Vegan Chocolate Berry Trifle (1)

I have something to admit…  I really love superhero movies.

Hubby and I had a relaxing, low key weekend that included the watching of a bunch of superhero movies (Thor, The Avengers, and the like).  Although I did fall asleep during The Avengers, it was late and I had already seen it.  And we watched the rest of it the next day.  It was super fun!

I even had time this weekend to finish the latest book series I had been reading, I can’t believe how quickly I blew through the trilogy!!  And, inspired by my new found love for superhero things, I picked up a book about girls with super powers.  Hubby read a review saying it was good, and I was able to borrow it for free from amazon.  I can’t turn down a free book!!

So, great weekend and for me, it’s a short week because I have Friday off!! Yay!!

Sunday is Easter, so this week’s recipes are Easter inspired, though they are good for any old day too.  This chocolate pudding is very rich, so pairing it with the lighter berries in the trifle is lovely.  I suppose this isn’t a traditional trifle because there is no cake in here, but I don’t think it’s needed to be honest.  It looks pretty to present to your guests, and its yummy too!

Health highlight of berries: All berries are extremely healthy and packed with nutrients.  Raspberries are loaded with flavonoids and antioxidants, as well as being anti-inflammatory.  New research even suggests a compound in raspberries could help boost fat metabolism.  Blueberries are undeniably a superfood.  They have been shown to prevent cancer, help your brain, prevent urinary tract infections, protect your heart, and even help your eyes!!  Strawberries, by weight, have more Vitamin C than oranges!  They are a good source of potassium, which helps to aid in keeping blood pressure at healthy levels, and can help to keep your brain healthy!

Vegan Chocolate Berry Trifle

Vegan Chocolate and Berry Trifle
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Silken Tofu drained
  • 10 Medjool Dates (remove pits)
  • 6 ounces Unsweetened Chocolate chopped
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
  • 4 cups Fresh Berries (I used a mixture of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries – you can use any combo you want, or just 1 kind if you like)
To Serve
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the tofu and dates
  2. Run until smooth
  3. Melt the chocolate (I use a glass bowl in the microwave: microwave it for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds – repeat until smooth and melted)
  4. Add the melted chocolate to the tofu in the food processor (you will want to work pretty quickly, you don’t want the chocolate to harden)
  5. Process the tofu and chocolate until smooth, scrape the sides as needed
  6. In a trifle bowl, or whatever bowl you would like to use to serve, layer the berries then pudding, alternating (1 cup of berries, then ⅓ of the pudding, another cup of berries etc.)
  7. Chill until ready to serve!
Notes
If your food processor or blender isn’t very powerful, you may want to soak the dates first to soften them You can also sub the dates for maple if you prefer, I suggest start with about 3 tablespoons and adjust if you like it a little sweeter

 

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