Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chocolate, Chocolate, and Oh Yes...Chocolate!

Hi everybody, it's Stacey! I couldn't let Valentine's Day come and go without doing a blog about chocolate, because everyone loves chocolate and the two go together so famously. I want to start out by saying that I eat a gluten free plant based diet void of meat, dairy, egg, and of course gluten. Needless to say, I eat home a lot and in my endless search for new and exciting ways to eat, bake, and cook I scour food blogs. Recently I came across one that had me drooling, literally. Not only are the recipes to die for but the photographs are exquisite. So here are some delicious chocolate desserts from gourmande in the kitchen that taste sinful and are still somewhat healthy. Enjoy, you deserve it!

Chocolate Blackberry Mille-Feuille

7 oz of good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
7 tablespoons of coconut milk 
pinch of fine sea salt
1 teaspoon of blackberry liqueur
1 tablespoon of blackberry jam, naturally sweetened
2 oz of fresh blackberries
cocoa powder to finish.

Read here for further instructions: http://tiny.cc/e7b4rw

Cocoa Dusted Maple Glazed Walnuts

 for maple glazed walnuts:
2 cups raw walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt

for the chocolate coating:
5 oz of unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1/4 cup plus tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 cup raw cacao powder

Read here for further instructions: http://tiny.cc/eao5rw

Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart

 for the crust:
 2 cups almond flour
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted

for the date walnut filling:
10 Medjool dates soaked in 1/2 cup of warm water 
2 tablespoons of extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
1/2 vanilla bean, pod seeds scraped
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup of chopped toasted walnuts (divided use)

for the ganache:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup extra virgin unrefined coconut oil 
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder 

Read here for further instructions: http://tiny.cc/oqo5rw

Hopefully by now you've taken a look at Sylvie's blog gourmandeinthekitchen.com and maybe you were as inspired as I was by her decadent desserts and also some of her amazing recipes. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines day - whether you eat chocolate or not. 

Post by: Stacey Larnerd
Photographs and Recipes courtesy of: Sylvie Shirazi, the author, photographer and real food lover behind Gourmande in the Kitchen.