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Pistachio, Chocolate Ganache, & Pomegranate Foam Mini Cups

July 27, 2020
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Photo by Gabi Frohlich
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 3 hours
  • Serves 10 people
Author Notes

This easy, no-bake recipe makes 10 refreshing, multi-textured vegan mini cups! Each cup consists of a crunchy pistachio crumble base topped with a layer of creamy, rich dark chocolate ganache (featuring oat milk!) and light and airy pomegranate foam.

Note: the cook time accounts for the non-active preparatory elements of the recipe (as this is a no-bake recipe). —Gabi Frohlich

What You'll Need
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup lightly salted pistachios
  • 1 1/4 cups raw cashews
  • 1 1/4 cups oat milk
  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  1. Combine the raw cashews and oat milk in a bowl and let sit for one 1 hour or until the cashews are soft.
  2. While the cashews are soaking, place the pitted dates in a bowl of warm water until soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add the pistachios and softened dates to a food processor and pulse until you achieve a course, slightly sticky mixture that stays together when pinched between your fingers.
  4. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of the crumble to ten 4 oz. cups or mason jars. Use the bottom of a shot glass to evenly flatten out the crumble to form the bottom layer of the cups. Reserve the extra crumble for serving.
  5. For the pomegranate foam, strain a can of chickpeas, reserving the liquid (aka the aquafaba).
  6. Add 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of the aquafaba to a stand-mixer fit with a whisk attachment and beat on medium-high until you achieve firm peaks (about 15 minutes).
  7. Meanwhile, add the pomegranate seeds, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, and the lemon juice to a food processor and purée.
  8. Gently fold the pomegranate purée into the firmly beaten aquafaba until just combined. Do not over-mix to prevent deflating the mixture.
  9. To make the chocolate ganache, remove the cashews from the oat milk. Add the cashews, 3/4 of a cup of the oat milk, the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and sea salt to the food processor and purée until thick and smooth.
  10. Microwave the chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Fold the melted chocolate into the pureed cashew mixture until just combined.
  11. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of the chocolate ganache to each mini cup, softly tapping the cups on the countertop to even out the layers.
  12. Next, add 2-3 heaping tablespoons of the pomegranate foam to each mini cup, using the same tapping method to even out the layers.
  13. Refrigerate the cups for at least 2 hours to set. Serve chilled and topped with the leftover pistachio crumble.

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