Have you ever tripped and found yourself sprawled out on the sidewalk? I’m not speaking metaphorically. I woke up anxious about my massive to-do list. I pushed the feelings aside. Women are masters of multi-tasking, right? Starbucks in hand, I was determined to check off the items. Life had other plans. Preoccupied with “priorities” while scanning Santa Monica storefronts, the jagged sidewalk escaped my attention. Splat!
Life is full of surprises...including delightful ones such as
Vegan Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes!
Sweet Lessons Learned from the Spill:
1. Stay present.
2. People are kind. Strangers helped this Ninja Baker up and brought out paper towels to staunch the blood.
3. Life is benevolent too. My expensive pink glasses and iPhone were spared the scratches.
4. Dancing pays off. At my tender age (cough, cough) bones can easily be broken. I believe body tone prevented severe damage.
5. Last and not least, once again I learned that I’ve got the most wonderful husband in the world. Despite his stressful, super-busy work on a hit TV show, he was willing to come home and drive me to emergency. (I initially refused until circumstances pushed me to pick up the phone.)
Little things can mean a lot...and taste sooo good. You got it!
Like Vegan Chocolate Mini Cakes garnished with a sliver of Japanese persimmon.
Scrumptious (and healthy!) Vegan Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes! The elegant, easy vegan chocolate dessert was on my to-do list for this week’s unprocessed food themed #SundaySupper. After the trauma of stitches, to have a tasty, quickly made chocolate vegan recipe at hand was a gift. (Recipes, tips and lighthearted chat will commence on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET. Scroll down for your invite.) Pecans and dates create a crunchy, yummy foundation for these mini cakes. Rich cocoa, coconut oil and cashews create a dark chocolately cream filling.
Japanese persimmon is very compatible with crunchy nuts and creamy chocolate!
Pecan bits are a superb garnish. But… Japanese winter persimmons peek out to say hello in autumn. Sooo, this Ninja Baker had to celebrate the season with the sweet, firm fruit. I sliced up a persimmon, sprinkled a bit of coconut oil, cinnamon and brown sugar (use organic to stick with the unprocessed foods theme) and roasted the Japanese kaki persimmon. The result? A guilt-free, good-for-you chocolate dessert!
Vegan and gluten-free, these luscious chocolate cream cakes rival "regular" chocolate mousse. The crunchy nutty chocolate crust tops it off to make these minis a pièce de résistance. A sliver of Japanese persimmon bathed in a bit of coconut oil, cinnamon and organic brown sugar is a highly recommended garnish.
This recipe is inspired by One Green Planet.
Nutty Chocolate Crust:
- 1 cup pecan meal (nuts crumbled courtesy of a food processor)
- 4 large Medjool dates
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
Chocolate Mousse Filling:
- 2½ cups cashew pieces
- ½ cup coconut oil (the liquid kind)
- ¾ cup raw honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 large Medjool dates
- 1 Japanese persimmon
- 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
- ½ -1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons pecan meal and/or whole pecans
A mini cheesecake pan by rubbing coconut oil into the wells.
Pour the cashews into a bowl and fill with water so the nuts are just covered.
Soak for 15 minutes.
Place all chocolate crust ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until well blended. Scoop out generous chocolaty tablespoonfuls and press into the mini cheesecake pan wells.
Ninja Note: Pans with easy release bottoms are extremely helpful when making elegant mini cakes.
Blend all the filling ingredients with a blender. Scrape often to ensure everything is coated in chocolate and well blended.
Divide the filling amongst the wells.
Sprinkle pecan meal onto the mini cakes. If you wish to add a Japanese persimmon garnish; slice the persimmon into triangle slivers. Sprinkle with coconut oil, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roast for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Be prepared for a comforting aroma of homey cinnamon to waft through your kitchen.
“I’m not a professional chef, I only play one on the internet.” So says DB, Foodie Stuntman of Crazy Food Stunts, the host of today’s #SundaySupper. However, if you visit his site, you’ll see a self-trained gourmet chef. Visit the food bloggers below for more treats.
Alluring Appetizers and Stunning Sides
- Brioche Dinner Rolls by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Stuffed Peppadew Peppers by An Appealing Plan
- Homemade Fennel-Maple Mustard by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Sweet Potato Noodles & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Whole Grain, No-Knead Sourdough Bread by Peaceful Cooking
- Sweet Potato Fries by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Indian Spiced Dal and Sag Aloo by Happy Baking Days
- Homemade Energy Bars by The Foodie Army Wife
- Honey Thyme Chicken by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Sweet Potato and Carrot Hash by Fit Foodie Runs
- Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Cardamom and Maple Syrup by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Spicy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes by Magnolia Days
- Autumn Panzanella by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa by What Smells So Good?
- Curried Apple Chips by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Stuffed Acorn Squash by Rhubarb and Honey
- Homemade Hash Brown by Basic N Delicious
- Raw Salted Chocolate Chip Oat Healthy Bars by Wallflour Girl
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Basic Roasted Cauliflower by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Baked Beet Chips by The Dinner-Mom
- Crispy Tex-Mex Quinoa Patties by Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Authentic Chicken Tinga by Shockingly Delicious
- Jacket Potato Party by Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Mom's Homemade Vegetarian Meatballs by The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Chicken and Sweet Potato by MealDiva
- Chinese Five Spice Chicken Stir Fry by Nosh My Way
- Easy Slow Cooker Chili by Amee's Savory Dish
- Coconut Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dip by Casa de Crews
- Grilled Burgers with Garlicky Arugula by Cooking Chat
- Baked Zucchini with Spicy Tomatoes by Food Lust People Love
- Fall Squash Soup by Ruffles & Truffles
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Momma's Meals
- White Bean Pesto Stew by eating in instead
- Seared Pork Stack by annaDishes
- Gnocchi with Peas and Pesto by Curious Cuisiniere
- Pumpkin & Sausage Pasta by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake by Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Vegan Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes by NinjaBaking.com
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blondies by Pies and Plots
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Wishing you the gift to stay present to life's blessings.
The Ninja Baker
© ™ Watkinson 2012
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