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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..

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Melissa Hemsley

Introduction

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.

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Ingredients

180g Medjool dates (about 10 large dates)
250ml nut milk
160g dark (50%–70%) chocolate
A little pinch of sea salt, plus extra to serve (optional)
Optional extras:
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)

Method

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.

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