If you're planning a romantic meal for you and your special somebody, then, regardless of what you have for your main course, you're going to need an indulgent and delicious dessert. Surely that means a chocolate dessert.
Chocolate desserts, to me at least, are a must for Valentine's Day. They're also perfect for date night, birthdays, when entertaining friends and family, and quite possibly every other day which ends in a 'y'!
This dessert is both gluten free and vegan friendly. Now, although it is free of ingredients like butter, cream, milk and eggs which we ordinarily rely on to bring a certain amount of flavour to a recipe, this Rich Chocolate Orange Dessert is far from being flavour free.
It is beautifully rich and decedent, mousse-y and yet almost brownie like, with a delicious flavour combination of chocolate orange. It is super easy to make and yet luxurious enough to be the perfect dessert recipe for Valentine's Day....or in fact any other occasion!
These individual chocolate orange desserts were inspired by the amazing looking Vegan Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding shared by the lovely Nico at YumSome. Her large family sized chocolate pudding looked so beautifully rich and indulgent, and sounded a doddle to make, I instantly knew I just had to give it a try with the flax seeds I had left over from making our Vegan Chocolate & Cherry Cupcakes.
Thinking the rich chocolate pudding would be perfect for Valentine's Day, Mr E & I decided to make it extra special by making individual portions in our glass ramekins (they're actually what we've saved from trying a GU dessert or two!) Knowing how delicious the chocolate orange flavour combination is we
substituted the vanilla extract which Nico used in favour of orange
zest, though a little orange extract would work equally as well.
The quantities I used were sufficient for four portions. The surplus two desserts would ordinarily have been shared with my parents, but this vegan and gluten free chocolate orange dessert was so good, it didn't last long enough to make its way to them!
Although this dessert rises beautifully during the bake (so don't be tempted to overfill those dinky ramekin dishes!) I have to confess, and I'm sure you've noticed with the images, that this dessert sank a little within a few minutes of it being removed from the oven. Although it looses some of its volume, don't worry it's certainly doesn't loose any of its flavour!
So, let's get to it and make a vegan Rich Chocolate Orange Dessert
Prep time: 10 - 15 mins Cook time: 18 - 20 mins Yield: 4
4 ramekins (we used GU dessert glasses which hold 100ml)
- 75g Buckwheat Flour (we used wholemeal)
- 1 tsp (rounded) Baking Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 1.5 tsp Ground Flax Seeds
- 55g + 75g Golden Caster Sugar
- 15g + 12g Cocoa Powder
- 80ml Chocolate 'Milk'
- 25g Vegan Butter / Margarine, melted + extra for greasing
- ½ Orange, Zest of (alternatively use 1 capful Orange Extract, like this Valencian Orange Extract)
- 130ml Boiling Water
a) If catering for those sensitive to gluten, ensure the buckwheat
flour is gluten free (as not all buckwheat flour is), alternatively use
your gluten preferred flour. b) Use your preferred chocolate milk - for
instance rice chocolate milk, soya chocolate milk.