4 Nov 2012

chocolate tahini caramel delights

imagine a giant peanut butter cup... change the peanut butter into tahini-cashew butter. add a bite of caramel in the middle. turn it into an ice cream version. then make it vegan and raw. the final result is this recipe.

i wanted to do something with the sesame seed butter we had, and also make a fancier spin on a PB cup. so here ya go. i hope you like them... okay, you'll love them. unless you're crazy, or have a phobia of chocolate (actually a legitimate disorder, it is called xocolatophobia). the raw caramel is also divine in the middle. i ate the extra on it's own with an organic apple.

the ice cream part was actually a mistake, but the kind that makes things better (don't ya love those? they're kinda rare). my chocolate recipe had too much liquid and so didn't solidify like normal chocolate. i had to freeze it to make it harden, but it ended up even more delicious as a frozen treat. let's hear it for helpful mistakes!

these photos were taken with my brand new camera (new to me anyway... got an excellent deal on good ole craigslist for a basically unused canon T2i... thank you, internet!) and i couldn't be happier with them. such an improvement not only over the little beginners one i have been having to use the last couple months, but even my previous DSLR! i am a happy camper.

a funny thing to note: i prefer using a picture quality setting called "RAW", it essentially means the photo is unprocessed and completely unedited, saved just as i took the photo whereas JPEG photos are changed slightly to be saved as such. it is funny because (as your clever little mind may have figured out) my photos are just like my food! RAW and UNPROCESSED.

time to giggle. 

my weekend has been pretty lovely. we are back to normal vancouver weather - rain. i love it. i missed it. i am glad it's returned. have you noticed the rain makes everything cozier? when you are inside anyways... getting stuck in the pouring rain and wind while waiting for a bus doesn't exactly compare to snuggling with your boo by the fire with raw hot chocolate and a kitten...

everything is better with a kitten.

ginger chocolate cups with sesame-cashew butter & caramel: makes about 9

ginger dark chocolate:
1 cup dates, soaked in just enough water to cover them
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder (or 1 teaspoon shaved ginger root)
1/8 teaspoon salt

sesame-cashew butter:
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
1 cup raw cashews

raw caramel:
1 cup dates, soaked in water for few minutes
1/4 cup agave/maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

to make the chocolate, blend all ingredients (including the soak water from the dates) until smooth. you may need to add some more water if it's too thick. you could also add a liquid sweetener. set aside in a bowl.

to make the nut butter, blend together the tahini and cashews until smooth. set aside in a bowl.

to make the caramel... you guessed. blend all ingredients until smooth. and yes... set it aside in a bowl.

now the assembly *cue epic music* cover the inside of lined cupcake tins with half of the chocolate. put in the freezer for 10-20 minutes until hardened. put in a layer of sesame-cashew butter, then a dollop of caramel. put back in freezer for 10 minutes. then cover the top with another layer of nut butter and then chocolate. let them set in the freezer overnight, somehow they are better the next day. i topped mine with a cashew to make 'em cute.


Amy said...

I need some of these in my life, they sound amazing :)!

Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) said...

This looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow. I made your raw fig slice on the wekend and it was soooooo goooooood. This will be next. And I have a feeling it will be just as good slash potentially even more amazing?!? I'm glad you are digging the rain, that's exactly why I moved to Australia from van three years ago!! Wish I loved it but can't stand it! That must make you a true vancouvorite ;)

Em von Euw said...

Haha thanks, Amy! Can't beat you and your decadent creations though... your pics always make me drool.

Em von Euw said...

"potentially more amazing" ;) Thank you so much!

Woaaahh... that's a HUGE change. Van to Aus. I can't even imagine. Hardcore! I'd love to travel there just to steal some mangoes and bananas though.

Em von Euw said...

Thanks, Ellen! <3

Anonymous said...

The tropical fruit here is soooo yummy!! I moved here with my sister, and our dad is aussie, so it wasn't toooo crazy of a move but we certainly miss home a lot (just not the rain! ) coming home for Christmas tho which we are really excited for. Hyped for some naam and foundation action. Any new vegan places popped up recently you can recommend?

Em von Euw said...

OM NOM NOM NAAM <3 it's one of my favourite places. I go there at 2 AM.

For sure! there's this new place called The Acorn. And Heirloom Vegetarian. Also I LOVE Gorilla Food (all raw organic vegan). There was a fantastic raw food place called Organic Lives but it BURNED DOWN! so tragic. so ironic. they are in the process of rebuilding it though... thank goodness. their sushi is off the chain.

If you like Vietnamese I have to recommend Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House. OMG. totally worth eating cooked food for. all vegan too.

Anonymous said...

Omg you have done it again, I'm making these tonight! Tahini is my favorite

Em von Euw said...

thanks, guys! love your comments, as always

Cristina Păruş said...

You are incredible! This recipe is soooo yammmyyyy!

Em von Euw said...

Thanks so much, Cristina! Just checked out your website and love it :)

Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much!! I'm writing all those down and going to try and get to them all while i'm there!!
very very ironic that a raw food restaurant burnt down :O maybeeee it will be rebuilt by January?!
anyways, thanks again Emily :)

Anonymous said...

(yes, finally got comments to work!)
The photos are so pretty!
Those cashews are totally rockin'.



Lucy said...

Your recipes and little stories are so nice :) Love them, thankyou! xo

Em von Euw said...

hehe thanks so much, lisa :) rawk it!

Em von Euw said...

oh thank you so much, lucy! i love hearing that from you.


Anonymous said...

Just had to say thank you for all of your delicious and inspiring recipes! My husband and I are making these tahini cups right now & we can't wait til they're ready to eat. We frequently try your recipes and have NEVER been let down. You seriously have talent!!!!!!!!!!

virginia said...

Hello! First congrats for your blog! Second I have two favours to ask: could you include also metric measurements? I tried these and I had a hard time with the consistency, and weights would at least help the situation :)
Secondly could you also include pictures of the process? Thanks

Em von Euw said...

Thanks! I will try to add metric measurements for next time, along with pics for the steps.

Niki said...

Amazing recipe. LOVE your blog!! ��
Niki xx

lyn said...

Totally delicious!!! I made this for a hard-core chocolate eating friend and she absolutely loved them! Thanks for being so generous in sharing your recipes :)