Chocolate Ganache

by laury on November 1, 2011 · 23 comments

Good Morning!

Thanks for the compliments on the Weezus’ costumes. Michael wanted her to be a bumblebee since she was in the womb. Then my mother in law saw the pink leopard costume which was perfect [based on it being a combination of my favorite animal and my favorite color]. So I had both! Win-win all around!

If you aren’t all sweet-toothed-out [don’t hate on the misuse of proper English]; you will love my recipe today! It’s a sweet little treat you can have a spoonful of alone, add to your favorite dessert, top your cookies with or make a cookie sandwich!

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I did a few things with my chocolate ganache. I added it to a mini filo dough cup that I got at HLS [been meaning to try them].

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I rolled 1/2 tsp of it into Averies raw vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls [note: I used 2 dates in place of the agave, added a dash of cinnamon, then everything else was the same]

You can use this to just dip fruit in, like slice some banana and top it off with ganache, or even on triple the recipe and place on top of cupcake or another favorite dessert…

…because, well, chocolate goes with everything!

 

Raw Vegan Chocolate Ganache

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See you tomorrow with the best idea [I think] I’ve had in a long time. Something that’s fun to eat…and a sneaky way for a vegetarian/vegan/omnivore to get some good protein! You all may not be too impressed but I can’t wait to make it again!

Baking question for my Gluten Free friends….how do you feel about GF flours in cookie recipes. I know it can be good in breads but am really nervous about converting some of my cookie [biscotti] recipes to GF. I want to do it for friends that can’t have gluten, but don’t want them to be nasty. Advice???? What’s your favorite replacement??

Friends that are into spinning….so I haven’t taken a spinning class in hmmm….this is embarrassing…14 years? Last time I took it I was 16 and I hated it so much I never went back. I hate cycling at the gym in general. That and my PT schedule never allows me to do any of the good classes because I always have clients during those times. I am thinking of giving it another shot. If I hate indoor biking do you think I will hate spin? Or does it all lye in the instructor like most fitness classes?

I’m off to see some clients then get my workout on! Chest and Back with some HIIT :D

 

Enjoy your Tuesday!

 

xxoo

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1 KatieFitz November 1, 2011 at 7:34 am

Laury!
If you’re interested in trying an indoor cycling/spin class again – you should seriously come to my class! I promise you the music will not disappoint (I kind of believe in making the music good because it can be hard to get people to be motivated to sit on a bike for an hour)! I teach at LAFitness Bala and a few other places – I can totally get you in for free if you show up when I arrive. Seriously – I’d love for you to come! Let me know if you’re interested. Also – there are other instructors that are great if you can’t make my class (good music too).

You should definitely try it though! I’ve been spinning for 12 years. It’s a great workout :-)

Btw, I read your blog every day – you’re fabulous!
KatieFitz

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2 laury November 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Katie! Your comment made my day :D

I will have to touch base with you on fb or email to see when you teach. Depending on my work sched and babysitting, etc I would love to come to a class! I tried it probably 2 or 3 times in high school then now that I think of it I did it when I worked at Devon Fitness and still wasn’t a fan. My fitness taste has changed over the years and I think with a rocking instructor I may enjoy it! Thanks for the feedback!

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3 Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner November 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

Def give spinning another try…I hated it too at first…I’ll be honest that I don’t love it now but I found a couple of instructors that I enjoy and it does make it fun! ITs a great way to mix things up. That chocolate ganache looks amazing!

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4 laury November 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I agree about mixing it up! That’s why I want to give it another go. I am craving variety

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5 Shayla @ The Good Life November 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

As a former spinning instructor and huge lover of the class, I say try it again! I think it really boils down to the intructor you take – it can make a difference from a horrible class to an awesome, amazing one that gets your endorphins bursting and drenching in sweat. I’ve been hooked for about 8 years and I say give it another shot!

And if you do take an amazing instructor and you’re still not enjoying it, then it’s most likely not your cup of tea – some people just either love it or hate it no matter what :)

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6 laury November 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

You;re probably right, Shayla! Thanks I will give it another shot!

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7 Lisa@HealthyDiaries November 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

I love ganache Laury! I’m going to have to use this someone when I do my Christmas baking! I love that it’s so simple and easy too! I already have some ideas in my head! :)

I used to take spinning a lot last year and loved it! It really does depend on the instructor tho so try out a few different ones if you can!

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8 laury November 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Ohh I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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9 the delicate place November 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

1. i love you bc i don’t like agave so now i can have my chocolate ganache!!
2. as for gluten free flours, i find that no matter what they tend to be uber dense unless you use a mix of various alt flours (potato, tapioca etc). i’m just too lazy so i usually only do coconut or almond flours which means i have to add applesauce + coconut oil and/or eggs. i like using a combo for fats instead of just dumping 6 eggs into a recipe.
3. spin class. took it for a few months but then my body got used to it about like 6ish wks.

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10 laury November 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

<3 you!

thanks for the tip on the flour. I was at the store today and was going to get some of those flours but decided to wait. I am going ot do a bunch of research. I have an amazing biscotti recipe I want to make GF but don't want to ruin it

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11 Ari@The Diva DiSh November 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

omg I am SO making this! I love chocolate ganache, but I have only ever made the kind with chocolate chips and heavy cream lol…This sounds so much better to me :-)

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12 laury November 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

thanks i think using full fat coconut milk will be really good too! I think I will do that when I use this as a frosting :-)

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13 thehealthyapron November 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

I don’t think I could ever truly be chocolated out….haha yummy treats! hope you had a wonderful halloween and happy Tuesday!

ps. tonight on MTV there is a true life: I’m addicted to exercise on at 9pm. Thought it might be interesting for us health and fitness freaks haha

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14 laury November 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I feel like i saw that one before? It was a guy addicted to working out. I will DVR it!!! That show is out of control. Since my sister was on Moving In I am a little skeptical ;-)

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15 christina November 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

what a pretty little treat!

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16 Lisa November 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ugh, that looks awesome! I love the cookie dough bites, and I like the tweeks you made!

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17 Shanna, like Banana November 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I can’t get enough sweets lately so I’d be all over these girl!

I haven’t been to spinning since my 1st trimester, but I do really enjoy it. That being said, I think it’s highly dependent on the instructor and their music selection. So it takes awhile to figure out who is best..meaning working through some crapola classes.

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18 Morgan November 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Oh yum!!! I love chocolate paired with fruit! It makes me feel like I am healthfully indulging. haha And yours is totally a healthy good treat! Those cookie dough bite things look good too! I love your ideas! So whats this amazing “new” idea??? Good thing I only have to wait until tomorrow to find out. I have no patience! :D
I totally think you should spin! I haven’t done it in forever but I love it when I do go! Mostly because it is way fun to me and I like exercising to be enjoyable. its just upbeat, good music, and goes by fast and is fun. Did you like my “goes by fast ” part. LOL You should go though. Its always good to do new things that are different and switch up the norm and make things interesting. Trying something you haven’t done in a long time can spark a new love you didn’t know you had! And just having that something that is new and fun can make a huge difference! At least for me. but your workouts are always changing and interesting and hard and fun, ugh, can’t you just train me already! LOVE YOU!!

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19 Courtenay November 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Spinning is the best. Maybe not for everyday – that could get boring. But, amazing cardio workout, and for your legs and butt. I get so into it my eyes turn blood shot. Try to get to a 60 minutes class rather then the 45 minutes classes.

Also, been meaning to say that Bikram is fantastic fantastic fantastic! I love it. But, its hard to get there when you have kiddies and bubbies.

XX

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20 Pure2raw twins November 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

yum chocolate ganache looks great, we love our chocolate. and we are sooooooooo sorry in not getting back to you about the GF biscotti comment you left on our blog the other day! We feel horrible. But to give you advice is similar to Melissa’s, in that doing more of the dense flours like coconut, almond ,etc due tend to make it dense, still good though! using the starches can help with lighting up the texture some. but I think you go do a mix of coconut flour with brown rice and if you would like a starch like potato or arrowroot would work. hope that helps!

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21 laury November 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Thank you…no worries about not getting back to me right away. Hmmm so I use arrowroot but never as a flour. Interesting…..I will have to pick up some of the ones you guys suggested!

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22 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Sorry that I’m late to the party over here but thanks for the linky love and I’ll take two dozen of these. They look fabulous! :)

So beautiful and delicate and pretty!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Laury!

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