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Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme | @tasteLUVnourish | #chocolate #potsdecreme #light

Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme

This beauty began as a milk chocolate creme brûlée, but as I can’t leave anything alone, some type of transformation was inevitable. I’ve just been trying to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet lately and the added crunchy layer of sugary goodness in creme brûlée was just another one of those sacrifices I’ve had to make. So, I threw on a fancy name, calling this a Pots de Creme, and that alone made me feel so much better. But seriously, this is a delicious pots de creme. It is creamy, sweet, chocolatey and basically, perfect as is.

Inspiration for this recipe came from one of my favorite magazines, Cooking Light. I’ve always felt that they represent the way I love to eat. Just real food without ten sticks of added butter. So, you can imagine how excited I am to tell you that I’ve been asked to join Cooking Light’s Blogger Connection! What does this mean for you? Well, every so often, I’ll be sharing some of the latest news, recipes and tips that I find in Cooking Light Magazine.

In the spirit of Cooking Light, I’d like to help you lighten up some of your favorite recipes! Click over to my Facebook page, give it a like, and tell me what dish you love, but would like to see lightened up. I’ll feature one recipe a month with a healthier version!

Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme | @tasteLUVnourish | #chocolate #potsdecreme #light

Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme

2 cups whole milk (see Notes)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon amaretto
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the salt. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate has melted and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the remaining 1 tablespoons of sugar with the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk until smooth. Very gradually and in a very fine stream, add the chocolate mixture to the bowl while constantly whisking. Be careful to do this very slowly at first, so you don’t cook the eggs. Add the amaretto and the vanilla extract and whisk to incorporate.

Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins, pouring about a half cup in each. Place the ramekins in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Add hot tap water to the baking dish so that it comes up just about an inch around the ramekins.

Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.

Carefully remove the ramekins from the pan and allow them to cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for three to four hours.

Serves 6

Inspired by, Milk Chocolate Creme Brûlée, Cooking Light Magazine, November 2014

Notes:

  • Whole milk will give you the creamiest texture, but you can also use a reduced fat milk and get great results. I’ve also tested this recipe with almond milk and found it really delicious.
  • For a little decadence, try topping this with whipped cream or chocolate shavings.
  • If you do not want to add amaretto to this, substitute 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract in its place.
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    Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

    Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Ice Cream {Vegan} by Taste Love and Nourish

    There’s a wonderful new creamery that’s opened up in our town. If keeping my waistline in check wasn’t an issue, I’d be there every night. And I’d probably order their Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip…every night. But, since it’s bathing suit season and well, that always scares me to pieces, I decided to create my own version using almond milk.

    Creating a lower fat ice cream is nothing short of challenging. Personally, I don’t have an issue with fat exactly, but I’m usually more concerned about where it comes from. I try to use mostly plant based fats in my diet. That’s where almond milk fits perfectly. I really like Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk because it has a lot of flavor just on its own. I’ve made so many batches, trying different alternatives to getting a richer texture. I will admit, unless there’s some fat involved, getting a really creamy texture is impossible. My favorite batch uses a bit of almond butter to enhance both the feel and the flavor of the ice cream. I won’t tell you that this will yield a perfectly creamy ice cream, but it is an incredibly delicious frozen dessert that is light and refreshing. I tested it out on my whole family and they loved it!

    Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Ice Cream {Vegan} by Taste Love and Nourish

    Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

    4 cups Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
    1/3 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons almond butter
    pinch of fine sea salt
    1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
    1/3 cup sliced almonds
    1 to 1 1/2 ounce bar dark chocolate, grated with a box grater

    In a medium saucepan, combine the almond milk and sugar over medium heat. Whisk frequently to heat through and dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and whisk in the almond butter and sea salt. Allow to cool a bit, then place in the refrigerator for about 4 hours or overnight.

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

    On a baking sheet, spread the coconut out evenly. Place the sheet in the oven to toast for about 2 minutes. Stir and spread evenly again and toast for another 2 minutes. Repeat the process, toasting for just another minute or so if you’d like the coconut darker. Spread the toasted coconut onto some parchment to cool. Repeat the process with the almond slices.

    Remove the almond milk mixture from the refrigerator and give it a quick whisk. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions. Once it has firmed up, mix in the toasted coconut, almond slices and grated chocolate. Scoop and eat immediately (it will be soft…but I can never wait!) or freeze in a container with a tight lid. Remove from freezer for at least 20 minutes before scooping. Keeps for about 3 days.

    Notes:

    • Try using this recipe with Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk for more coconut flavor.
    • I call for grating the chocolate instead of using chips because I think the texture is so much nicer. Chips, even those mini chips, tend to get really hard when frozen. The grated chocolate melts in your mouth.

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    Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Ice Cream {Vegan} by Taste Love and Nourish

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