It’s time for part two of the Vegan Valentine’s Day Gift Box of Wonderment! If you’re inclined to think that nothing could compare to the lavender chocolate cup and insanely good truffles of part one… read on.
As if in reward for having braved the chocolate truffles, I found slipped against the side of my heart-shaped tin a dark chocolate bar positively festooned with almonds and figs.
And lo! The underside of the chocolate had been decorated with one of the chocolate transfer sheets I myself gave Lisa for her birthday! The transfer sheets I’d bought in New York! New York! Lisa! Chocolate! All the good things.
Remember how I said that Lisa and Nicole are chocolate masters? Hooooooly yes. The aroma was richly chocolate-y with hints of vanilla, and the bite was crisp, yet melted smoothly. It was quite a sweet chocolate, making me think of palm sugar and sunny beaches and more vanilla. The figs were chewy and deeply flavoured with figginess, and the almonds lent a lovely roasted crunch.
You’re in luck: the recipe for this gluten-free chocolate chip almond cookie can be found on Nicole’s blog. Never let it be said I don’t care about you.
As a devout lover of my own raw vegan brownies (both the original and carob versions), I was looking forward to trying this firm-chocolate-topped version. Nutty, sweet, chewy…. it met my expectations.
Why, aren’t you just the prettiest raw vegan Moonie Pie in the world? Yes you are. Oh yes you are. (Not only was this made by Lisa and Nicole, but the recipe is my friend Heathy’s, whom I visited last year.)
If only there were a part three to this box of treats.