What do you get when you mix together some veggies and cacao powder?
Well, some rather awesome chocolate cauliflower popsicles of course. And if you add in some extra melted chocolate and sprinkles, well you get something beyond awesome. I can picture you all looking at the images of these ice lollies and going yes, yes, yes.
There is a time and place for decadent, spending all day making, melt in your mouth desserts, as there is for quickly whipped treats that leave you with more you time for indulging and licking your fingers, spoons, bowls and plates clean. And so, it should be.
But even more so is the time and place for the desserts that combine that much needed rich decadence with incredibly quick and easy preps and nourishing plant-based ingredients. Yes, these vegan chocolate cauliflower ice lollies are tasty, easy, oh so good for you and so much more.
The main ingredients in these chocolate and cauliflower popsicles are:
Lightly steamed cauliflower
These combined give a rich, silky smooth dessert, that you can quite addictively eat right out of the blender with a spoon. I won’t judge you, I did. I really like that these cauliflower chocolate ice lollies are a treat, not only for vegans but for those wanting to follow a refined sugar-free lifestyle (excluding the sprinkles of course).
Plus, the hidden vegetable eats that parents and savvy friends sometimes need to try, because face it cauliflower does not have the best reputation, right? A little bit of something for everyone.
I can’t take any credit for these vegan popsicles. No, that goes to my good friend Kate Hackworthy from the blog, Veggie Desserts. I first e-met her about three and half years ago when we were both up for a blog award. Any illusions I might have had about winning, were quickly broken when I went to check out the ‘competition’.
I found a blog full of stunning vegetable desserts from cakes to muffins and from ice cream to tarts and everything in between. I pretty much ignored all the work I had scheduled and sent a few good hours drooling, bookmarking and even making some of her recipes. I have been a fan ever since.
So, I was more than pleased to receive a copy of her brand-new cook book veggie desserts + cakes. And yes, you guessed it the 60 recipes in this is about celebrating vegetables loud and proud, not about sneaking vegetables in.
Some stand out recipes for me include:
Sweet potato and salted hazelnut cookies
Parsnip tuile baskets with strawberries and cream,
Courgette and poppy seed loaf with lavender glaze
Spinach and lemon bars
Vegetable-dyed rainbow cake with coconut funfetti
Chocolate cauliflower ice lollies
I plan to try making at least a couple of recipes each month till I work my way through every recipe in this cookbook. Go check it out and feel free to buy a few copies for family, friends and upcoming Christmas pressies.
Find out more on the cookbook using @veggie_desserts and @PavilionFood1 and #veggiedessertscookbook on Twitter.
Also please check out the recipes made by other bloggers from the cookbook including avocado lime tarts from The Veg Space, carrot gingerbread from Farmersgirl Kitchen, beetroot vanilla sorbet from Natural Kitchen Adventures, calvo nero and orange cupcakes from The Hedgecombers, carrot gingerbread by Ren Behan.
Chocolate Cauliflower Popsicles Weight Watchers Points
There are 8 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints in a serving of Chocolate Cauliflower Ice Lollies.
So here is how to whip up these chocolate cauliflower ice lollies. Please do try them and if you do make them, then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes.
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Thanks to Pavilion Books for sending me a copy.
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Chocolate cauliflower ice lollies
For the chocolate cauliflower ice lollies:
- 150 g (5.3oz) cauliflower florets
- 400 ml (14oz) can of coconut milk
- 200 g (7oz) soft pitted dates soaked in warm water for 10 mins
- 30 g (1oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 35 g (1.3oz) dark chocolate, melted
- 50 g (1.7oz) sprinkles
Make the chocolate cauliflower ice lollies:
- Steam the cauliflower until just soft, then rinse under a cold water to stop it cooking and drain well.
- Add the cauliflower and all the other ice lolly ingredients in a high-speed blender and whizz until smooth. Pour into the ice lolly moulds and freeze for 1 hour.
- Remove from the freezer, add in the lolly stick and freeze until solid.
- Dip the ice lollies into melt the chocolate and then the sprinkles before serving.
Chocolate Cauliflower Popsicles Weight Watchers PointsThere are 8 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints in a serving of Chocolate Cauliflower Ice Lollies.
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