Ugh. It’s one of those days where my stomach is in knots, my head is pounding, and I’m waiting for all the balls to drop. I was already feeling like this yesterday when everything that could go wrong did, but luckily there were small glimmers of joy, such as cuddling with cats, a new gigantic flask from Man-thing (to keep me up to my gills in coffee during loadshedding), and these pops. I still haven’t gotten my hands on proper pop moulds, but I had enough of waiting for something that I’d been planning for ages, so this is my DIY version of deliciousness. Sadness, suck it!
Thanks in no small part to the upcoming ebook, I have an overabundance of sweet potatoes and other root veggies lying around the kitchen and not always enough time to do something spectacular with them. The ebook is anyway close to 50 pages so I figured I’d reel it in and share something easy and tasty on the blog. Also, I have these little sticks I bought to amuse my little sister (they didn’t), so naturally ice-cream was called for! One of the bummers about being addicted to food blogs (apart from all the US & Canada only giveaways that make me sad!) is seeing all the snazz gadgets and thingamajigs that people have in store to create all sorts of fun dishes and treats. It took me two years to find a cheap-o spiralizer that can only take carrots or zucchinis of a certain size anyway, broke my dough stand, and go through blenders pretty quickly, so stuff like pop moulds or donut pans are just a bit beyond my grasp in a country that seems hell-bent on circumventing my will. Well, a blogger makes a plan, as much as it lacks in glamour.
Cookie dough choc pops (serves 4):
Cookie dough layer:
- 1 cup sweet potato purée
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp aniseed
- 2 – 3 TBSP vegan dark choc chips
- 2 TBSP non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp caramel essence
- Optional: 2 TBSP NuNaturals oat fibre
- 1.5 cups sliced frozen bananas
- 1 TBSP non-dairy milk
- 2 TBSP cacao powder
- 2 tsp sweetener of choice
- pinch salt
- 2 droppers NuNaturals NuStevia Liquid Vanilla/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Blend your cookie dough layers and set aside.
- Blend your choc layer.
- If you don’t have pop moulds, place clingfilm in a cup.
- Spoon alternate layers until you reach the top with chocolate.
- Stick in your pop sticks and place upright in the freezer for an hour or two until set.
- Remove by wiggling the clingfilm, then place on its side and slice through the middle. Store in the freezer.
These things are pretty epic, considering how easy they are! And if you’re lacking in sweet potato and are a bit more adventurous you can even use chickpeas (with more non-dairy milk) or pumpkin, but the latter will definitely change the flavour. I thought I wasn’t going to go overboard last night on the comfort eating front, but I ended up on another munchie fest, and this was eventually eaten on top of a cup of all bran for some weird reason. Does anyone else get absurd combination cravings and ridiculous hours? This wouldn’t have made sense during daylight, but for some reason at night my brain goes on its own merry mission with delicious intentions but some unpleasant consequences for the next morning. Still, worth every melt-y bite.
I love anything with choc chips, and to be honest I don’t know how so many bloggers manage all these artistic shots with casually strewn nuggets of chocolate gold everywhere, because all the leftover choc chips went straight into my mouth as I was making this. We were out of nuts but macadamias or cashews would be a spiffy addition as well, just for the fun of it and for an extra layer of crunch. We’re in freezing temperatures at the moment so they luckily didn’t melt too quickly, but the addition of the NuNaturals oat fiber also out to hold it up a bit more in the steamier parts of the world. At least, if you can wait long enough for it to melt before it’s all in your stomach, because people who linger over every bite of ice-cream make me snark inside.Anyway, I’m going to try and take it easy tonight on the snackage, but something like this is not off the table, simply because it’s full of natural ingredients and even a serving of veggies (it can’t get better than that!). In any event, tonight we’re going to go have pizza with my family at their hotel, since they’re taking flight tomorrow to Morocco for four years and we want to spend a bit of quality time together (amid all the monkey business that comes with having siblings aged six and under). So until then it’s busy work trying to tie up the day’s loose ends so that I can completely detach from work, studies, and other silly things and focus on what matters. ❤