Chocolate fondants 

I know what you’re thinking – HOW on earth can the chocolatey piece of heaven pictured above be healthy!? Well I don’t blame you, I can’t quite believe it myself to be honest! And trust me, this dessert isn’t just something that LOOKS unhealthy but tastes as if someone’s replaced sugar with spinach and chocolate with carrots, it doesn’t taste remotely healthy either! In fact it tastes downright indulgent and my ever-willing taste testers proclaimed that they actually wouldn’t have realised that what they were eating was totally guilt-free had I not told them beforehand.

Chocolate fondants are one of my most favourite desserts and a good one can be positively orgasmic to say the least; decadently chocolatey, slightly crispy on the bottom and beautifully gooey in the middle. I’ve been wanting to try and create a healthy version for a while now but it’s taken me some time to muster up the courage to give it a go. Turns out it’s not hard at all – I was positively delighted when I realised just how easy these are to make! Hopefully you will be too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 flax eggs (3 tbsp flax seed combined with 9 tbsp water and left for 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup raw chocolate
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp cacao butter, melted
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado

Preheat the oven to 180C. In a mixing bowl, combine the cacao powder and ground almonds and stir together. Pop the avocado in a food processor or mash well by hand, then add this in too and give it a good mix. In a bowl over a saucepan half full of water on a medium heat, combine the maple syrup, raw chocolate, coconut oil and cacao butter and keep stirring until they form a smooth, chocolatey liquid. Pour this into the mixing bowl along with the flax eggs and stir everything together until really well combined.

Pour the mixture into 2 ramekins greased with a little coconut oil. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the top has just started to form a crust.Leave for about a minute before turning out very gently, using a sharp knife to help the sides come away. Serve naked or with a drizzle of melted raw chocolate and a sprinkle of coconut.

Love, Mrs H xx

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