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Protein Packed Treats

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina - Protein Packed Treats

This event was on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Explore the world of protein-enriched treats with Chef Fran Costigan and Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina in an insightful discussion that strikes a harmonious balance between fla… Read More.



Can you suggest an easy fruit and dark chocolate recipe?

— Sunita Talwar


I've got so many. You can take dried fruit, for example. I use, um, I buy fruit that is not, that doesn't have sulfites. So your apricots are going to be darker than the bright yellow ones, for example, and dip them in some chocolate ganache. So this is a ganache that I made, and this is one of the recipes and one of the assignments in essential vegan desserts. Actually, I did this one with soy milk. Um, often if I'm doing desserts for a crowd, that's when I will use oat milk because I don't know, I'm just assuming that there will be nut and soy avoiders. This was made with high percentage chocolate. So the higher the percentage of chocolate, the lower the cacao, the lower the sugar is, and soy milk two ingredients if you want, you can, for a sheen, you can add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. It's not necessary. You can add some sea salt. It's not necessary. I will often divide that up. I made this really because I'm doing a birthday cake this tomorrow, I'm starting to assemble it. And this can be done ahead and just rewarmed, but sometimes I put some of the really healthy spices like chai spices or ginger or turmeric on cho chili in a portion of my ganache. And then just dip your fruit, your dried fruit in that. And it's a way to go. Now actually, I did this as a protein treat. This qualifies as a treat. So what this is, is I took whole grain sourdough baguette and I spread it with some of this ganache. As you can see, it is really delicious. On this one I finished it with, I sliced up some grapes and I sprinkled with sesame seeds. Or you could sprinkle with chopped pistachio nuts. You could sprinkle it with, um, hemp seeds, whatever you want. People who are not avoiding oil will take this crostini, that's what it's called, a chocolate crostini and drizzle it with a lot of oil, olive oil. So that's certainly an easy fruit and dark chocolate recipe.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry