Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

(version française plus bas!)

In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!


Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés

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Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!

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C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!

Popcorn Bark \\\ Croquant au maïs soufflé

(Version française plus bas!)

I know we probably all went overboard on chocolate during the holidays, but, what can I say, I’m just addicted! I also wanted to make something portable that my boyfriend could take with him to work as a snack or an afternoon pick-me-up. This is really simple to prepare, you can personalize it, and it’s really yummy!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut syrup
  • 4 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Toppings:

  • sesame seeds
  • raisins
  • coconut flakes
  • dried fruits

Here is what you do:

  1. Line a baking tray with some foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place the coconut syrup in a small saucepan on medium heat and let reduce. You know it’s ready when you can see the bottom of the pan for a few seconds after you drag a spatula at the bottom (the liquid is slow to fill up the space left by the spatula). This takes around 10 minutes.
  3. Place the popcorn on the baking tray and pour the coconut syrup on top. Using your spatula, mix the syrup so that all the popcorn is well coated. Pat it down to make it stick together as a big block and smooth the top to make it as flat as possible.
  4. Melt the chocolate in your microwave or in a bain-marie (I use a big bowl that I fill up with boiling water and place a smaller bowl into it with the chocolate). Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and spread it in an even layer.
  5. Sprinkle your toppings on top of the chocolate while it is still melted. Once you have everything you like stuck to the chocolate, place the baking tray in your fridge for 1 hour until your chocolate is solid again.
  6. Cut in small chunks and keep this in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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I love this because the texture of the popcorn is amazing! This would make a great snack if you are planning on a movie marathon, but I like the idea of having a small chunk as an afternoon snack. It’s also great because you can personalize it with any topping that you like. Let me know if you try this out!


Je sais que nous avons probablement tous abusé du chocolat pendant le temps de fêtes, mais je dois avouer que je suis vraiment accro! J’avais aussi envie de préparer une collation que mon copain pourrait apporter avec lui au travail pour pouvoir avoir un petit boost d’énergie en après-midi. Cette recette est vraiment facile à préparer, vous pouvez la personaliser et c’est vraiment délicieux!

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1/2 tasse de sirop de coco
  • 4 tasses de maïs soufflé
  • 1 tasse de pépites de chocolat

Garnitures:

  • graines de sésame
  • raisins secs
  • noix de coco râpée
  • fruits secs

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Recouvrir une plaque à biscuit avec du papier d’aluminium ou parchemin.
  2. Placer le sirop de coco dans une petite casserole à feu moyen et laisser réduire. Vous saurez que c’est prêt lorsque la ligne tracée par une spatule prend du temps à se refermer (le sirop est épais et se déplace lentement pour recouvrir le fond de la casserole). Cela prend environs 10 minutes.
  3. Placer le maïs soufflé sur la plaque à biscuit et y verser le sirop. Mélanger le tout à l’aide d’une spatule pour que chaque morceau soit bien recouvert. Presser le maïs pour former un rectangle homogène et plat qui se tienne.
  4. Faire fondre le chocolat au micro-onde ou au bain-marie. Verser le chocolat sur le maïs et l’étaler pour former une couche uniforme.
  5. Ajouter vos garnitures sur le chocolat. Placer votre plaque à biscuit dans le frigo pendant 1 heure pour aider le chocolat à solidifier.
  6. Découper en petits morceaux et garder dans un contenant hermétique. Savourez!

J’adore cette collation car le maïs soufflé apporte vraiment une texture incroyable. Ça ferait également une très bonne collation si vous prévoyez une soirée cinéma, mais j’aime l’idée d’en apporter quelques morceaux à grignoter en après-midi. C’est aussi chouette de pouvoir personaliser les garnitures selon mes envies! Dites-moi si vous essayez cette recette!

Protein-packed Brownies \\ Brownies Protéinés

I love chocolate. I could live off of chocolate… probably. One of my favourite thing to do is add cocoa powder to my morning oatmeal. It feels like a treat, while still being healthy and delicious. Now these brownies are the same way! They are delicious but so guilt-free: oil-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and full of protein! Yum!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I used quick oats, but rolled work too)
  • 1 can of black or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 dates, pitted and soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any other plant milk)
  • 2 heaping tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • optional: chocolate chips

Here is what you do:

  1. Process the oats in your food processor until you have a fine flour. Set it aside.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in your food processor and process until everything is well combined. Mix in the flour and chocolate chips if you are using them.
  3. Place your brownie mix in a lined or non-stick pan and bake in a pre-heated oven set on 350F (180C) for 20 minutes. Poke a skewer in the middle: if it comes out clean, your brownies are ready! Serve warm, and keep in the fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

These are so great! They really fill you up so they are a great alternative for breakfast if you’re feeling that way, or make for a perfect snack on the go. Plus, they are so chocolaty! Let me know if you make some!

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Parce que le chocolat c’est une des meilleures choses de la vie, voici une recette de brownies pleins de protéines à manger sans modération (ou presque) puisqu’ils sont sans sucre, sans huile et sans gluten. Oh oui!

  • 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine (j’ai utilisé des flocons rapides, mais l’avoine à l’ancienne fonctionne aussi)
  • 1 conserve de haricots noirs ou rouges, rincés
  • 10 dates, dénoyautées et trempées dans de l’eau pour au moins 1 heure
  • 1/2 cup lait d’amandes (ou un autre lait végétal)
  • 2 c. à soupe bombées de poudre de cacao
  • 1/2 c. à café d’extrait de vanille
  • 1/2 c. à café de poudre à pâte
  • optionel: pépites de chocolat
  1. Placer les flocons d’avoine dans votre robot culinaire et broyer jusqu’à l’obtention d’une farine fine. Réserver.
  2. Mettre le reste des ingrédients dans le robot, et mélanger jusqu’à ce que tout soit bien incorporé. Ajouter la farine et les pépites de chocolat et mélanger.
  3. Placer le tout dans un moule recouvert de papier sulfurisé ou anti-adhésif et placer dans un four pré-chauffé à 350F (180C) pour 20 minutes. Tester à l’aide d’un cure-dent: si le cure-dent ressort propre du brownie, c’est prêt! Sinon, laisser encore quelques minutes. Servir chaud et garder au frigo dans une boîte hermétique. Savourez!

 

Protein-Packed Chocolate Fudge & Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I contacted Manitoba Harvest to know if they would be interested in organizing a giveaway with me, and they were! I have to say I have been a fan of their hemp hearts for a while. These little seeds are packed with protein and have a very mild flavour. This means you can pretty much add them to everything! Mix them up with some nuts and you have a wonderful pie crust, add them to your smoothies for an extra kick, or sprinkle them on salads and soups. I also add them to my overnight oats to add protein. Yum!

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I really love this particular brand of hemps seeds because they are Canadian, always super fresh and particularly tender. This makes the seeds very easy to add to any dish that I might be making.

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Today, I wanted to create something that was really hemp seed central. If you like fudge, this is the recipe for you! It’s super creamy, rich and chocolaty, without the guilt. It also takes 5 minutes to prepare. What else is there to ask for? Receiving a free bag of hemp hearts perhaps? I got you covered. Read on to find out how you can win one!

Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar (I used coconut sugar that I processed)
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs coconut oil

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, process the hemp seeds with the sugar and coconut oil until you have a thick butter consistency. Scrape down the sides often to make sure everything is smooth. This should take about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the cocoa powder and process until completely incorporated. The consistency should be thick.
  3. With clean hands, roll 1 tsp of the dough at a time to form fudge balls. You can also spread the dough in a pan and make fudge squares if you prefer. Keep in the fridge in an air-tight container, and try not to eat them all at once! Enjoy!

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This is seriously easy while being seriously delicious! And nutritious too! Hemp hearts are packed with protein, healthy omegas and a good source of many essential minerals. Seriously, these little things are incredible! You should check them out and add them your pantry essentials.

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Now for the serious stuff! If you want to win your own bag of hemp hearts and make these delicious fudge balls, here is what you need to do:

  1. Make sure you live in Canada or in the US.
  2. Make sure your address is not a P.O. box.
  3. Like my Facebook page and follow my blog.
  4. Comment below what you would do with these hemp hearts or what is your go-to recipe if you already love hemp hearts.

I will pick the winner next Thursday and announce it on Facebook, so make sure you check that out! I will also send an email to the winner, so make sure I can reach you. I’m really excited by this as it is the first giveaway I’m organizing, and the prize is so fun! So participate, and eat your hemp seeds!

 

Simple Chocolate Pudding

Lately, I’ve been juggling with the idea that desserts can be packed with proteins too. Why not, right? Here is an easy way to add protein to your meal, as well as chocolate! But, it’s all for the sake of nutrition, of course… Not quite. This is creamy, delicious and takes 2 minutes to prepare.

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Here is what you need for one portion:

  • 150g silky tofu
  • 1-3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • coconut flakes to garnish

Here is what you do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in your food processor or blender, and mix until everything is smooth.
  2. Garnish with some coconut flakes and enjoy!

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That’s it! It’s seriously ridiculously easy to prepare this, and it’s so good! The texture of this pudding is creamy without being heavy, while also being fresh and fat-free. It’s also a great addition to any lunch. Finally, you can pretty much add anything on top to make it even more delicious. I’m thinking frozen raspberries would be great here. Let me know if you try it out!

Mini Chocolate-Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yesterday I attempted aquafaba macarons again. Now, I have experimented with these multiple times, but there’s always something wrong: they melt in the oven, they are hollow, they taste weird, the meringue does not get stiff… But, I keep on trying! Well, the batch I made yesterday is the best so far. Chewy and tender, they don’t have feet, but at least, they did not melt! I’ll consider this one a success!

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As it is supposed to reach 40C today, I really didn’t feel like making a creamy filling. So I went with raspberry quick ice cream. Basically just frozen raspberry, this filling was a great addition to my chocolate cookies. It is tart and fresh and goes really well with the chewy and sweet chocolate!

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Oh, you might be wondering what aquafaba is. Well, it’s the liquid that’s left after you have cooked beans, or the liquid you usually drain out when using canned beans. You might have noticed that this liquid is sticky and egg-like. Well, it can replace eggs in many recipe, including when making meringue! Extraordinary! What I usually do is keep this liquid in my freezer and just take it out when I feel like using it.

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Here is what you need:

  • 200 mL aquafaba (about the amount you can find in one can of beans; I used the liquid from kidney beans.)
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar.
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds
  • splash of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbs maple syrup

Here is what you do:

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the aquafaba to a simmer and let reduce until you have about 100mL (a little less than 1/2 cup). Remove from the heat and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pour the aquafaba in a large mixing bowl and use your electric mixer to whisk up until you have stiff peaks. This will take anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes, so hang in there!
  3. Once the meringue is thick, add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to help it stay stiff. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk a little bit more, until the liquid is all mixed in.
  4. Put the sugar, ground almonds and cocoa powder in a sieve and add that little by little to the meringue. Fold in the meringue using a spatula. Be gentle with the meringue: you don’t want all the air to leave, but you want all the dry ingredients to be well mixed in.
  5. Using a piping bag, pipe a dime size amount of batter on a line cookie sheet. Keep the bag perpendicular with the cookie sheet to have round cookies. Or go crazy!
  6. Preheat your oven to 250F and place the cookie sheet on the top rack. Bake for 30 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN! After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let sit the cookie sheet in the oven for 30 more minutes without peeking.
  7. Take out the cookies and let cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet. Set aside.
  8. For the ice cream, place the frozen raspberry and maple syrup in your food processor or blender, and blend until smooth.
  9. Scoop some raspberry ice cream on one cookie bottom and top off with another cookie to make super cute miniature ice cream sandwiches! Place in the freezer to set and enjoy!

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I have to say that the no-peeking-in-the-oven is really hard for me because our oven does not have a window: it’s always a complete surprise! I was really happy to see that these little cookies were nice and not puddle-like!

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I love that they are bite size because they make for the perfect no-mess ice cream sandwiches. And, they are adorable! Let me know if you try them out!

 

 

Dark Chocolate Sorbet

In the winter, I love making myself a thick dark hot chocolate with a nice foam on top. There is something incomparable to being nested in a thick blanket with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. However, when it’s 35C outside, the last thing you want to do is bundle up. Well, this is the summer version of my hot chocolate, and it’s amazing!

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Because of the alcohol, the texture is soft and light. Rum is a great choice for this recipe as the rich taste makes a superb combination with the dark chocolate. I used a raw cocoa powder because I wanted an intense chocolate taste: it worked! No matter what type of cocoa powder you use, make sure it is unsweetened and high quality as your ice cream will only be as good as your chocolate. I also found vegan dark chocolate chips. Don’t doubt that I was dancing in the grocery store when I found this!

Here is what you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (make sure they are vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup rum or cognac (this is optional and can be replaced with a strongly brewed coffee. Keep in mind that the alcohol will help make the sorbet more scoopable. You can use any strong alcohol you like.)

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large sauce pan, place 1 1/2 cups of water with the sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Set on medium heat and whisk until the liquid comes to a boil. Don’t put on high heat as you don’t want the cocoa to burn. Once boiling, remove from the heat.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until completely melted.
  3. Add the remaining cup of water, vanilla extract, and alcohol. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Place in a container in your fridge until completely chilled.
  5. Place your liquid in your ice cream maker, and churn according to your machine’s instructions for about 30 minutes or until thick. Chill in an air-tight container for a few more hours until completely frozen. Enjoy!

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If you like chocolate, you must try this out! Let me know if you do!

Chocolate- Raspberry Tart

For part two of my pie adventure, I made a shiny and smooth chocolate ganache that I covered with fresh raspberries and pear sauce. Perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness and tartness: this tart is a real treat!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 pie crust
  • 250g dark chocolate chips (check to make sure they are vegan)
  • 25 ml (1 cup) of almond milk
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 cups raspberry
  • 1 very ripe pear

Here is what you do:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the milk on medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, place your corn starch. Once  warm, take a few tablespoons of milk and dilute the corn starch.
  3. Remove the milk from the heat, and whisk in the corn starch mixture. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl and pour over the warm milk. Mix quickly with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Pour the chocolate ganache in your pie crust. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
  6. If you want to add a touch of sweetness to your tart, peel a very ripe pear and place the flesh in your blender. Blend until you obtain a nice sauce that you can pour over your tart.
  7. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Enjoy!

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This tart is pure pleasure! Sweet, sour, smooth and crumbly; there is something for everyone! Using dark chocolate will ensure that your tart is not too sweet.

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This would also be very cute if prepared in individual tartelettes. Yum! Let me know if you try it out!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries, from scratch

I love chocolate covered strawberries because they are easy to prepare, always look impressive and are perfect for warm weather. I was craving these, but unfortunately, I didn’t have any chocolate in the house. I did however have some cocoa powder and some cocoa butter (go figure!). So, let’s make some chocolate from scratch!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter (I usually buy this as a big solid chunk. I cut it up in smaller bits to measure.)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (adjust until sweet to your taste)
  • dash of salt
  • 12 big strawberries, washed and dry (it is important that they are dry: the chocolate will not adhere to wet strawberries)
  • Optional (to decorate): coconut flakes, colored sugar, matcha powder, powdered nuts

Here is what you do:

  1. In a small sauce pan, put all the ingredients and heat up on medium heat.
  2. Mix with a spoon or spatula to help the ingredients combine until you have a smooth and shiny chocolate sauce.
  3. Carefully, transfer the sauce to a deep container. It must be large enough for you to dip your strawberries in.
  4. Prepare your serving plate by cutting parchment paper to cover it. Prepare your decorations as well.
  5. Dip each strawberry in the chocolate and let the excess drip off. Place on your lined plate and sprinkle your decorations on before the chocolate sets. Repeat until all the strawberries are well covered in chocolate. You can use a spoon to spread it evenly. Place your strawberries in the fridge to help the chocolate set and take them out just before serving. Enjoy!

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This recipe is really great if you don’t know what to bring over for a dinner or pot luck. They are easy to make, you can personalize them and they are sure to please everyone! It’s also great to make your own chocolate sauce because you can adjust the sweetness level as well as add any extra ingredients. Let your imagination go crazy, and let me know what you put on your strawberries!

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Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

When I received my ice-cream maker for my birthday a few weeks ago, I just wanted to put everything aside and make chocolate ice cream. Well, tonight I did. Never mind that I’m completely swamped in grading (you can only see a tiny clear square of my desk at school, and that’s usually where my forehead rests when my brain can’t process any more corrections), chocolate ice cream is happening tonight!

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Soak the walnuts overnight.
  2. Drain the nuts and place them in your food processor. Add the dates, 1 cup almond milk, cacao powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Process and add the remaining cup of milk little by little until you reach the right consistency.
  3. Process until you get a smooth paste. Remove from the processor and place your mix in an air-tight container in the fridge for one hour. This will help your ice-cream maker.
  4. Transfer your mix into the bowl of your ice-cream maker and churn for 30 minutes or according to your machine’s instructions. Place in an air-tight container in the freezer and enjoy!

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This recipe is very simple and yields the most unctuous of chocolate ice creams. The texture is smooth, the flavours are rich and the consistency is thick and satisfying. Not too sweet, it is sure to satisfy all of your chocolate cravings. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have to control yourself not to eat the whole batch at once!

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Let me know if you try it out, and what ice cream flavours I should try out!