RE: Snacking Foods
Posted Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM
BUGSMOM - can you share your chocolate pudding and dark chocolate recipes with us please?
Chocolate candy (found somewhere online, I didn't invent it but can't properly cite the originator)
equal parts coconut oil and raw cocoa powder
half as much maple syrup (or honey, but that's not vegan)
a splash of vanilla
pinch of salt
Melt coconut oil over low heat. When melted, remove from heat and whisk in the other ingredients. Pour onto parchment lined baking pan (you want something with edges or a lip because it will be fairly liquidy)
Refrigerate - after about 20 minutes, check on it and rewhish slightly if it looks like the maple syrup is separating out
You can lay out any kind of 'mix in' on the pan and pour the chocolate over it - raisins, dried cranberries or other dried fruit, nuts, etc. You can also whisk in a little cinnamon or cayenne or whatever you like before pouring.
After about 3 hours it should be set nicely. Remove from fridge, cut into pieces and store in sealed container in the fridge - since coconut oil is liquid over 76 degrees F, you don't want to leave it sitting out most of the time (it gets kind of sticky and soft).
This is also good if you have a favorite granola bar (or granola ball) recipe - dip the bar into the mixture then set it on parchment and refrigerate. No more buying those chocolate covered granola bars at the store (with who knows what ingredients)
2 ¾ cups any kind of milk (almond, cow, coconut, etc.) divided into 2 ½ cups and ¼ cup
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life has good vegan chocolate chips)
2 tbl cocoa powder
6 tbl corn starch
¼ cup sugar (we use raw sugar for this)
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: 1 tsp cognac, brandy, rum, amaretto, etc.
Combine 2 ½ cups milk, chocolate chips and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the chips melt and it’s all well combined.
Combine corn starch, sugar, salt and mix well.
Add ¼ cup milk to corn starch mixture and stir until smooth
Pour corn starch mixture into chocolate mixture
Stir until it thickens and it looks like pudding
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (and alcohol if desired)
Divide into cups (or pour into pre-baked pie shell) and chill
We've used this as pudding cups, as pie filling and for making lovely layered parfaits (with fresh fruit in the layers, could also use a granola crumble and/or cashew crème)
Keep in mind that while both of these are vegan, neither of them are particularly low fat so they are for occasional treats - the pudding is a good one to serve to guests, they'd never know it was vegan.