Melissa Hemsley’s Three-Ingredient Chocolate Pots
Melissa Hemsley's three-ingredient chocolate pots couldn't be easier to make. Simply blend chocolate, dates and plant-based milk and you've got the perfect decadent dessert in minutes..
From the book
These are so simple and delicious, plus they’re plant-based! If you want to make them in advance, they’ll keep for three days in the fridge. I love them made with just the three ingredients – hazelnut milk works particularly well – but if you want to go to town, try adding extra toppings – whatever you have in your cupboard! These are quite rich, so they happily feed six. You’ll need six ramekins or glasses/jars – teacups would look lovely; just avoid delicate glasses that might crack under the hot mix.
|180g||Medjool dates (about 10 large dates)|
|160g||dark (50%–70%) chocolate|
|A little pinch of||sea salt, plus extra to serve (optional)|
|Dollop of||(plant-based) cream|
|chopped toasted hazelnuts or pecans|
|pitted cherries or fresh pomegranate seeds|
|raspberries or strawberries|
|crushed biscuits (such as ginger nut or digestive)|
Roughly tear the dates, discarding the pits, and soak in just-boiled water for 10 minutes. Even though Medjool dates are soft anyway, this helps soften them further, which is good for any blenders that might need a helping hand.
Heat up the nut milk in a saucepan, being careful not to boil, and remove from the heat once it’s heated through.
Meanwhile, finely slice about 2 tablespoons of the chocolate to create some chocolate ‘shavings’ and set aside for garnishing.
Chop the rest of the chocolate and add to a blender or food processor, then pour over the hot nut milk. Drain the soaked dates and add them with the salt, then carefully blend until smooth.
Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins or glasses (see introduction) and chill in the fridge for 4 hours until set. Cover them if you’re keeping them there any longer, so they don’t pick up ‘fridge’ smells. Scatter over the chocolate shavings, plus a tiny extra sprinkle of sea salt, if you like, or add any of the other toppings to serve.