Chocolate ganache tart

IMG_3120 I have finally made it to the last leg of my journey back to New Zealand!! I am currently sitting in the Koru Lounge in Auckland which is bliss after 2 actual days of travelling. Just had a shower and a raid of the breakfast bar and of course stealing some booze from the fridge….it’s ok it’s not actually stealing, you allowed to take it, I’m sure people would have frowned at me less if it wasn’t 7:30am but I need to get my monies worth!

I had a long stop over in Shanghai which was interesting, they do eat funny things there, lots of packets of dried fish and crabs that sit in a fridge and I assume you just munch them…shell and all. I ordered up some won ton soup which had teeny shrimps floating in it with their legs and heads on…you could even see their eyeballs, I felt like they were watching me eat, it was scary. But they did have epic fresh mango smoothies for just a $2 which gave me the ultimate brain freeze…probably a good thing as I needed perking up after no sleep.

Anyhoo what a fabulous trip home, on my last weekend I summoned the whole family, cousins, Uncles and Aunts for my pretend Christmas/birthday/my sisters birthday and bonfire night. It was awesome we had sparklers, honey and mustard sausages, and fireworks yaya for two Christmases. We didn’t actually have turkey or anything, but we did do crackers and some party poppers and drank lots of wine and had a jolly time.

For pretend Christmas I made this absolute cracker of a choccy tart. I had something similar in a new Vegan restaurant in London called Nama which was so incredible that I thought they must have sneaked cream in. After a few tests I got this coconutty, super chocolaty tartness which you could feed to everyone, and maybe don’t mention that it’s vegan as I’ve learnt that people (my sister) think your weird and gross and don’t want to eat it.

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Makes 1 normal cake tin sized cake

1 ¼ cups of ground nuts (whatever you have, I used almonds and hazelnuts)
½ cup desiccated coconut
6 dates
3 tbsp coconut oil
pinch of salt
 
Chocolate filling
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp cacao butter or coconut oil
150g dark chocolate at least 70% I use green and blacks 85%, chopped up small
2 tbsp maple syrup or any other sweetener like coconut nectar/honey

To make the base whizz the nuts up in a food processor until they are ground up small. Add the coconut, dates and whizz until the dates are combined, then add a pinch of salt and the coconut oil. Push it down into the base of your cake or tart tin, making sure its firm and smooth all over then stick in the fridge.

To make the chocolate filling, heat the coconut milk, maple syrup and cacao butter up until it bubbles then pour it over the chopped chocolate, stir it until it’s smooth then add a pinch of salt. Pour into the cake tin, sprinkle over some cacao nibs if you have some and chill in the fridge for around 2 hours until it’s set.

Raw chocolate bar with macadamia nuts and cacao nibs

www.foodfromflossie.com raw chocolateHoly deliciousness! This chocolate is spectacular…sorry for sounding quite so magically dramatic but it really is creamy and makes women go ooooooh when they eat it, fact…I’ll get back to that later on in the story!

I had a super, raw food date the other day with a friend who’s husband is on the FODMAP diet, she was keen to make some yummy treats avoiding dates and cashews which are pretty much in most raw desserts. The FODMAP diet is based around trying to cut out a group of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine which then results in them fermenting and making you have an ouchy tummy. There are too many long sciency words which I don’t understand but The Monash University are doing the research so check out their page for more info, but basically there is a slightly random list of foods you shouldn’t eat or eat in very small amounts….like dates and cashews! I am trying it out next week, so i’ll get back to you with the details and some special FODMAP friendly recipes.

We were swapping about the ingredients, substituting maple syrup for dates, and macadamia nuts for cashews and everything ended up being delicious. We made loads of cute, tiny, spiced carrot cakes and a big bar of raw chocolate and when we finished I visited some of my friends in town and fed them raw yumminess. This is when I had girlies taking bites of the chocolate and going ooooh, aaaah. End of story….now here’s the recipe so you can ooh and aaah yourself!

Makes a big square bar, same size as the width of  A4 
 
60g Cacao butter
60g Virgin coconut oil
1 cup raw cacao
4 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla bean syrup
2 tbsp macadamia nuts, chopped roughly (optional)
1 big pinch of yummy sea salt, or pink himalayan salt
1 tbsp cacao nibs to sprinkle on top (optional)
 
Toppings – Cacao nibs, gogi berries, bee pollen, dried fruit powders, coconut chips, 

In a double boiler, melt the cacao butter and the coconut oil on a low heat.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients until smooth.

Line your tin with greaseproof or baking paper. Pour the chocolate into the tin and sprinkle on top. If you have silicone mini cupcake moulds they work amazingly, beware they get stuck to non silicone tins.

RAW mint chocolate truffles

choc truffles

Are you ready for something super cool that quite possibly almost tastes like a chocolate truffle but isn’t?? I have been very unexperimental with my nutty, vegan style, sweet treats recently, but I have got back into this week with a bang.

These sumptuous goodies are inspired by a raw mint chocolate brownie I had in Copenhagen at Raw42 which was totally amazing but obviously not as good as my own little creations. These are awesome little snacks to have in your bag for hungry, sweet craving moments.

Makes 20 balls

I cup of pitted dates (if dried soak them first)
1 cup almonds
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 small thumb sized piece of banana
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp peppermint essence

Put the almonds and the dessicated coconut into the magimix and blend until finely ground. Add the cacao powder, nibs, and salt and whizz for a second before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Blend it all until it comes together and you can squidge it together and ool it into balls.

Dust with cacao powder or coconut and keep in the fridge. Yum yum in your tum!

They should keep for a week in the fridge.