This Yule Log recipe is the finale in our Christmas series by Charlotte Roberts, creator of Charley’s Health, qualified personal trainer, fitness fanatic and blogger.
Our fourth vegan, dairy-free, healthy treat would make the perfect centrepiece to you Christmas table.
- Heaped 1/4 cup nuts (almonds or cashews work well)
- Heaped 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Heaped 3/4 cup dates
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp Rainforest Foods Cacao Powder- you can adjust this to taste depending on how chocolatey you’d like it to be.
- 4 tbsp cashew nut butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- Almond milk
- Handful of fresh raspberries
- 30g cacao butter
- 3 heaped tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- To make the chocolate log, add the nuts into a food processor and pulse until they are slightly broken down. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until everything has started to stick together. Depending on how sticky your dates are, you can always add more if you need to for the mixture to bind properly.
- Transfer the mixture onto a cutting board and flatten out into an oblong shape.
- For the caramel centre, combine the cashew butter and maple syrup and then gradually add in a drizzle of almond milk to help thin out the sauce until it reaches a spreadable consistency.
- Spread a generous layer of the caramel over the log base, leaving a small gap at one end for when you roll it up. If you have any caramel left over you could always use this as a spread or dipping sauce. Scatter the raspberries on top of the caramel.
- Starting at one end, carefully start to roll the log- make sure you don’t rush this part or roll it too tightly to help minimise it the mixture cracking.
- Once you’re happy with the log shape, place this into the freezer for a few hours to set.
- For the chocolate, melt the cacao butter in a bain-marie until liquified. Stir in the cacao powder and maple syrup (feel free to add more or less syrup depending on how sweet you’d like the chocolate to be). Take the chocolate log and drizzle the chocolate over the top. Garnish however you like- desiccated coconut and red currants work really well here!
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