There are times in life when chocolate is the only answer. My weakness is chocolate brownies, no news there to anyone who knows me, but eating them on a daily basis would not bode well for the waistline.
In search of a healthier and satisfying chocolate treat I stumbled across a recipe for vegan cheesecake using tofu. I found it quite refreshing to find a dairy free dessert that didn’t have an abundance of nuts or avocados (I’ve tried avocado mousse, not a fan). What makes tofu so great for desserts is that it is SO bland that it really is the perfect carrier for any flavour combination that you add to it.
I didn’t quite fancy a cheesecake, a chocolate pot was more what I was after. I set out on a mission to keep the calories relatively low without compromising on taste. With a certain chocolate orange being one of my childhood favourites it seemed a good flavour to start out with.
It’s embarrassingly simple to make and doesn’t requires a million pots and pans, just a half decent blender will do the job.
1 pack (400g) of Firm Tofu (I use Cauldron)
1/4-1/3 Cup Almond Milk, or any milk of choice
2 tsp of Orange Extract
4 tablespoons Cacao Powder
2/3 cup Dates
Pimch odf Salt
2 tblsp Cacao Nibs
- Place the dates in a bowl and cover with warm water. Soak for 5 minutes until they are nice and soft.
- Once nice and soft put the dates into a food processor and blitz until they become a smooth paste.
- Put the cacao nibs aside. Place all other ingredients into the processor with the dates and blend until smooth. You may have to scrape down the side of the blender a few times as the mixture starts off quite thick. Add as much or as little milk as you like until you reach the desired consistency.
- Once the mixture is completely smooth throw in the cacao nibs and pulse until just combined, you want to keep them in relatively big bits to give a bit of texture.
I like to top mine with a little orange zest, more cacao nibs or a few chopped pistachios just for more texture and colour.
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the delights of this dessert. It’s a great way to enjoy a guilt free treat without any added nasties.