No-Bake Dark Chocolate Mousse Tarts : gluten free, grain free and vegan

Before i came back to Honduras i made Dan a huge valentines day chocolate cake since we weren´t going to spend it together. We had dinner and i served him a piece of his cake, he went back for seconds and thirds until i told him it was a vegan cake. He couldn´t believe it! Got to thank Pureella for her recipe. It was delightful (according to him, im still juicing). If you are looking for a healthy alternative to celebrate valentines this will not disappoint. Hope you enjoy it as much as Dan did!

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Ingredients :

Crust
– 1 cup almonds
– 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
– 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
– 1/2 cup coconut flakes + extra for topping
– coconut oil for greasing

Filling:
1 1/2 cup silken tofu (I used organic sprouted silken tofu)
– 3/4 cup dark 72% good quality chocolate squares (about 200g)
– 3 tablespoons coconut oil
– himalayan pink salt
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup organic agave nectar or raw honey (if not vegan)
– 1 tbsp of amaretto liqueur

You will also need : tart shells, about 4″D with removable bases are best, food processor, double boiler or a bowl with small pot to melt some chocolate.

Directions :

For the crust:
– Soak the nuts for about 2-4 hours or longer even overnight in the refrigerator. Once they are soaked, rinse and drain them thoroughly. Place in a food processor and grind them up on high to a meal texture.
– Add the dates and the coconut flakes and continue processing until a paste forms. Turn off the food processor and check with your fingers if the mixture sticks when you press it between your fingers. If it falls apart, add one tablespoon of warm water at a time and continue checking for the right ‘slightly sticky’ texture.
– Grease the tart shells with some coconut oil. How many you make depends on the size of your tart shells. I used a 9inch tart mold. Fill the tart mold with the base mixture being sure to press the bottom evenly and bringing up the mixture up to the sides. Set aside.

For the filling :
Start by setting up a double boiler or a dish over a small pot with water to melt the chocolate. (be sure the dish does not touch the water in the pot). Add the chocolate pieces and coconut oil  and slowly allow to melt, stirring gently to incorporate the ingredients well. Once all melted, turn the heat off and keep in the bowl to stay warm and soft.
– Simply rinse and wipe the food processor from the base mixture and set it in place for the filling ingredients. Place the silken tofu, vanilla extract and agave or honey and pinch of salt into the food processor and mix on medium to blend together well. You may need to turn off the processor and scrape down the sides to make sure everything gets incorporated. Now you’re going to incorporate the melted chocolate. This has to be done very slowly as you never want to mix cold and hot ingredients too quick – the temperatures need to be blended in slowly. So, scoop a tablespoon of the melted chocolate into the mixer, close and blend on low, turn off and scoop in another tablespoon…. continue adding in the chocolate one tablespoon at a time until all in incorporated. Towards the end, be sure to scrape the sides down to get all the goodies combined.
– Scoop the filling into the tart mold and distribute evenly over the tops.
Place in the freezer to set for about 2 hours.

Double Berry Brie Panini

I love going to the farmers market! Everything is so fresh and pure plus you are helping out your local farmers so its a win win in my book. I came across a stand that sold fresh and organic raspberries and blueberries and in my house we love them both. As i continued with my shopping i came across a cheese stand and this guy quiet the variety of your local cheeses. He gave me a sample of his goat brie cheese and it was love at first bite!

We came home and i just knew i had to make something out of all the things i got today. Since we had more errands to run i decided to make a quick and yummy breakfast with the fresh ingredients we bought. Here is my recipe for a double berry brie panini that is to die for. Enjoy!


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INGREDIENTS:

– Goat brie cheese
– 1/4 cup organic raspberries- 1/4 cup organic blueberries
– Rosemary
– your favorite jalapeño jelly
– French baguette,  slices
– organic butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Spread the butter on the inside and outside of both slices of bread.
2. Cut the goat brie into slices and place them on top of the bread. I like lots of cheese so i made thick cuts.
3. Spread the  jalapeño jelly and place raspberries and blueberries on top.
4. Add more brie to the berries and place the other slice of bread.
5. Heat on your panini press or a skillet until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
6. Decorate with rosemary and enjoy!

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Me encanta ir al mercado! Todo es tan fresco y puro además de que están ayudando a los agricultores locales así que todos salimos ganando. Me encontré con un stand que vende frambuesas y arándanos frescos y orgánicos que simplemente tenia que llevármelos. A medida que continuaba con mis compras me encontré con un stand queso y este tipo tenia una variedad de sus quesos locales muy amplia, creo que de las mas amplias que he visto. Él me dio una muestra de su queso brie de cabra y fue amor a primera mordida!

Regresamos a la casa y lo único que podía hacer era pensar en recetas deliciosas en donde podía usar lo que compre. Ya que teníamos más mandados que hacer, decidí hacer un desayuno rápido y delicioso con los ingredientes frescos que compramos. Comparto con ustedes mi receta para un Panini de frambuesas y arándanos con queso brie de muerte lenta. Buen Provecho!



INGREDIENTES:

– Queso Brie de cabra
– 1/4 taza de frambuesas orgánicas
– 1/4 de taza de arándanos orgánicas
– Romero
– jalea de jalapeño de su sabor favorito
– Baguette francés, rebanadas
– Mantequilla amarilla

INSTRUCCIONES:

1. Untar la mantequilla en ambas lados de las rebanadas de pan.
2. Cortar el brie de cabra en rodajas y colocarlas en la parte superior del pan. A mi en lo personal me gusta con mucho queso así que hice cortes gruesos.
3. Untar la jalea de jalapeño y colocar las frambuesas y los arándanos encima.
4. Añadir más brie y coloque la otra rebanada de pan.
5. Calentar en su prensa de panini o una sartén hasta que se derrita el queso y el pan se dore.
6. Decorar con el romero y disfruten!