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Monday, February 14, 2011

chocolate chip cannolis

sometimes i amaze myself.

this is one of those times.


this recipe has quite a few steps along with some soaking and dehydrating times. so make note that before you breathe this beauty to life, you'll have to daydream about it for a day or two.

cannoli shell:
1/2 c flax seed
1/2 c water
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c honey
2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
dash sea salt

*stir together the flax seeds and the water. let them sit for four hours until it becomes gel like.

*in a separate bowl, mix together all the other ingredients. stir them thoroughly into the gelled flax mixture.

*spread the mixture onto a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate on 110 degrees for 12 hours.

*when you remove it from the dehydrator sheet, it should be pliable like a fruit roll up. cut it into 4x4 inch squares.

cream cheese filling:
part 1
1 c dates, soaked
2 tbs honey
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt

*soak the dates until soft. drain the water and add all ingredients to the blender. blend until smooth and creamy. set in the fridge.

part 2
1 c cashews, soaked
juice of half lemon
1 tsp sea salt

*soak the cashews for six hours. drain water, and add all ingredients to the blender. blend until smooth and creamy.

*in a bowl stir together part 1 and part 2. set in the fridge.

chocolate chips:
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c honey
1/4 c cocoa powder

*gently melt coconut oil over low heat. when liquid, turn off heat and thoroughly mix in cocoa and honey.

*pour into a ziplock bag to use as a piping bag. cut the tiniest hole imaginable at one bottom corner of the bag. barely squeezing (it will sort of pour out on it's own) pipe little dots on a plate to make chocolate chips.

with my extra chocolate i decided to make some hearts.

and to add just a little more spice to our valentine's day, i poured some of the chocolate into molds with a little sprinkling of cayenne pepper. woo!

*now take all your plates of chocolate chips and designs and place them in the freezer to firm up. they should be set within ten minutes. any molds you may have made should be stored in the freezer after you pop them out of the molds.

*using a butter knife, pop the chocolate chips off the plate. stir them into the cream cheese filling.

now it's time to assemble!
*lay out your 4x4 inch squares of flax seed shells on a flat surface. place the cream cheese filling in a ziplock bag. cut a medium size whole in one of the bottom corners. carefully pipe three lines of the filling down one side of the shell.

now doesn't that look luscious? 

*ok now just simply roll the cannoli from one end to the other. then place it seem side down on a plate so it will stay closed.

*since it's not even humanly possible to wait any longer to eat this gift from heaven, place the plate in the freezer for a half hour. if you somehow have enough patience, you can let it set up in the fridge for 2 hours.

*use any extra cream cheese filling to pipe on the serving plate and decorate with extra chocolates from your molds.

 i can't even find the words to describe to you how incredible this treat was. i'll im gonna say, is that it changed my life.



  1. You are amazing me with these posts! That looks super luscious and perfect for v-day! I'm pretty sure this is one of your most incredible creations and I know chaz was loving those cayenne pepper chocolates!


  2. haha he so was! he actually ate the entire tray of molds before valentines day. and i forgot to mention it, but these were so easy to eat...i was really surprised that they didnt get messy

  3. how does your brain function like this? I'm glad you are channeling your crazy foodie thoughts, "on paper" so to say, for the rest of the world to enjoy.