Cooking vegan chocolate recipes has been one of the most amazing discoveries I’ve made since I became vegan. After growing up as a chocolate addict, my senses knew nothing more than milk chocolate, so it became quite a challenge for me to discover the “dark chocolate” side. But I did, and now a days I love that unique flavor of real cacao chocolates, yet I have managed to cook some recipes that deliver that amazing chocolate taste we all experience as kids, avoiding animal ingredients or its derivates. Somehow even though I know they are sweets, and should be eaten as any other treat within a balanced diet, these desserts end up being more healthy than their original versions. No eggs, no dairy’s, no refined sugar, no butter. Give them a try and you might start sharing healthier options with the whole family!
This time I wanna make a small note about dates. Many of the recipes I prepare, replace refined sugar with dates or agave syrup. So, what is the benefit after all? If you just put side by side the nutritional content of dates vs sugar you will find something as simple as a table that has no value at all, just calories for being pure sugar, and a table that even though some values may be low, it provides micronutrients that go from iron, to potassium, including other great features as fiber. Check it out:
|Nutritional Information||Nutritional Information|
|Serving Size 1 ounce (28g)||Serving Size 1 ounce (28g)|
|Calories 108||Calories 78|
|Calories from Fat||0||Calories from Fat||0|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%||Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Saturated 0 g||0%||Saturated 0 g||0%|
|Colesterol 0 mg||0%||Colesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%||Sodium 0.3 mg||0%|
|Potasium 0 mg||0%||Potasium 195 mg||6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28g||9%||Total Carbohydrate 21 g||7%|
|Fiber 0 g||0%||Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Sugars 28 g||Sugars 19 g|
|Protein 0 g||Protein 0 g|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin A||1%|
|Vitamin C||0%||Vitamin C||0%|
|Vitamina D||0%||Vitamina D||0%|
|Vitamin E||0%||Vitamin E||0%|
Now you can explain your loved one why you use dates instead of sugar 😉
So the recipe goes like this: (Thanks to Solveig Berg Vollan for sharing this amazing recipe)
Double Chocolate Vegan Muffins (Serves about 12)
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk (or almond either one works)
- 1 1/2 cup dates pitted
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour (if you don’t have any feel free to use traditional flour)
- 3/4 cup wheat flour
- 1/4 cup coconut cream/oil (the original recipe calls for coconut cream, you find the coconut cream in many supermarkets, just make sure you use ONLY the upper part of the can when you open it, we need just the cream. If you find this too hard to find, use Coconut or Almond Butter. In my case I did find all of them difficult to find so I made a change and used coconut oil which is kind of a butter at room temperature because it becomes solid, so give it a try it works perfect as well.)
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 tsp maldon salt
- 1 cup chopped vegan chocolate chips (many wonder where I get them, and even though I don’t like giving away specific brands I know finding vegan chocolate can be difficult. I manage to get ghirardelli dark chocolate chips which are completely vegan)
1. In a food processor or blender, add the coconut cream (or oil), dates, vainilla essence and ONLY 1 cup of almond/soy milk. Mix until you have a smooth mix with no crumbles. Watch out for the dates since they do tend to leave big chunks.
2. In a bowl mix the dry ingredients. Flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Preheat the oven 190 degrees Celsius (or 375 degrees F)
3. Mix the wet mix with the dry mix. Incorporate slowly the remaining half cup of milk while continuously stirring. Add the vegan chocolate chips BUT save 3 tablespoons at least to sprinkle above each muffin before cooking.
4. Add the mix into muffin pans, or individual cups and sprinkle the chips on top. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Time may vary depending on the altitude where you live. My recipes tend to take much more time since I live in high altitudes.
Let us know how they come out for you and your loved ones!
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