Who doesn’t love rum balls?! Combining rum and chocolate is like the ultimate dessert, right? These vegan rum balls were actually inspired by a complete failure in the kitchen I experienced last weekend. We’ve been watching the olympics the past few weeks and I was inspired to try to make a traditional brazilian dessert, brigadeiros (but make them vegan). They are usually made with butter, sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder. I recently found vegan sweetened condensed coconut milk in Sprout’s and really wanted to use it in a new recipe. Brigadeiros just seemed perfect. Continue reading
I found this black onyx cocoa powder while Eric and I were in Albuquerque at the International Balloon Fiesta. We had a blast and seeing and learning about hot air balloons was really great. We took a day trip up to Sante Fe and stopped in a spice shop where we found sooo many awesome spices and extracts for cooking and baking. I’m hooked. We picked up a vindaloo mix and also this black onyx cocoa powder. Black onyx cocoa powder (not to be confused with Dutch cocoa powder) is super alkalized, which produces a very black cocoa with a lower fat content. The processing of black onyx cocoa removes much of its acidity and I have found that baked goods incorporating black onyx have a deeper chocolate flavor. Many people recommend increasing the fat content in recipes since black onyx has less fat content, but I have found using a 50:50 mixture of black onyx and regular cocoa powders does the trick.When we got home I immediately used the black onyx in these whoopie pies and they are AMAZING. I have made them twice already and the second time was a triple batch! The triple batch didn’t even last 24 hours….not kidding. I’m already planning to make these at Thanksgiving for my family. When the black onyx cocoa is mixed in with the flour it turns the mixture a purplish color, then when mixed in with the wet ingredients gives a deep black color.
The first time I made these we had left over cookies so I put a scoop of ice cream in the center to make ice cream sandwiches, which also turned out pretty rockin. So many options! You can even eat the cookies alone. The cookies are very soft and fluffy.
We had an awesome weekend! It was relaxing, fairly stress free and much needed after a crazy week. We dubbed it the all American weekend because we constantly found ourselves doing stereotypical “American” things…whatever that means.
Friday night we were both too tired to cook so we grabbed chipotle and headed home to eat. We ate on the couch while Eric drank canned beer and we watched “Cops” on TV. If that doesn’t scream America I don’t know what does haha. I had never really seen Cops but man…it was kind of funny at times. Continue reading