Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chocolate Caramel Valentines Hearts with a Chocolate Coconut Streusel - raw vegan, Paleo option

Think raw avocado chocolate mousse, fudgy caramel, crunchy almonds and cinnamon, and a biscuity base! with No nuts!  No seeds! Low fat! Just metabolism boosting coconut! 
I don't know what I'm doing wrong but life it just out of control at the moment. I can't keep up with all the things I want and need to do. I feel like I need to start getting out of bed at 3 in the morning to get on top of it all. It's all great stuff, it's not like any of it is boring and mundane, it's just a bit overwhelming. Maybe I take on too much! Oh well, I feel it will all pay off in the end and I know I will be glad I pushed myself through it all. We have so many exciting plans for this year now that all the kids are independent. It's a really exciting time in our lives and I'm so proud of what my kids are doing and have become. 
As for these delicious little treats of heavenly chocolaty goodness, they're better late then never as they were mean't for Valentines day but I just didn't get them finished. They don't contain any nuts or seeds and they're made from nothing but good healthy ingredients. I have to be honest with you, the first three layers of these have been in the freezer since a few days before Valentines Day. I got them out a few days ago to finish them off and they really still taste amazing. I think they may even be a bit better. The bottom layer is nice and biscuity and the fudgy caramel and chocolate layers are smooth and creamy so the little crunchy streusel on the top just finishes it off perfectly. They are the perfect dessert as they are not too heavy but really satisfy that craving for something sweet and creamy. 

Chocolate Caramel Valentines Heart

Makes: 6

Ingredients:

Base:

½ cup pitted dates
½ cup dried coconut
½ cup rolled oats
4 tbs coconut sugar
¼ cup raw cacao nibs
1 tsp vanilla paste or powder

Filling 1:

½ cup coconut butter
½ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup thick coconut milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla paste or powder

Filling 2:

1 ladyfinger banana
1 ripe avocado
½ cup dates paste or ½ cup soaked dates
1 ½ tbs raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla paste or powder
½ tbs ground cinnamon

Topping:

4 tbs dried coconut
2 tbs raw cacao beans or nibs
1 tbs coconut sugar
1-2 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs coconut oil

Preparation:

Base:
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until fine and sticky then press into a silicone heart shaped muffin pan or similar. Can also be pressed into tarts shells
  2. Place in the fridge to cool and harden then loosed the bottoms before adding the fillings. (leave them in you just want to be sure that they will remove with ease so that they don’t brake)
Filling 1:
  1. Add all ingredients to high speed blender and blend until smooth then spoon evenly over the base then tap the whole lots of the bench until the mixture is evenly spread over the base. This helps to ensure that you get it level.
  2. Return to the fridge while you prepare the next filling.
Filling 2:
  1. Add all ingredients to high speed blender and blend until smooth then spoon evenly over the base then tap the whole lots of the bench until the mixture is evenly spread over the base. This helps to ensure that you get it level.
  2. Return to the fridge until it has set.
Topping:
  1. Add all ingredients minus 1 tbs maple syrup to a blender and blend until fine. It will need to be loose but a little bit sticky so that when it cools it will set on the top and not fall of.  If it seems to be too dry add the other tbs of maple syrup.
  2. Remove the hearts from the mould then arrange on a serving plate
  3. Gently pile the mixture on top of the heart making sure to create an even coverage with a bit more in the middle.
  4. Return to the fridge to set then serve.
NOTE:

To make this suitable for a paleo diet substitute the oats in the base for almonds and the oats in filling 1 for raw cashews.

Enjoy!






2 comments:

  1. What!? You mean I can have dessert and it can be healthy. You have definitely created some magic on these because nothing about these look healthy. . .but they are. Cannot wait to whip these up in my kitchen.

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    1. You most certainly can Lynn... :-) and unlike most healthy desserts these are also low in fat but have enough healthy fat to fire up your metabolism so go ahead and enjoy! We devoured this batch.

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