Christmas is just around the corner. If you love chocolate as much as we do, then you’ll love this Christmas themed treat. I serve it with a platter of other goodies but you can serve it alone. I’ll also be giving away little bags as presents for my kids’ teachers. If you can resist eating it, you could wrap the pieces up for your tree decorations.
I use 90% cocoa dark chocolate drops as its not too sweet, but you can use whatever you like. The cranberries add a chewy sweetness and the raspberry powder gives a sharp, sweet pop which you’ll love.
This recipe makes enough to line a 9 by 9 inch square pan. It comes out quite thin, so if you want thick chunks, simply double or triple the amount of chocolate you use!
1 cup dark chocolate drops
2 tbsp almond milk
1/4 cup cranberries
1/8 cup pistachios, crushed
1 tsp Fresh As Raspberry powder
Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil, with a bigger bowl on top
Line your rectangular tray
Add the chocolate and milk to the bowl and stir occasionally until melted. If the chocolate is too thick, add a little more milk
Once melted, pour the chocolate into your lined pan. Sprinkle over the cranberries, pistachios, then the raspberry powder
Place the tin into the freezer for 20 mins until the chocolate is solid again
Once solid, remove the paper from the tin and roughly chop the slab into pieces
The slab will keep in an air tight container for a few weeks, but it won’t last that long!
I love sundays. We always have a family outing in the mornings; today was spent at the beach. While the toddlers slept this afternoon, I got to cooking. It was a mega cook up for next week’s lunches.
1. crispy baked chick peas. They marinated for 2 days in braggs liquid seasoning, pure maple syrup and liquid smoke. They are so delicious, I had to force myself not to eat them all.
2. Brocolli and spinach tots. I used chickpea flour instead of breadcrumbs and they turned out absolutely delicious!
3. Blueberry and apple chia jam. I added the chia seeds after I had blended the fruit. It sets in the fridge and is good to eat after 30 minutes. It’s the easiest jam I’ve ever made!
4. Spelt flour and raisin scones. With only 4 ingredients, these scones only took 5 minutes to make and cook in 10! They’re lovely with the jam.
5. Date and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I use buckwheat flour for these cookies, as it creates an amazing texture alongside the peanut butter. I use just enough flour to hold everything together. They melt in your mouth.
6. Date, almond and oat cookies with vanilla are a favourite.
7. Potato curry balls coated in buckwheat flour and breadcrumbs.
8. Dinner was the potato curry mix as patties with rice and veggies.
I’ll only need to add veggies and fruit to the lunchboxes now which will make life much easier.
If you’d like any of these recipes, look out for my next lunchbox workshop!
I’ll keep this brief as I know you just want the recipe!
A few things to remember.
* it is plant based so there is no added oil, no dairy, no refined sugar and no refined flours
* it won’t taste exactly like the one filled with the above ingredients; it’s better!
The recipe makes around 20 smallish slices, depending on how big you cut them.
Store them in the fridge for as long as they’ll last…around 4 days in our house.
2.5 cups dates, soaked for at least 2 hours in boiling water (the longer you soak the dates, the easier it’ll be to process them)
3 tbsp of the date water
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
3 tbsp organic smooth peanut butter (use one which is made with only peanuts and no added salt or sugar)
3 cups organic rolled oats
200g quality dark chocolate (I use Whittakers 70% cocoa dark Ghana)
3tbsp plant milk
Preheat your oven to 180°
Line a large rectangular baking tray with baking paper. The tray needs to be at least 4cm deep
Drain the dates reserving 1/4 cup of the water
Transfer the dates to a food processor and blend to a paste. Add a tablespoon or 2 of water if required. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times
Add the peanut butter and pure maple syrup, blend until mixed
Add the oats 1 cup at a time. Blending until mixed, in between adding each cup. Scrape the sides of the bowl if needed. If your food processor bowl is too small, transfer the mixture to a regular mixing bowl and mix by hand
Pour the mixture into your lined tray, pressing it down evenly with a metal spoon
Cook for 20 minutes
Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool
Break up the chocolate and place into a microwave safe bowl with the plant milk
Heat on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between until the chocolate is melted
Pour the chocolate onto the oat base and spread evenly
Place the tray in the fridge for at least 45 minutes (this part is torture but well worth it!)
Remove the slice from the tray by lifting the sides of the baking paper
Place onto a chopping board and slice into desired sizes
Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
* For a smoother base, blend the oats into flour before adding to the date mixture
* For a crumbly base, sub 1.5 cups of oats for almond flour
Enjoy and don’t forget to let me know if you make it x
We had spent the morning at the farmers market and museum with all the kids. We’d had a big breakfast, so didn’t need any morning tea but on the drive home I was dreaming of samosas.
I just love the mix of spicy potatoes and peas, but I don’t love the deep fried pastry. By the time we got home, I’d decided on my ingredients and how they would come together.
I’m so happy about these that I’m posting the recipe now, so you guys can also experience the yummy potato goodness. Feel free to play with the spices to suit your taste.
We loved the cardamom as it added a sweet element which balanced well with the spice. I don’t add salt in our cooking, but feel free to add some if you wish. You could use some miso paste for that salty taste, but the nutritional yeast is enough for us.
We ate half of the batch pretty much as soon as they were cool enough! They would be better once cooled just so the potato mixture doesn’t ooze out so much, but that part was fun!
I’ve put these rolls into hubby’s and the kids’ lunchboxes. I wouldn’t freeze them after cooking though, as the pastry will go soggy when it’s defrosted. You could however freeze the potato mixture to use later.
Recipe makes 4 rolls with some mixture left over, which I just ate!
7 medium mashing potatoes, peeled and chopped (I used the agria variety)
3/4 cup plant milk, plus extra for brushing
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 pack vegan puff pastry sheets (I used a brand called New Way from Countdown)
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Pinch of black pepper
Sesame seeds for garnish
Preheat your oven to 180°
Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or baking paper
Boil the potatoes until cooked
Remove the pastry sheets from the packet and defrost them
Meanwhile fry the onions, garlic and spices in a frying pan with 1/4 cup water on a medium/high heat until the onions are nearly cooked. As the mixture cooks and the water evaporates, you will need to add a tablespoon of water every so often so the mixture doesn’t stick
Add half a cup of water and the peas to the onion mixture. Cook for 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Take the pan off the heat
Mash the potatoes with the milk and nutritional yeast, leaving a few small lumps of potato
Add the onion and pea mixture to the potatoes and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning as required
Lay a pastry sheet on a chopping board
Spoon 1/4 of the potato mixture onto the shortest side the pastry sheet, leaving 1cm from the edge.
Using the 1cm edge of pastry, roll the pastry over the mixture carefully tucking it underneath the potato
When you reach the end of the sheet, brush the edge with plant milk to help it to stick
Place the roll onto a lined baking tray and continue with the rest of the pastry and mixture
Brush each roll with plant milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry has risen and is brown and crispy
Remove from the oven and cool in the tray until cool enough to eat!
Cool completely before storing them in an air tight container in the fridge for a week