Monday, 24 February 2014

CHOCOLATE & SALTED DATE CARAMEL CUPS with PECANS


WOO LISTEN TO THIS RIGHT NOW AND BOOGIE WIT ME!

Okay. That's done... for the time-being (but the boogie's never REALLY over). Moving on to chocolate caramel dreamscapes! I made these after having a non-raw version at the farmer's market. The lady who was selling them makes them from scratch; she uses a coconut caramel made from her own coconuts and raw cane sugar, etc. I love supporting the farmer's market so I bought one and shared it with my beau in the snow. Heh heh... dat rhymed. It was INSANELY good. We were both like "what tha heck!?" So later that day I made a raw version and I gotta say it tastes daaamn fine... plus it's great for you! I made three, and I just ate them all. When it comes to chocolate, I don't do sharing (except for special occasions like with a beau in the snow and that's only because it rhymes; if it was sunny they wouldn't have gotten any).


What have you been up to lately? Personally I have been busy as a bee - or beaver, because they never stop working either... not with those teeth - writing my second book, being me which takes a surprisingly large amount of time, keeping up with university classes, maintaining my blog and attempting to revive/keep alive my social life! I also realized the other day that I should probably start making an effort with my appearance. I haven't in a looong time but now that I'm going to be in TV interviews, photo-shoots and meetings with other vegan-ish professionals and business people... I need to look like a respectable girl again. I used to take a lot of pride in dressing well and in high school I made a reputation for myself for always wearing high heels and dresses. (I had like a suitcase of make-up by grade 7, okay?) But after taking some gender studies courses in university, among other reasons, I felt strongly that I should boycott the whole gender norms system so I stopped wearing make-up, bras, clothes that fit; using shampoo and shaving... you get the idea. I was a dirty, gender-neutral hippie. 

I think that phase has to end now though. This is a new chapter in my life, and it's gonna be largely defined by professionalism! Technically, I have created my own business (woah... no way) and I feel like I should start acting like it. I'm finally realizing this can be my job if I want it to be. And I want it to be. Thus I went shopping a few times in the past week and have pretty much built a new wardrobe for myself. Lots of girly dresses and some sweet flowy pants. Flowy is a word; I don't care what auto-correct tells me. 

I'm still getting used to caring about what I look like again, it's pretty strange, but humans adapt fast so I'm sure in no time it'll be second nature to throw on mascara again. At the very least, I'm excited to find eco-friendly, vegan cosmetic companies! 


I'm glad you guys don't mind my ramblings because it is really therapeutic for me to write all this stuff out. Even if no one is reading this and you all just skip to the recipe... I'm still relieved to get these thoughts out somewhere. From the very beginning this blog has been a kind of daily journal for me, but one that saves paper and that literally anybody can open up, read, comment on and share (if you have access to da interweb). I actually love that my heart and mind are so easily accessible to the public; letting out everything that is floating around in my head for all to see takes a huge weight off me somehow.

Okay I have managed to write an entire post that has almost NOTHING to do with the actual recipe featured today. Here's the deal: if ya love chocolate, caramel, pecans and healthiness; then this recipe is your new BFF. But I thought I was your new BFF, so we're gonna have to have a talk about that.


CHOCOLATE & SALTED DATE CARAMEL CUPS with PECANS: makes around three

Chocolate:
Approximately 1/2 cup melted chocolate (click for my recipe) 

Date caramel:
1/4 cup dates
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Water, as needed (I used about a 1/2 cup) 
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (optional) 

Pecans 

Coat the bottom and sides of cupcake papers with 1/2 the chocolate, then place a couple pecans in the bottom of each and put in the freezer until the chocolate hardens. 

To make the date caramel: blend all the ingredients together until smooth, adding water as needed. Scoop into your cupcake papers, then pour on the rest of the chocolate and top off with a pinch more of Himalayan salt and a pecan.   

32 comments:

Holly said...

you've done it again em ! thanks for another awesome recipe, putting it on the to make list now. totally understand how nice it is to ramble on a blog, i do it on mine all the time hehe. I recently did two seasons in Whistler and spent a fair bit of time in Van. Wish id have known about your blog when i was over there. Although its probably good i didn't because I would have been a stalker ;)

Emily von Euw said...

Baha dang gurl we coulda hung out! Oh well - thank you :3

Annette said...

Oh, this looks so good. I think this is going to be dinner!

Emily Hishta Cohen said...

Hey! I just started reading your blog as I've gotten interested in eating more raw foods and was already eating vegan at home. Love what I'm seeing so far : ) Anyway- just wanted to chime in on the makeup front-EWG's Skin Deep database is a wonderful resource for finding clean cosmetics. I don't like to wear much makeup, but I'll usually sport some RMS beauty uncoverup and some rejuva minerals mascara (plus eyeliner if I'm really feelin' it). Have fun researching!

Anonymous said...

You should include some pictures of your new look! <3

Anonymous said...

Hippy Mom- Hey nice recipe rough day for myself still enjoying you and your energy.

sarah@thesweetlife said...

You are amazing em! I can't believe you are already working on a second book and doing all the other things you do! I can't wait to get my hands in the first book. I am seeing everyone Instagram photos of it and I'm salivating over here.

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Those choc caramel cups do look good; I'll have to see if my food processor can handle making the caramel. I also recentlydecidedeto waer makeup after many years of not. After going through an initial stage of borrowing stuff from my daughter, I now have quite a collection of my own vegan-friendly cosmetic products- there's some reviewed on our blog. In the UK we get some good brands like BWC, Body Shop, Lush and Barry M (bright and funky colours). I don't think all Body Shop and Lush stuff is vegan, but they are great at labelling and none of it has ever been animal tested. I also have some SpaRitual vegan nail polish. Since taking a little more care over my appearance my self confidence has gone up- or did change because I had started to feel good about myself anyway? :)

Emma (This Kind Choice) said...

"that's only because it rhymes; if it was sunny they wouldn't have gotten any" - haha, love it! I also really like the new photo of you on your home page, by the way. It's rather lovely. These cups look great!

Sara Mauland said...

I go to your blog for the recipes, but I really enjoy reading your "ramblings", too. Thanks for sharing!

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

I read your ramblings ;) And I totally get what you mean; sometimes you just need to reinvent yourself a bit. When I think how I dressed in high school... ugh, I cringe. Now I'm graduating in six months and I will be a professional woman (eek!) so I want a whole new wardrobe. Oh and I want these chocolate cups. Like now.

Anonymous said...

Hippy mom-P.S.I Iike "dirty" hippy chics that eat plants and love the world.

Anonymous said...

is this recipe in your new book? i'm hoping so. i just pre-ordered the book. i'm excited to get it next week.

Anonymous said...

Is there something special about Himalayan salt?

dishing up the dirt said...

These sound absolutely incredible. Thanks for sharing!

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you for those! Hugs x

Emily von Euw said...

It's got a ton of awesome vitamins and minerals, plus it enhances the flavour of your food - just use it in moderation :)

Emily von Euw said...

Yay thank you! No, but it's here for free :) 90% of the recipes in my book are BRAND NEW! x

Emily von Euw said...

Hahah always love your comments :) Thank you!

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you! Glad you noticed :)

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you VERY much! <3

Emily von Euw said...

Maybe I will :) x

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you! I hope you're feeling better? I love 'em too but I gotta shower every now and then :) I promise I will reply to your lovely email soon btw xx

Tabitha said...

if you feel like it, share some pictures/post of your fashion and makeup looks and discoveries!! :) I'm always looking out for awesome good-for-me makeup tips.

Weight loss tea said...

CHOCOLATE & SALTED DATE CARAMEL CUPS with PECANS are undoubtedly heaven! It really melts in your mouth and once you get to eat it you'll forget everything.

Mjuuugly said...

You have a really beautiful food blog with great recipes and nice photos. i will definitely follow you and thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Is it at regular grocery stores? Man I really wish all the cool, natural, vegan stuff was in all the stores and omnivores had to be the ones to go out of their way to find unhealthy and non eco-friendly products. Can you imagine?! I've heard it's kinda like that in Portland, OR...maybe I should live there...

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Hi Emily, wanted to leave a comment on the jicama burgers post but couldn't get the comments form up- could the problem be at my end or yours? Just to let you know,in case it's your blog. The burgers sounsdfabulous and the pics are awsome btw :)

Anonymous said...

Love you and your blog. We love hearing on what is on your beautiful mind. Keep up the good work.
From London with love.

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you for telling me! I also just noticed there's no comments on that one and I was a little surprised. I'll try to figure that out now.

Laura said...

These look so incredible, I cannot even handle it.

Helen Callaghan said...

Can you use date paste for the caramel instead of whole dates?

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