dark chocolate 85 grams 2 packs bain-marie
tofu (silken) teatoowl, get rid of moisture
1 tbs dark rum
2 tsp vanilla paste
pinch of salt
160 grams maple syrup
1 pinch chili flakes
GINGER PEAR BASE
3 large ripe pears, peeled, cored, and rough chopped
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 tsp chia seeds
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (granulated)
4 dates, coarsely chopped
Chop the chocolate into small chunks. Melt in the microwave or using a double boiler. In a blender, combine the almond milk and dates. Blend on high until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and blend again until combined. Pour into small bowls or jars. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours until set.
Top with cacao nibs or chocolate chips. Enjoy! Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
GINGER PEAR BASE
Place all ingredients, except chia seeds and pineapple juice, into a small sauce pan. Bring to a light boil on medium heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and let cool for 15-20 mins.
Blend pineapple juice and chia seeds in a high power blender. Add the cooled pear mixture to the blender. Blend until smooth. If consistency is too runny let sit for 1-2 hours, it should naturally thicken.
Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until walnut pieces are a good crumble size.
Health benefits of chocolate
Yes, you read that correctly! There are some amazing health benefits to Chocolate, but not the kind you buy at the checkout of 711. Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease [Reference].
All the layers
With chocolate being the big focal point of this recipe, it's easy to forget the other superfoods included in this treat. At the top there are Walnuts which are rich in Omega 3's. Omega 3's are crucial for fighting anxiety, depression, and overall brain health.
In the base of this desert there's Chia seeds. Chia seeds are a great binding agent in Vegan deserts, but they're also packed full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
What I'm trying to say is that, indulge, enjoy this desert because it's good for your health! In moderation of course.