Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
Just in time for Mother’s Day (which is now, or yesterday, or even tomorrow depending on when you are reading this) I bring you this Sticky Date Chocolate. A simple recipe that you can make for the mum (or mum-like figure) in your life and you’ll even have left over sauce to give to her too (or to keep for yourself, which I would strongly suggest).
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the recipe I think we need to address the elephant in the room, or on the screen as it is. This Sticky Date Chocolate, as tasty as it is, looks like poo smeared on poo. I admit; food styling and presentation isn’t my forte but this time I think I’ve let everyone down with presenting you with a tasty chocolate treat that resembles a number 3.
But maybe it’s only fitting that we are discussing poo for Mother’s Day because as a mother some days that’s all you see, smell and talk about (or at least that’s what it can seem like when you are in the baby bunker). What was once a taboo subject now becomes the most important activity of the day. Little boys successfully doing number 2 in the potty results in cheers and happy dancing; babies doing poo explosions bring tears to your eyes and toddlers, who have somehow managed to get their nappy off in bed and started to decorate the walls, will be the cause of your husbands vasectomy. Poo is no longer a subject confined to the doctor’s office; it’s openly discussed at dinner tables and announced to the wider public at the random will of a 3 year old.
So, getting back to our Sticky Date Chocolate. Do not judge it by the way it looks (which I know is like the morning after a curry dinner) but by the balance of sweet sauce and slightly bitter chocolate. Judge it by the stretch of the gooey sticky date sauce, which will be a long way if you pool the sauce in the chocolate.
The Sticky Date Sauce is made from softened dates and coconut cream (this can be replaced with dairy cream if you prefer) and I have also used it to make this extra tasty Banana Bread. When adding it to the chocolate layer don’t make the same mistake that I did. Dollop smaller amounts all over the chocolate then use a knife to spread it through, but be sure to leave some pools of sauce so you get the ‘mozzarella effect’. You won’t use all the Sticky Date Sauce in the chocolate so you can make a half batch of sauce or just keep the rest and enjoy over ice cream, muffins and just by the spoonful.
If you prefer, chocolate moulds or ice cube trays can be used to make individual chocolates. Keep in mind that you may need more chocolate if your moulds are larger, but as the dairy free chocolate takes one minute to make that won’t be too hard.
I hope you have/had/are having a lovely Mothers Day. I have been promised/threatened with pancakes for breakfast in bed and I get to choose the Sunday afternoon movie. I’m thinking ‘Drop Dead Fred’ or ‘Uncle Buck’- classics!!!
P.S. Whilst this may be the last of the current Mother’s Day themed Sticky Date recipes it will not be the last. I just ate (more than my fair share of) Steamed Sticky Date Pudding and it was delicious so I must bring you the recipe soon.
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Cocoa
- Dash Salt
- 3 (or more) Tablespoons of Sticky Date Sauce (recipe below)
- 1/2 Cup Dates, chopped
- 1/4 Cup boiling water
- Dash Bi-carb Soda
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Cup Coconut Cream (the thickened part from the top of a chilled can), divided into 2 1/2 Cups
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (start with 1/4 and add to desried taste is reached)
- Place the coconut oil in a small saucepan and melt over a very low heat.
- Add the vanilla, maple syrup and salt and stir until combined.
- Add the cocoa and stir until well combined.
- Line a 20cm (8inch) square cake tin (or a baking tray of similar dimensions) and pour the chocolate into the tray, ensuring an even distribution.
- Drop teaspoons of sticky date sauce over the chocolate and use a sharp knife to spread the sauce through the chocolate. Make sure some of the sauce remain in 'pools' to create gooey stretchy sticky datenessl. Add as much stickydate saucel as desired (but not too much that it looks like..well you know!)
- Freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes. Break into pieces and serve. Keep the bark in the freezer between serves.
- Place the dates into a small bowl and cover with boiling water and add the bicarb. Allow to sit and soften for at least 20 minutes.
- Place the date mixture, maple syrup, vanilla extract and ½ cup of coconut cream in a blender and purée.
- Pour the purée mixture into a small saucepan and, over a medium heat, stir until bubbling.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the remaining ½ cup of coconut cream and cook, stirring occasionally for 7-10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Allow the sauce to cool a bit before using in the bread.