I was a kid who liked to read the cereal boxes. For me it wasn’t all that interesting considering I really only ate Special K and usually it was the same old story about the Special K challenge but even still, I read it every morning. I could probably have recited it along with the nutritional information, ingredients and customer care number.
I’m still big on reading packets and sometimes come across the odd recipe – they’re the best packets in my mind. My chicken yaki soba is straight off the noodle packet and my crunchy noodle salad is inspired by the bag too.
Actually I read quite a lot and I always try to stay informed about all things food. After doing quite a bit of reading up on Paleo eating, I wanted to do some experimenting baking with coconut flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil.
Guess what I found on the back of the coconut flour bag? You guessed it – a recipe and one for chocolate slice no less. The slice whipped up nicely (recipe coming tomorrow) and smelled fantastic but when I took it out of the tin it looked a little glum. It really needed some pizzaz. My first instinct was to dust it with icing sugar but seeing as the slice was Paleo, I wanted the icing to be too.
After some Googling and a bit of experimenting, rich chocolate paleo vegan icing was born. The avocado provides the essential creaminess of a fudgy icing, the cocoa the richness, the honey (or maple syrup for vegan), the sweetness and the vanilla, the amazing flavour boost.
At first I thought this was going to be a disaster. I tried just avocado mixed with cocoa and it was awful, really nothing like chocolate icing but as I added a little honey and a little vanilla it started to change. It started to sweeten and the flavour really began to shine. It was so good I could have eaten it like pudding and it wouldn’t be so bad would it? It’s just avo after all. You could spread it on toast for a sweet treat or use it as a naughty dipping fudge.
It would be just as lovely sandwiched between two biscuits or just eaten by the spoonful. How does it compare to regular icing? I served it to two boys and neither of them guessed that there was avocado in it. Enjoy!
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