These vegan recipes from the Food Monster App are filled with the goodness of cocoa! There is a difference between raw cacao powder and cocoa powder, so do be mindful of which ingredient each recipe calls for. Raw cacao powder tends to be more bitter and contain more nutrients than the more processed cocoa powder. Either way, a benefit of working with cocoa is that you get a delicious chocolatey taste without the pain of working with pre-made chocolate. You also don’t get all the added sugar in chocolate. Every vegan home cook needs to have cocoa on hand in the kitchen, and these recipes are fantastic and unique ways to use the ingredient! Celebrate National Cocoa Day by whipping up one of these recipes from the Food Monster App!
1. Anti-inflammatory Cocoa
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This Anti-inflammatory Cocoa by Danielle Capalino is a delicious treat for after start your day, after dinner, or really whenever the craving strikes! This cocoa is not only dairy free, but it also calls for turmeric, which contains anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Cocoa and Oat Biscuits with Rosemary and Flaky Sea Salt
Rosemary and cocoa contrast each other quite well as the resinous and piney flavors of the rosemary cut through the bitterness of the cocoa. These Cocoa and Oat Biscuits by Courtney West are finished off with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt to balance out the flavors.
3. Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls
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The recipe is easy, delicious, high in protein, healthy … it has everything. The simple 5 ingredients in these Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Amarilis Moldes come together to form the ultimate power up snack!
4. Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll
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In spite of the name, Swiss rolls are actually thought to have originated in Austria. Regardless of where they come from, they’re a delicious treat worthy of any occasion. This Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll by Adam Graczynski version can be enjoyed by many because it’s gluten-free and grain-free; the chocolatey outer roll is made from dates and almonds and it’s stuffed with a cashew cream filling that can also be made with macadamia.
5. Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
These Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by Wendy Irene have an indulgent dark chocolate flavor without the intense sweetness. The coconut oil, although less common in baking, is a healthier alternative than traditional fats often used in cookie recipes. The coconut sugar and brown rice syrup provide a milder sweetness, and are thought to have less of an impact on your blood sugar than table sugar. It’s the perfect treat for a sunny spring day. The only problem with them is… cookie monsters (husbands, children, anyone with a nose) will have a hard time waiting to eat them. They’re the best vegan chocolate cookies ever!
6. Grain-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
These grain-free Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies by Kat Condon are the perfect combination of fudgy brownie and pumpkin-spiced cheesecake! There is no denying the fudge factor here, friends. These brownies are probably the most gooey, fudgy and delicious brownies ever created. Pro Tip – place them in the fridge overnight and they get even fudgier!
7. No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Pie
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With a simple crust and a rich, creamy filling, this gluten-free & paleo No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Pie by Kat Condon is sure to be everyone’s new favorite pie! The crust is super simple – just almonds and dates pulsed together, which means there are no grains, no dairy, and no refined sugars involved As amazing as this pie is plain, it’s even better with the raspberry compote smothered on top. The slight tartness of the raspberries really helps to break up the rich, fudgey texture of the filling and creates a really amazing balance. You can also keep it on the side if you serve it at a party!
8. Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
This Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Caroline Doucet is a rich and creamy vegan ice cream that’s made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, dates, salted peanut butter and vanilla. Only 5 ingredients and minimal work involved. This ice cream is very rich, so a little goes a long way!
9. Fruitless Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Bowl
This rich and creamy Fruitless Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Bowl by Kat Condon is made without any fruit, making it low in sugar but still high in protein and delicious chocolate flavor! Frozen bananas are included in almost all smoothie because they add sweetness and create a luxuriously creamy texture. But, sometimes you run out or want something a little less sweet. That’s where this Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Bowl comes in! Made with zucchini, almond butter, plant-based milk, cocoa powder, and chocolate protein powder, it’s full of all the things it takes to keep your tummy happy and satisfied. Don’t forget the toppings, because the best part of a smoothie bowl is always the toppings!
10. Cocoa Date Fudge Bites
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Thick and fudgy, these Cocoa Date Fudge Bites by Harriet Emily are an indulgent treat that will satisfy all of your chocolate cravings. Composed of cashews and sweetened with dates, these truffles are healthier than most. Best part is they can be dressed up in a number of ways. Feel free to add walnuts, frozen fruit shards, or cacao nibs to the outside for a tray of beautiful treats.
11. Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles
Here’s a take on classic snickerdoodles that will leave your tastebuds in amazement. Try this vegan cookie combination of chocolate with cinnamon. These Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles by Emily von Euw are so good!
12. Chocolate Pancakes
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Gluten free Chocolate Pancakes by Natalie Yonan are the breakfast you’ve been waiting for. This seemingly sweet recipe only has 1 banana to sweeten the whole batch and then some berries for the topping. Of course you can top you pancakes with pretty much anything! Why not top them with even more chocolate! Fluffy, super chocolaty, perfectly sweet, these gluten free chocolate pancakes are incredibly delicious & the perfect item on any brunch table!
13. Healthy S’mores Frappuccino
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A healthy twist on a favorite summer treat, this Healthy S’mores Frappuccino by Kat Condon is full of rich mocha flavor, sprinkled with gluten-free graham crackers and topped with dairy-free whipped cream. First and foremost, the base of this healthy s’mores frappe is actually coffee, because even though this is a s’mores flavored drink it’s still a coffee drink. Because of the protein powder, this is the perfect post-workout snack!
14. Salted Rosemary Brownie Batter Oatmeal
If you love rosemary and chocolate, this Salted Rosemary Brownie Batter Oatmeal by Lauren Smith is for you! It’s like getting to have dessert for breakfast! Brownie batter oatmeal is the decadent breakfast that will make you want to get up before your alarm clock. I recommend you try it salted. The salt, however, didn’t make the pictures. Let’s just say I was too excited and forgot that important detail. That said, I can confirm it tastes fantastic both ways. If you are adding the optional toppings (the chocolate peanut butter and/or chocolate chips), you can go lighter on the dates. The toppings will add a lot of sweetness and richness.
15. Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast
Uh-huh, you read that title right. All your wildest dreams are going to come true with this super-indulgent and crazy delicious Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by Clémence Moulaert. Heck, have this for dinner if you want! I called it “hot chocolate” because it tastes the way I make hot chocolate: thick and luxurious, extra chocolatey, bittersweet. In short, totally irresistible.
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