Silky smooth rich delicious chocolate ganache that no one will believe is completely vegan! And the best part is how easy it is to make, with only 3 ingredients. I love this stuff and find it hard to resist not licking the entire bowl.
It can be used as a dipping sauce, poured over desserts, used as a frosting for cakes (pictured is our gluten free vegan mini rocky road mud cake covered in ganache and topped with marshmallows, cherries and peanuts) or wherever your imagination takes you!
Here's what you'll need:
1 cup coconut cream (the full fat kind, preferably at least 98% pure coconut cream)
1/4 cup cocoa powder*
1/4 cup coconut sugar
Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium heat and continue stirring for about 1-2 minutes until thickened slightly. Allow to cool before using.
And that's it! So simple and easy. It will harden more over time and after being refrigerated.
*For the cocoa powder, it is best to use a dark roasted one as opposed to raw cacao powder. We generally do prefer raw cacao for it's health benefits and use it in all our baking, but for this recipe we opted for the roasted kind. This will give it a much richer, deeper chocolate flavour.
I buy this fresh spirulina from the Kawana Markets in Birtinya, in the Sunshine Coast QLD. It's one of the better markets on the Sunshine Coast as there are some great stalls selling organic fruits and veggies, and it generally has a really overall healthy vibe to it. Unlike the dried products that you find on shelves in health food stores, this fresh spirulina doesn't have any odor, indicating its complete freshness. Apparently spirulina should never have that fishy smell if it truly is fresh. If you have ever tried powdered spirulina from a jar you'll definitely notice that stale fish smell, which isn't pleasant. This fresh spirulina must be kept frozen before you consume it, but all you need to do when you want to consume it is throw it frozen into your fruit and veg smoothie, blend it up, and drink it down. It makes your smoothie a beautiful, deep green colour, adding to the pleasure even further.
The health benefits of spirulina are numerous; it detoxes heavy metals, eliminates candida, lowers blood pressure, is great for vegans as it contains iron, and it's composed of 60-70% protein. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. So just imagine having this superfood freshly grown and not in a powdered and processed form like other products on the market? If only all superfood options could be grown virtually in your own backyard, how exciting would that be?
If you speak to the grower of this spirulina at the Kawana Markets he'll tell you all of the growing techniques he utilises on his farm just north of Brisbane. He's a marine biologist so he clearly understands algae and how it works. This indicates to me that it's definitely a trustworthy product. The price is reasonable and you'll feel good about supporting a local grower. We all need to support our local growers as they are the ones keeping our health in check.
Hello world! We are Soul Kitchen Bakery, Queensland's #1 gluten free vegan bakery located in the Sunshine Coast. All of our baked goods and savouries are naturally dairy free, gluten free, egg free, additive free and completely vegan. We started this journey over 10 years ago when we realised that we needed to cut gluten out of our diet as it wasn't sitting well in our tummies. Dairy was also an issue, so we kicked that to the curb as well. At this point it only seemed fitting to go completely vegan, so that's what we did! Are we now deficient in calcium, B12 and iron?! Hello no! And we feel good! Listening to your own body still counts for something in this world, right?
In the beginning, it was hard finding really good gluten free vegan recipes for baked goods, so we spent many painstaking hours in the kitchen experimenting like mentally deranged mad scientists, and tweaking our recipes to find that perfect outcome. There were many failures, many tears shed, and many, many freak outs. We have created wondrous towering vegan cakes, and also crumbling disasters that resemble the leaning tower of Pisa (minus all that sleek European styling). We also got into a number of fist fights with each other, but I won't divulge any further on that. In the end, it made us stronger and it made us better bakers. So that's why we're here, to share our desserts and savouries with you, and to teach others how to do what we do.
After a long journey from Asia, to the Sunshine Coast, then to Cairns, and now back in the Sunshine Coast, our favourite place on the planet, we are now finally settled. We are here to provide the locals with delicious plant based baked goods and raw desserts. We wholesale from our 100% vegan gluten free bakery to a number of cafes and stores around the Sunshine Coast and Cairns. So you might just find our stuff in some of your favourite hang outs. We are here to stay in this beautiful part of the world, so we hope to share our cruelty free food with you for whatever occasion you have.