So it’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re vegan, or trying to show your friends that being vegan can be ridiculously awesome. If you’re stumped for ideas, I would absolutely make this over-the-top sundae. And best of all, you get to support locally focused companies while you’re at it.
There are four components to this sundae of vegan awesomeness:
The cookie: Skydottir chocolate chip, $16 for a dozen, available all over Seattle or on Etsy. The cookie is a chocolate-chip piece of gorgeousness, which are also gluten-free and should be eaten by everyone. (Sadly, the rest of the dessert isn’t gluten-free, which just means I need to try harder next time.) These cookies are coveted by most of the Crave Local team, who are probably addicted at this point.
The brownie: Heart of Darkness brownie from Hungryface, $14 for eight. These are nicely spiced in that cinnamon-heat sort of way, but still rather mild and gooey. You can taste the espresso, but I was more distracted by how rich they were. I’d dunk them in vanilla oat milk if I ever get my hands on more.
The chocolate: Theo Chipotle Spice drinking chocolate, $12, available in specialty grocery stores or online. We’ve used this before, from sundaes to drinks, and love it. It’s spicy, and I personally know it works great with chocolate chip cookies, but it’s here because the spice intensifies the Heart of Darkness brownies.
The ice cream: Banana ‘ice cream,’ whatever it costs for you to buy 1-2 bananas, freeze them in coins once they’re ripe, and then blend in a food processor or blender. This makes a comeback because while it still tastes like banana unlike all the claims, it’s delicious, and worked great to cut back the intensity of eating both a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie that were covered in chocolate. If you wanted an extra decadent sundae, I would totally add in 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and fold in some melted chocolate for ‘chips.’
To plate, I would warm the cookie in the microwave first, then top with the brownie, a few scoops of ice cream, and melted chocolate. If you’re a firm believer in overkill like I am, you could add cashew cream to offset all the richness, or add even more chocolate.
However you top this sundae, just enjoy the fact that it will be way more awesome than whatever your friends get wrapped in pink hearts at the store.