BARK

Call me crazy, but this is my favorite time of year.  I absolutely love the holiday season.  The smells, the lights, the Christmas tree, the wild and excited kiddos.  I know one day they will not be this age and so I really try to cherish each year that we still have where they are so ever present in the magic of the holidays.  We have certain traditions, certain foods that we come back to year after year and this holiday bark is one of them.  It makes the most fabulous gift and is so easy to do too!  It is especially fun to do with kiddos and the options are honestly endless.  You can use whatever chocolate you like (milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate) and add whatever nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, crushed candy canes for peppermint bark!  You can go super gourmet such as black pepper, dried apricots and lemon zest or pistachio, sea salt with dried cherries just to name a few!

It is really hard to mess this recipe up not to mention everyone who receives it will absolutely love it.  People really appreciate homemade gifts because you’ve made them with your own hands.  You took the time to slow down a bit and make something from the heart.  I think there the best gifts anyway.  Most importantly though, I really believe the holidays are about finding ways to gather and connect.  Food and the traditions around food and the holidays can be such a beautiful way to bring people together.  If this recipe can do just that, then I’ve done my job.

 

EQUIPMENT:

Double boiler or pots of equal size

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Rubber spatula

Parchment paper

9 by 13 inch brownie or cake pan

Large sharp knife

INGREDIENTS:

5-6 3.5 oz Chocolate Bars (I like Green & Blacks 70% & 85% dark chocolate bars) broken into pieces

1 tbs unrefined coconut oil

2 tsp sea salt

1 cup dried and sweetened cranberreis

1 cup roasted almonds

1/2 pistachios

METHOD:

First take your brownie or cake pan and line it with parchment paper, then set it aside.  Take a double boiler or pots of equal size and place water in the bottom pot, then place the other pot directly on top.  Add the pieces of chocolate along with the coconut oil and place your stove top to medium heat.  As chocolate begins to melt, reduce the heat to low.  Once the chocolate is completely melted,  use your rubber spatula to pour the melted chocolate into your parchment lined pan making sure the chocolate is evenly distributed.  Sprinkle the chocolate with the sea salt evenly then follow with the dried cranberries, almonds and pistachios or whatever you are adding to your bark.  I like to let my chocolate set up overnight but you can quicken the process by placing your chocolate in the freezer for 1-2 hours till it becomes firm (just watch it closely so it does not freeze).  Once firm, remove the chocolate with the parchment paper out of the pan.  Take a sharp knife and cut the chocolate bark into “bark like” pieces.  Once all the chocolate has been cut, you can store the bark in an airtight glass container such as a Pyrex.  It will keep well for at least 7-10 days at room temperature or you can store it in the refrigerator.   Assemble them when your ready into gifts by placing two to three pieces of bark in a clear cookie bag, then tie with a pretty ribbon.  They make the most lovely gifts!

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link.  It makes a great holiday gift too!!!

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

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