Thursday, December 15, 2011

desserts in jars: choco-coco cream

this twisted treat is decadently sweet, smooth and super creamy. add some peppermint and goji berries for a festive delight!

the chocolate cream is made with avocado and honestly, you'd never know. non raw-foodies have tried it and loved it. let's not forget, avocado is a superfood! (one that's getting mighty pricey, have you noticed?)

there i am in the spoon=)

the coconut cream is made of cashews and young coconut meat. the addition of vanilla bean makes it taste like vanilla mousse. mmm, vanilla is my favorite.  

the recipes call for raw cacao (though any cocoa powder would do) and coconut butter or coconut oil. more and more are using coconut oil (for more than just cooking, wink wink).

non-gmo soy lecithin in this recipe is optional as a thickening agent. those who like to work with irish moss gel may use that, but neither are neccesary for this dessert. you may also sub vanilla extract for the vanilla bean. i've posted the recipes before but here they are again.

coconut cream
(adapted from sweet gratitude's coconut meringue)

3/4 C coconut milk*
2/3 C coconut meat from one young coconut
2/3 C cashews, soaked about 2 hours
2 T agave
1/2 a vanilla bean (scraped insides only)
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt

blend all in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy, then add:

1 T non-gmo soy lecithin
2 T coconut oil or coconut butter

resume blending until fully incorporated. set in fridge until firm. 

*coconut milk can be made by mixing one part fresh or dried coconut with three parts water.

chocolate cream

one large ripe avocado
1/4 C agave
2 T water
1/2 a vanilla bean (scraped insides only)
pinch salt
1 T coconut oil, melted
5 heaping T cacao powder

in a high speed blender, blend first five ingredients well. add remaining ingredients, and continue to blend until smooth. chill for a few hours before serving. 

today i'll be making more gifts in jars. it just makes sense when you've got over 100 mason jars lying around!


  1. mmm...yumm!! you make me huuuungry. :)

  2. Uh huh. Oh yeah, babe. This looks terrific. I love avocado---and yes, I can't afford them any more. :(

  3. lela, i'll make it when you come visit the u.s.=)

    clint, hehe, thanks.=) everything's going up.=( i found my avos on sale at 1.50 each. some sale!

  4. what a decadent treat! lucky for me avocados are getting cheaper here as they are in season and they are HUGE! I have to make this soon.

  5. yummy! Looks great layered in the jar. Haven't been buying avos lately because the ones we get now aren't as tasty as the ones in the summer. And believe it or not, the price of our avos went down a buck or two...probably some special at the moment. I just noticed your comment that you got yours for 1.50 on sale. sheesh, I wish ours were that cheap, now and in the summer!

    Anyway, this looks awesome. I'm missing some ingredients but I want to make this soon! Even with pricey avos. :)

  6. Okay, now that's a dessert I could gobble up!

  7. Looks so good! I love layering in jars. Vanilla and avo are two of my favorite things :)

  8. I love making desserts in jars. So tasty!


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