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Chocolate Cream (with hidden pumpkin)

(Healthy chocolate dessert)
A light yet perfectly decadent dessert
  • Preparation 30 minutes
  • Cooking 20 minutes
  • Power Medium heat
  • Quantity 4-6 servings
See ingredients
  • 675 g (6 cups) pumpkin, in chunks

  • 460 g (2 cups) water

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree (chocolate, caramel, vanilla or regular)

  • 50 g (1/2 cup) cocoa

  • 2 tsp. vanilla or caramel extract

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 3.5 g (1/2 packet) gelatin or 4 g agar-agar

  • 50 g (1/4 cup) dark chocolate chips

  • 35 g (1/3 cup) chopped pecans

  • Garnish: a few chocolate chips and pieces of pecan

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

  • 675 g (6 cups) pumpkin, in chunks

  • 460 g (2 cups) water

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree (chocolate, caramel, vanilla or regular)

  • 50 g (1/2 cup) cocoa

  • 2 tsp. vanilla or caramel extract

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 3.5 g (1/2 packet) gelatin or 4 g agar-agar

  • 50 g (1/4 cup) dark chocolate chips

  • 35 g (1/3 cup) chopped pecans

  • Garnish: a few chocolate chips and pieces of pecan

11 steps

  • Wash your hands properly.

  • In a saucepan, cook the pumpkin chunks in water until they are nice and soft (approximately 15 minutes).

  • Using a potato masher, a hand mixer or a blender (for a perfect texture), blend the hot pumpkin into a nice smooth puree.

  • Stir in the date puree, vanilla (or caramel) extract and cocoa and mix well.

  • Add the cornstarch and gelatin and stir.

  • Simmer for a few minutes (approximately 5 minutes), stirring occasionally.

  • Add the chocolate chips and pecans. Stir again.

  • Pour the mixture into dessert bowls.

  • Garnish with a few chocolate chips and pieces of pecan sprinkled on top.

  • Chill in the fridge for two hours.

  • Serve to all your loved ones and watch their faces light up.

History

Here’s an original idea to use up some of your leftover pumpkin flesh or pots of pumpkin puree. I felt like surpassing myself and creating a healthy dessert that would dazzle all my guests. This chocolate cream is so rich and creamy, it’s hard to believe it’s actually healthy. But it is. You get the feeling you’re eating chocolate cream but in reality, it’s pumpkin cream. Really? You bet. Hahaha!

It’s refreshing, easy to make and everyone will love it. Don’t believe me? What if I told you my son Dridri (Adrien aged 4 and ½) said to me it was the best dessert in the world. Now do you believe me?

Grab your wooden spoon!

Let’s talk pumpkin! 
High in fibre, pumpkin is also packed with vitamins C and E, which strengthen the immune system, large amounts of potassium, which protects people from the risk of hypertension, and carotenoid pigments such as alpha-carotene (vitamin A), beta-carotene and lutein, known to prevent the onset of numerous diseases, including certain types of cancer.

Pumpkin has only 25 calories per 100 g serving. 

*If you don’t have any pumpkin flesh but you have some pumpkin puree, you can follow this same recipe using 4 cups (500 ml) of puree instead.

** You can just as easily make this cream using any of the date purees, the regularchocolatevanilla or caramel. The important thing is not to overthink things.

Storage

  • One week in the fridge.

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FAQ

Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!

What can I use as a substitute for one type of nut?

Simply any other type of nut you have in the cupboard (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.). For example, if you don’t have any walnuts, you can use pecans. The important thing is not to tear your hair out!