Chocolate & Berry Corners (Vegan & Easy)

I am a sweet tooth through and through. I´d live off of sweets and baked goods if I could. With easter nearing I´ve found myself with a great desire to bake again. Due to my dietary restrictions I have to stick with vegan recipes. I searched the internet for a while but I couldn´t find anything that would fulfill my desire for a sweet but fresh and fruity but also chocolaty treat while being doable. So instead of spending more hours searching for something that doesn´t exist I looked up a few basic recipes and made up my own treat. These Chocolate & Berry Corners are everything I could have wished for!





Ingredients

For the crust:
360 g of plain flour
230 g of vegan magarine or coconut oil
150 g of sugar
a dash of salt

For the cream:
50 g of cashews
4 dates
1/2 teaspoon  of vanilla extract
water

For the topping:
50g of cocoa butter
3 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of sweetener (agave syrup, stevia, etc.)
lemon zest
berries


How to do it

1. Start the evening before by drowning the cashews in room temperature water and letting them soak over night. (Tip: Do this in your blending cup!) This´ll help to blend them later on. If you don´t have the time, soak them in hot water for about an hour. Before you start with the crust add in the dates to let them soak as well. 
Alternative: leave this step out!
2. Preheat your oven to 180° C. Add the flour, vegan magarine, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix it until you get a crumbly consistency. Then add a dash of water and mix until it all comes together. It should be slightly sticky but not too sticky. Add in more flour if you´ve used too much water.
Alternative: buy a baked crust!
3. Lay down a sheet of baking parchment on a baking tray and place your dough on top. Spread it out evenly with your fingers. Then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until it´s golden brown.
4. After you´ve taken out the crust, set it aside to cool down. Now take your soaked cashews and dates (with their water) and add the vanilla extract. Blend until it becomes a creamy consistency. Add in more water if you need to. Set this aside in your fridge.
Alternative: make whipped cream!
5. Cut your berries if you need to. You can use any kind of berries you´d like.
6. Melt the cocoa butter in a bain-marie (bowl on top of a pot with boiling water). Then add in the raw cocoa powder and mix until it looks like melted chocolate. Mix in the sweetener and the lemon zest as well. 
Alternative: melt milk chocolate!
7. Cut the crust in rectangles.
8. Take one rectangle, add a dollop of cashew cream and spread it out evenly. Then pile as many berries as you´d like on top. Top it all of with a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Yum! These are so delicious. My dad especially likes them (as he tells me every time he opens our fridge). You could just serve them as they are or leave them to dry. My personal favourite is to let them sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. The cold makes them taste even fresher! If these are too many baking steps for you, I´ve written an alternative way in cursive next to the original steps. Depending on how much time and effort you´re willing to give, you can make this in about 40 minutes or about 90 minutes. They´re not vegan anymore than but still delicious though!

4 comments

  1. This look so yummy! I'm really into cooking at the moment so i'm definitely going to attempt these! Wish me luck haha xx

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    1. I´ve got all my fingers crossed for you. But honestly these are so easy to make, you´ll have no problem at all.
      xx

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  2. These look insanely delish. I've only done vegan baking a few time, but I might have to try these. Thanks for sharing! XOXO

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    1. Thank you. I find vegan baking surprisingly easy, so definitely have a try!
      xx Lisa

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