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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.



When a recipe asks for coconut butter, what would be a good substitute that also helps the torte set up?

— Bianca Foppes


So let me tell people that this is a raw tort insofar as it is not baked and the coconut butter. Now coconut butter is different from coconut oil. It is really a whole food. It has coconut, it has, it has a lot of fiber in it. Um, but it at room, at room temperature, it is solid. So it actually has to be melted to be able to be used. And then it is blended into the mixture and it helps to set this cacao powder date nut butter, luscious, really rich, um, filling. I would say if you don't wanna use it Bianca, then you would need to use something else that's going to help set the tort. I would use more nut butter, for example, more cocoa powder and that should help.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry