Facebook can get me in all kinds of trouble. DD posted a link to a perfectly sinful-looking dessert. From there, you click on another link that takes you to The Laidback Vegan’s recipe. I was distressed when I read it. I had all the ingredients and it was whispering in a loud voice (is that possible?), “Make me! Make me!”
I got everything out and decided to go with the raw version using raw cacao. I won’t bore you with displaying everything that went into it. The original post only shows the finished product umpteen times.
Here’s the pudding/mousse in the blender:
It makes for a very thick mixture with the cacao powder. I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be quite so thick with the melted chocolate. Then, again, it might be thicker because of more fat solids.
Of course, I had to sample it:
DD tells me “food displays better on a solid white dish”. Well, this one has sentimental value. Not so long ago when she was in grade school, the teacher had an incentive plan. She paid the students for good performance. They earned “funny money” which could be spent at the teacher’s little “store”. DD bought this plate and another one and brought them home to me—so you see why I like to use it.
Besides the sample on the plate (and the bit left in the blender I had to eat), I filled a two cup container and put it in the fridge for later.
The sample was a bit on the very un-sweet side so I had to correct for that. Dark chocolate almost always has some kind of sugar added but cacao powder doesn’t. Here’s my version:
2 large avocados, pitted, flesh scooped out (I didn’t have two large ones so I used 2.5 smaller ones)
1/2 to 3/4 cup plus maple syrup (or other sweetener of your choice)
1/2 cup raw cocoa/cacao powder
3 T raw unrefined coconut oil
1/2 t balsamic (I had two different kinds so I used the one I could get open)
1/2 t. Bragg Liquid Aminos
Pinch kala namak
1 t cinnamon (or to taste)
1 t vanilla extract
Put all ingredients into the blender container. Blend until very smooth scraping down the mixture occasionally.
Serve immediately as pudding and refrigerate the rest.
Makes four 1/2 cup servings plus some for the cook.
I have an idea that some sweetened whipped coconut cream would be wonderful with this. Of course, it would also add to the considerable calorie count.
For those who don’t indulge in chocolate, I’m sure carob would work in this.
Now, for my unbiased opinion of the dessert—it needs something but I’m not sure what. To quote the esteemed chefs I’ve been watching, “It doesn’t have depth of flavor. It’s one note.” Maybe some vanilla would help? Cinnamon? I’ll mix one or the other or maybe both into my next serving and see what happens.
The addition of more maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla did the trick!
Back during DD’s days in grade school, she made a little cookbook. After one of her personally crafted recipes, she wrote, “Eat and get fat.” Enjoy!