Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups

I’m participating in Alex’s sugar-free challenge. But, I wasn’t going to let that keep me from enjoying a delicious dessert.

So, yesterday I created dark chocolate raspberry cups

They were so good I had to make more today so that I could eat more get exact measurements and take pictures so I could share them with you.

They’re kind of extremely delicious. You should try them.

Dark Chocolate raspberry Cups

Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

Makes 12

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup shredded coconut (plus more for garnish)

1/4 cup coconut butter (coconut oil, regular butter, or margarine would work too)

4 dates

2 oz (or  more) bakers 100% chocolate finely chopped*

1/3 cup all fruit raspberry jam (I use 365 brand)

Fresh raspberries (for garnish)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners.

In a food processor (or blender) combine almonds, oats, and shredded coconut well blended. Add coconut butter and dates and blend until everything is mixed. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups. Using the back of a spoon pack the measure firmly into each muffin cup. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread a heaping teaspoon of raspberry jam on each one. Top with 1/12th of the chocolate and more jam if desired. Bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Garnish with raspberries and coconut . Place in fridge or freezer until the chocolate solidifies. Serve and enjoy! Store in the fridge.

*I usually find 100% chocolate way too bitter but, mixed with the sweetness of the jam it is perfect.

What’s your favorite summer dessert? Do you have any tips for improving food photography? (I’ve been working on improving my picture quality but I’ve still got a long way to go)

P.S. I’m submitting this to Katie as a delicious vegan dessert. You can submit something here!

Spiced Up Black Bean Burgers

I’ve posted a black bean burger recipe before and that recipe is delicious, despite the fact that the photo I posted there is atrocious. But, today I wanted to make black bean burgers and I didn’t have all those ingredients.

This recipe is much simpler

This recipe does not have bread crumbs and is therefore gluten free

This recipe does not have eggs and hence is vegan

This recipe is still really tasty

And a little spicy too

Spiced Up Black Bean Burgers

Makes 3 burgers

1/4 of a medium red onion

2-3 gloves garlic

1/2 a small jalapeno pepper (save the other half for a garnish!)

1 (15oz) can black beans

1/2 cup rolled oats

Juice of half a lime

1/4-1/2 a tsp salt (I used a mix of  kosher and seasoned salt)

1 tsp dried cilantro

A few drops of my latest obsession

1 tablespoon olive oil

Place the onion, garlic, and jalapeno, in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Add beans and oats and blend until combined. Transfer mixture into a boil and add remaining ingredients (except the oil). Heat the oil in a saute pan on medium heat. Form the bean mixture into 3 patties and saute until heated through, 5 or so minutes on each side. Serve!

*for a chunkier texture only put 1/2-2/3 of the beans in the food process and stir in the remaining beans after you transfer the mixture into a bowl.

These would be delicious topped with guacamole and caramelized onions. Then again, what isn’t delicious topped with guac and caramelized onions?