Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cake

This recipe is the love child of elements of the Spongy Chocolate Cake and the cream filling of the Double Chocolate Cream Tarts. The pairing is glorious enough to deserve its own post and provide inspiration for a fabulously fudgy, chocolatey and creamy celebration cake.

A chocolate sandwich cake to me is one of the best indulgences. Perfect for a birthday, any other special occasion or just because you feel like it 😉 The dark chocolate and the natural sweeteners (date paste and some maple syrup) result in a “mature” semisweet richness, while providing more fiber and nutrition than a standard chocolate cake. The fact that it got the stamp of approval from my Dad (a sceptic of vegan desserts, after experiencing some epic fails from my early plant-based days) was a reason for celebration on its own!

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Double Chocolate Cream Tarts

It’s time for another seriously chocolatey recipe. I present to you a ridiculously easy and wonderfully satisfying vegan chocolate cream (it’s almost mousse-like), perfectly paired with a raw, oat-based cacao crust. Both elements require minimal ingredients and are so easy to whip up. This may well be one of my favourite recipes I’ve made (of course it had to be a chocolate one).

Double Chocolate Cream Tarts

Makes: 3 small tarts (each serving 1-2 people)

Ingredients: Tart base

  • 75g oats, ground into a flour
  • 15g cacao powder (ca. 2 tbsp)
  • 10g ground flaxseeds (ca. 1 tbsp)
  • 2.5 tbsp soft coconut oil (I use a neutral one; melted cacao butter should also work)
  • 2 tbsp maple syup
  • pinch of salt

Ingredients: Chocolate cream

  • 115g silken tofu (drain the water from the package; further pat dry with a kitchen towel if necessary);
  • 2.5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (ideally a thick, spreadable texture – the less runny it is the more firm the cream will be)
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: fresh or frozen raspberries and hemp seeds to decorate; you could also use edible flower petals or toasted nuts.

Method

  1. For the base combine all ingredients (ground oats, cacao powder, ground flaxseeds, coconut oil, maple syrup and salt) in a bowl until there are no dry bits.
  2. Divide the mixture into three mini pie dishes and, starting from the base and working your way up to the sides, press it down to form an equal layer covering the inside of the dishes. If your dishes do not allow for an easy removal you may want to line them with cling film to avoid a crumbly crisis later. Once done place the dishes in the fridge. If you do not have pie dishes you could try using a muffin tray.
  3. For the chocolate cream simply blend together all ingredients (silken tofu, cacao powder, maple syrup, peanut butter and salt).
  4. Remove the tart dishes from the fridge and evenly distribute the chocolate mousse among them. Optional: Feel free to add a jam or peanut butter layer first, if desired. I found them perfectly indulgent just as they are, but depending on my mood I may try variations in the future. Top with any desired toppings. I simply crumbled some frozen raspberries on top and added some hemp seeds.
  5. Place back in the fridge until ready to eat.

Note: You can also use the cream as a frosting for muffins or (cup-)cakes. I recently made my chocolate sponge cake into muffins and sliced them in half after they had cooled. I spread chocolate cream onto the bottom part and iced the muffin top with it, adding some fresh raspberries for the final touch – definitely another combo I can highly recommend!

Enjoy! 

Feel free to tag @blueberrysmiles22 if you share your creations on Instagram, so I can share in the joy 🙂

Spongy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Icing

As much as I love the carrot cake recipe from my previous post, I feel like we need to balance it out with another chocolate recipe… This cake is also sweetened mostly with dates and has some wholemeal flour hidden in there, making this a more nutritious but just as delicious an option when compared to conventional cake recipes.

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Healthy Vegan Snickers

Posting a new recipe has been on my to-do list for a while, but it ended up happening in the most spontaneous way possible: After lunch today my boyfriend said he’d love a snickers. Neither of us have had one in ages, but we always have chocolate, nuts and nut butter around, so I knew I could whip something up. While he initially sounded sceptical – how would it be possible to recreate something so highly processed? – he was eating his words after his first bite into these easy bars that are pure chocolatey peanutty bliss.

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Dark & Peanut White Chocolate Granola Cups

Another sweet treat recipe today as, let’s face it, they’re the most fun to make (and eat). While chocolate nut butter cups have, rightly, been all the rage, I wanted to switch things up a bit by combining the silky smoothness of chocolate with the hearty crunch and hint of saltiness from the granola.

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Chocolate Peanut Snack Attack Squares

I hope you’re all well and staying healthy and sane. In a time where it’s not as easy or advisable to go to the shops too often and where your favorite local cafe is most likely closed, it’s all the more important to be able to whip up some satisfying treats using simple, ingredients you have in your cupboard and fridge. I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys having a little pick-me-up to look forward to mid-afternoon…

Which is where these delightfully easy, fun and delicious chocolate peanut date squares come into play. They don’t require too much prep and use ingredients that you can keep for ages. Whether you’re at home working, studying or just chilling, one of these with a cup of tea or coffee is the perfect way to have a mindful moment.

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Healthy Chocolate Mousse Bowl

Sometimes all you crave is something rich and chocolatey – whether for dessert or, like me yesterday, for breakfast. That’s why I created this creamy concoction out of wholesome fully plant-based ingredients. The banana, sweet potato and dates are a nutritious source of carbs (lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals), the avocado and flaxseeds provide healthy fats and the cacao is chockfull of antioxidants. This powerhouse combo is also super filling and should keep you satiated for quite a while.

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Fluffy Cacao & Date Swirls

Baking with yeast is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the kitchen, for the simple reason that it’s so rewarding. Taking that extra bit of time (the rising!) and effort (the kneading!) is well worth it in my opinion, when you consider that sense of accomplishment of seeing your dough rise, and the delight of that first doughy bite (and all the next 😉 ).

Today I’m sharing a recipe with you for super soft swirl buns with a sweet cacao-date filling. They’re perfect for brunch or a snack – eaten as they are or with some nut butter on top 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

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Chocolate Date Cookies

I’m back with another simple, speedy and satisfying recipe – this time for delicious and nutritious chocolate date cookies. These came about last Saturday morning, when I realized I had just over one hour left to shower, get ready and prepare a dessert to bring along to my boyfriend’s.

Often when I bring food along, I tend to go with a tried and tested recipe, or something new that I’ve carefully thought out. Last week, however, I quite enjoyed wildly chucking ingredients into a blender, fuelled by adrenalin and an optimistic sense that, somehow, this would not be a disaster. The cookies I ended up with definitely exceeded my expectations, and got great feedback at the event I made them for.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I’ve been sighting seductive bowls of chickpea cookie dough around Instagram, and couldn’t resist making my own. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re eating cookie dough for breakfast, while nourishing and fueling themselves for the day ahead? There’s something just so wickedly satisfying about eating “dessert” for breakfast – having your cake (/cookie dough) and eating it too.

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