|Chocolate Crispy Hearts (vegan)|
Whether it's love for one another, love for you-fill-in-the-blank with your favorite thing, love for animals and the less fortunate, and/or love for yourself, feeling it, sharing it, receiving it, and being grateful for it is what V-Day means to me. You?
I'm also grateful for the growing (pun) interest in eating a plant-based diet. Whether it's for the animals, for your health, for the environment, or for whatever reason, this movement is going in the righteous direction.
In order to feel part of today's love fest I had this idea to make something chocolaty that was also vegan and that was also something I haven't eaten in forever because conventional marshmallows are made using gelatin, and gelatin is derived from animal by-products. So I'm sending out some love to Chicago Vegan Foods for creating Dandie's vegan and air-puffed marshmallows!
For your Valentine's Day plant-based eating pleasure I present my Vegan Chocolate Crispy Hearts. Love, sweet love - it's the only thing that there's just too little of.
Chocolate Crispy Hearts (vegan)
3 Tbsp. Earth Balance buttery sticks
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Dandie's marshmallows
5 cups Three Sisters Cocoa-Snapz (or another chocolate crispy cereal)
1 1/2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 Tbsp. grape seed oil
1 box Baker's semi-sweet baking chocolate squares, melted
Combine the cereal and pecans in a large bowl and set aside.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking oil.
In a large stock pot, melt the butter on low heat, add the marshmallows, and stir, stir, stir for about 4-5 minutes until the marshmallows are completely melted. Add in the water and oil and stir, stir, stir until the mixture is creamy smooth. Turn off the heat, pour the cereal/pecan mixture into the marshmallow cream a cup or so at a time and stir to incorporate. Be sure to get everything well mixed or it won't hold together.
Transfer the mixture to the baking pan, spread out to about 1/2-3/4" thick, using a wooden spoon to press down. Set aside to cool. When cool, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make individual crispy hearts and set aside. (Sorry, but you'll just have to scarf down the trimmings like I did.)
Melt the chocolate squares in the microwave according to package directions. Spread melted chocolate over the top of each heart, and set aside to dry/harden. When one side is completely dry, turn the hearts over, remelt the chocolate, and spread chocolate on side 2 and set aside until hardened. If you need to store the hearts, carefully place between parchment paper in a sealed container.