This is another one of Isa’s recipes – it sounded so good I just had to try it and it definitely doesn’t disappoint! You don’t have to use mini-loaf tins for this, you could just use muffin tins but loaves taste better for some reason! You can get the tins here.
I won’t waste anymore time talking about these – just get stuck in!
1/2 cup Apple puree
1/4 cup Almond butter
1/3 cup Cocoa powder
1/3 cup Almond milk/soya milk/any non-dairy milk
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp boiling water
3/4 cup Coconut palm sugar/ unrefined raw sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Chocolate extract (if you don’t have this then use another tsp vanilla extract)
1/8 tsp Almond extract
1 1/2 cups Gluten-free flour mix (or spelt flour if you’re not worried about gluten-free)
3/4 tsp Bicarbonate soda
3/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
4 oz Chocolate chopped into chunks (use vegan chocolate if you want to keep this dairy free – my favourite vegan recommends green and black’s)
1 cup chopped Sweet cherries
Preheat oven to 175 C and boil the kettle (no, not for tea – though that wouldn’t hurt!).
Put the apple, almond butter, milk and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. Add 1/3 cup boiling water and mix quickly with a fork to make a thick chocolate sauce. Add the sugar and extracts and mix well. Sieve half the flour, bicarbonate soda and salt into the mix and mix gently. Add 1 tbsp boiling water and mix again. Add the rest of the flour mixture and another tbsp boiling water and stir until smooth. Go gently – don’t over mix. Finally add the chocolate chunks and cherries and fold in to the mixture.
Pour into the tins (this recipe will give approx 8 – 9 tins) and put in the oven for 25 – 30 mins.
Check they’re done by sticking a skewer in the centre, if it comes out clean they’re done (bear in mind you may hit a cherry or chocolate when you do this so you’re looking for a lack of cake dough on the skewer – chocolate or cherry juice is fine!). Allow to cool in the tins for 10 mins then take out of the tins and cool on a wire rack. They really need to be eaten warm so the chocolate is all melty! Yum Yum Yum!