Category Archives: chocolate + pumpkin

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chocolate Pumpkin Coconut Pudding (dairy free, cane-sugar free)

My daughter is a budding chocoholic like my sweet husband, and nothing makes me happier than creating a healthy, nutrient dense treat for my girl.  I use cacao on occasion in desserts.  Due to this sparing use it’s greeted with treasured delight.  I used what I had on hand today, but you can throw just about anything in chocolate and it will tastelike chocolate!  I made an allergy-friendly version of this pudding (coming soon) for my son who can’t have chocolate, and I have to say it’s mighty tasty.  I actually prefer it over the chocolate, which causes my husband to seriously question my sanity.  I’ll tell ya, my husband and chocolateget a room!    

Ingredients
-1 can full fat coconut milk (I prefer Native Forest, which has a BPA-free can or Natural Value, which is free of gums and preservatives).
-1/2 cup plain pumpkin puree
-3 tablespoons raw cacao (or more to taste)
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 tablespoons ground chia (I ground the seeds in a coffee grinder)
-3 to 4 tablespoons sweetener (I have used honey and maple syrup)
-1/2 ripe avocado (optional) for added nutrition  

How To
1.  Combine all ingredients in blender, high speed or otherwise
2.  Transfer to glass container and store in refrigerator
3.  Pudding will thicken as it cools

 Check out these links for more chocolate + pumpkin recipes 

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Labels: cane sugar free, chocolate + pumpkin, dairy free, dessert, gluten free, pudding, vegan.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Ice Cream (dairy free, cane-sugar free, vegan)

I haven’t had “real” ice cream in ohabout 8 years.  I can’t even remember what the stuff tastes like, although when eating ice cream I do remember feeling thirsty and wanting french fries.  What’s that about?  I’m a salty-girl at heart really, not a dedicated sweet tooth like my husband.  I enjoy frozen treats, as does Scott, so we were very intrigued when we started seeing coconut ice cream on the shelves a few years back.  It was love at first bite for me and for the first time in years I was eating ice cream again – and delicious ice cream, ice cream that didn’t make me phlegmy, thirsty, or crave deep fried salty food (and hooray finally for a dairy free, soy free ice cream)!  It wasn’t long after that I started making my own here at home.  It’s ridiculously easy.  My final recipe in my chocolate + pumpkin series is a delicious, creamy chocolate pumpkin ice cream.  Enjoy.
Ingredients
-1 can full fat coconut milk (Native Forest is BPA free)
-1/2 cup plain pumpkin puree (I used the Cinderella variety)
-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or to tasteI liked it at 2 tablespoons, Scott, of course, needed one more tablespoon in there)
-1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup (or sweetener of choice and to taste)
-5 drops liquid stevia
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla 

How To
1. Blend all ingredients until creamy and well incorporated 
2. Immediately add to ice cream maker
3.  When the mixture is very thick (the consistency of frozen yogurt) transfer to freezer
4.  Freeze for a few hours before serving
5.  If serving the next day, don’t fret when you take the ice cream out of the freezer and it resembles a block of ice.  You’re okay. Allow ice cream to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, it will thicken up as it warms and will be super creamy and delicious
6.  Garnish with shredded coconut and cinnamon, or your favorite topping

Notes:
Below are other chocolate + pumpkin recipes you may enjoy 

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Labels: cane sugar free, chocolate + pumpkin, dairy free, dessert, gluten free, ice cream, soy free, vegan.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pumpkin-Spiced Chocolate Covered Pear with Toasted Pecans

Here we have #3 idea for combining pumpkin and chocolate.  So there isn’t any actual pumpkin in this one, but we do have pumpkin spice!  This is a super fun twist on your basic dark chocolate.  Husband loved it.  The spiced chocolate works well with the sweet, juicy pear and the toasted pecans provide a nutty crunch.  Really fun and easy dessert.  Also a great idea for a party.
Stayed tuned for the final pumpkin + chocolate recipe next week (just in time for Thanksgiving): 
chocolate pumpkin coconut ice cream!!

Ingredients
2-3 ripe organic pears (soft to touch but not mushy)
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix (or to taste)
1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 

How To
*Wash and dry your beautiful pears 
*Heat chocolate bar on low over double boiler (if you don’t have one, it’s pretty easy to fashion a makeshift version with your everyday pots and saute pans)
*Add pumpkin spice mix to melted chocolate, stir and remove from heat
*Drizzle chocolate over half of pear
*Sprinkle on toasted pecans
*Set on cookie cooling rack 

Notes
*You can certainly add some sweetener to the chocolate.  We happen to like the dark chocolate flavor.  Adding a tablespoon of honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc., will give it a little sweet kick
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Labels: cane sugar free, chocolate + pumpkin, dairy free, dessert, gluten free.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

Did I mention my husband is a HUGE chocoholic?  Well he is.  More than anyone I’ve ever met in my life.  And he likes the good stuff this man.  I’m not talking about a Hersey’s bar (although if you gave him one he would eat it).  My husband’s list of loves would probably go something like this: 1) his family, 2) the outdoors, 3) chocolate.  And if he was outdoors with his family eating chocolate he would probably explode (with joy).  So this chocolate series is dedicated to my sweet-teeth husband…and my daughter who is quickly following suit in the chocolate-loving department.
Here we have recipe #2 in the pumpkin + chocolate series.  I don’t know about you, but I like chewy brownies.  Not cake-like brownies.  I thought it would be a fun challenge to make these grain free.  So the trick here was to make a grain free brownie that didn’t crumble apart.  I’m pleased with the final product.  My husband LOVES this brownie, as does my daughter.  They both gave it a two-thumbs up, and that’s saying something from my chocolate connoisseurs.  How wonderful to make something so healthy and sinfully tasty for the ones I love.
(grain free, gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, egg free, soy free, xanthan gum free) 

Ingredients
-2 cups raw almonds
-1 cup raw walnuts
-1/2 cup raw cacao powder
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon grade B maple syrup (room temp)
-1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia (vanilla or cocoa flavor is nice)
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup applesauce (room temp)
-1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
-3 tablespoons water
-1/4 cup coconut oil – liquified
-1/4 cup non-dairy milk (or water)
-1/4 teaspoon ginger

How To
Preheat oven to 375

In a food processor:
1.  Add almonds and grind until fine and slightly moist
2.  Add walnuts to almonds and blend together until the nuts start to stick together a bit- test with fingers
3.  Add cacao powder, blend/pulse
4.  Add arrowroot, baking soda, ginger, coconut flour, and salt…
5.  Blend, blend, blend, pulse, pulse, pulse

In a separate bowl:
1.  Whisk together: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, applesauce and milk (or water)
2.  In a separate small bowl stir together chia and water until thick then add to wet ingredients. mix
3.  Add dry ingredients from food processor into wet ingredients and mix
4.  Transfer batter to 8×8 baking dish
5.  You can either line the 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray oil and dust with coconut flour.  I used oil & flour.
6.  Bake 30 minutes or until sides start to harden and crisp up

Notes
*The middle will be moist, but will firm up as it cools, but overall stays rather moist.
*I would wait several hours before cutting into the brownies (if you can) or wait until the next day (yeah right).
*Top with melted chocolate (I melted 1/2 of this chocolate bar with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice)

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Labels: chocolate, chocolate + pumpkin, dessert, egg free, grain free, Paleo, vegan.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Hemp Smoothie

I know, pumpkin and chocolate?  Sounds sort of strange.  But the key here is to get all those wonderful health benefits from that beautiful orange squash right?  And we all know chocolate makes everything taste decadent.  I enjoyed this rich and creamy smoothieand yes, it’s still warm, warm here in Northern California (80s). So a smoothie with fall flair really fit the bill today.

This is post #1 in my chocolate + pumpkin series.  Stay tuned for the following recipes:

~Pumpkin brownies 
~Pumpkin spiced chocolate covered pears
~Pumpkin chocolate ice cream

Chocolate Pumpkin Hemp Smoothie


Ingredients:

-1/4 cup homemade plain pumpkin puree (I used the Cinderella variety)
-4 cubes frozen hemp milk from this hemp milk recipe
-1 cup hemp milk 
-3 tablespoons honey (vegans use maple syrup) 
-2 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or to taste)
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice 

How To:
1.  Combine ingredients in blender until smooth

Notes:

*You can obviously use any dairy free milk
*Frozen banana would taste great 

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Labels: beverages, chocolate + pumpkin, fall cuisine, nut free, smoothie.

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