I know my last post was back in July, but another busy term is finally over and the blog is now updated. There are some pretty major things that have happened over the past few weeks. Surreal, really, is the best way to describe it. So I am very excited to share this news with you, as well as the recipe for these dairy-free chocolate popsicles. They are rich, chocolatey, fudgy and simply delicious. One of my favourite brands, Daniel Wellington, asked to collaborate with me!! I freaked out when I saw the email. Basically, they wanted me to create a video, for their Snapchat story, on how to make some kind of colourful drink. At first I made a unicorn milkshake, but I wasn’t too happy with how it turned out. In the end, I created this pink ombre vegan smoothie. I emailed them the video a couple days ago, and they said that it is being sent off to the editors and will take a few weeks to finish the final cut. So you’ll probably see a picture of the smoothie when I announce the collaboration on Instagram. To be honest, it may not seem like a big deal, but for me – it just made everything seem complete. It’s honestly indescribable. Some people may see it as an opportunity to get a free watch and gain more followers, and I’ve come to realise that the reason why I blog is not for the numbers/followers. I am very grateful for this chance and also all of you, whoever is reading this, because sharing content and doing what I love makes me feel less alone and gives me have a purpose. Beyond Our Sky has always been a place that allows me to be myself. The other major thing is that a small Australian company asked me to help them grow their Instagram account. Again, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and surprised that people like my work. I always say – you can do good, but you can always do better. So I am always striving to improve my work for you guys. Anyway, the past few months have been really difficult, health-wise, for me. And receiving these emails from these brands made me feel somewhat better. I always like to reflect on my journey, and I wouldn’t be here without every single one of you who have impacted my life in a positive way. So much love, thank you!So that was basically my life update. About this shoot, let’s say it was frantic. I almost dropped my camera when setting up the tripod for this stop-motion I posted on Instagram. Then the camera was only on one bar of battery and flashing. The popsicles were melting, almonds and chocolate were literally everywhere. The photos actually tick all the boxes, in terms of food styling in my opinion. It has texture, chaos, contract and is definitely some of my favourite work. These pictures were inspired by Ashley, from Gather and Feast. She is absolutely amazing, definitely one of my favourite bloggers. And that concludes this post. I hope you all have a great week and please enjoy the recipe. These popsicles taste fine on their own, the extra melted chocolate and chopped almonds is completely optional.
Vegan Chocolate Popsicles (Dairy-free, Gluten-free)
This recipe was originally from Martha Strewart’s Fudge Bars. I simply made some changes to make it dairy-free. So I substituted the cream for coconut milk, and milk for soy milk.
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups plant based milk (e.g. soy, almond, or whatever you prefer)
- 1 1/3 cups coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 50g dairy-free dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons plant based milk until smooth; whisk in remaining milk, coconut milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring constantly, and cook 1 minute until thickened slightly.
- Transfer to a large liquid-measuring cup and stir in vanilla. Pour into 10 3-ounce ice-pop moulds and insert ice-pop sticks. Freeze until pops are solid, about 6 hours (or up to 1 week). Briefly run moulds under hot water to release popsicles.
- To decorate: melt together chocolate and coconut oil (either in a double-boiler or microwave). Drizzle this over the popsicles and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
- Freeze for a few hours until firm and then they are ready to serve (can be kept in the freezer for 3-4 weeks).