So much tasty food has been made in our home lately, although it has mainly been from recipes. Last Saturday morning, we had vegan red velvet waffles care of anunrefinedvegan! Soooo tasty, and the recipe stays true to red velvet–which contrary to popular belief is not just chocolate with red food colouring! In truth, it was the second weekend in a row we’d had these beauties, but with no soaked cashews, we needed a different sauce.
My mom frequently would make coconut syrup for pancakes and waffles, and while she verbally told me it was just sugar and coconut milk, I never did get that recipe. I suspect it was something like half and half. So, deliciously delicious, but incredibly unhealthy. I did try once with a recipe I found online, but it wasn’t the same.
Instead of dwelling on that, I decided to take a new tactic altogether–make it healthy. It is a very easy recipe, that builds on 3 simple ingredients.
Easy Coconut Chocolate Sauce
- 1 can low-fat coconut milk
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
Mix the coconut milk and cocoa powder in a saucepan, and turn the element onto medium heat. Stir frequently. The goal here is to boil off some of the excess water, so this may take awhile. Take it off the element when you like its thickness (something like 30 min). Then add the maple syrup, stir and serve!
Now this makes a very mild sauce, so if you want something with a bit more punch, increase the cocoa and/or sweetener to taste.
And then, put it on everything. Waffles, pancakes, ice cream, and even…
Raw vegan cheesecake! The recipe can be found over on The Rawtarian. It was especially amazing because we already had all the necessary ingredients. And there was no soaking of cashews required so that when I decided I wanted to make it 45 min before our dinner guests arrived…it worked out!
One of the people we served it to had eaten a few bites before saying, “Wait…you’re vegan, how is this cheesecake?”
Seriously, make that cheesecake, even if you’re not vegan.
What’s your favourite tastes-like-the-real-thing-but-not recipe?