It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it ain’t xmas, it’s Popsicle Week 2014! organized by the one and only Billy of Wit and Vinegar. This week has been FILLED with amazing recipes from a bunch of harcore foodies and today’s my turn to share the goods: Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles!
You know black forest cake, right? That delicious german creation stuffed with chocolate, cream, and cherries. Well, this recipe is THE SAME except that there’s no dairy AND I skipped the maraschino cherries which taste like cough syrup, instead, I used a sour cherry compote and topped it all with dark chocolate shavings. I’m telling ya, THIS IS GOOD.
Side note: I used some local cherries for styling purposes and my house ended up looking like a murder scene from Dexter! ha! There was cherry juice on the walls and all.
Full recipe after the jump!
Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles
Makes 10 pops
– 2 cans coconut milk (full-fat makes it fudge-y, but you can use light if you want)
– 1/3 cup dutch-processed cocoa
– 5 tablespoons agave syrup (3 for the chocolate sauce, 2 for the “cream”).
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/3 cup cherry jam or any kind of store bought cherry compote (use something with less sugar)
– Juice of 1/2 lemon
– Dark chocolate for shavings
1. Pour 1 can of coconut milk in a heavy pot, add the cocoa, 3 tablespoons of agave syrup, and whisk to incorporate. Turn up the heat on medium and let it gently simmer for about 5 min. Set aside, place in the fridge to cool down.
1. In a mixing bowl, pour the other can of coconut milk, the vanilla, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of agave syrup, whisk until the syrup dissolves. Place in the fridge.
1. In a small bowl place the cherry compote and add juice of 1/2 lemon, stir to mix well, set aside.
– Get your popsicle containers and fill 1/4 with the chocolate sauce, then add spoon-ish of cherry compote, slowly and gently pour some of the vanilla coconut milk (don’t fill it all the way though). Top any space left with more of the chocolate sauce.
– Using a chopstick or skewer make a few swirls. I suggest you insert the chopstick and just give it one or two swirls – don’t swirl too much or you’ll mix it all.
– Place in the freezer and after 20-30 min insert the popsicle sticks so that they stay in place and don’t sink. Freeze completely.
To serve simply sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top (warm up the chocolate bar with your hands and use a veggie peeler to shave it). That’s it!!
Tasty tasty bastards, indeed.
Photos and styling: Artful Desperado