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Dark Chocolate Swirled Rolls (vegan)

Dark Chocolate Swirled Rolls (vegan)

This post is sponsored by Alter Eco Chocolate. Find more on alterecofoods.com.

So if you haven’t been able to tell, I am a true and firm believer in anything chocolate. And it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

After making the cinnamon rolls last week, which were fluffy and airy like the classic Cinnabons that we all know and love, I wanted to make something in the same ball park, but in a league of it’s own, ya know?

I’m not sure why i’m making baseball references, but let’s just roll with it. Pun intended.

When I was younger, I was the. pickiest. eater. Even when it came to sweets - there were so many classic Czech and Eastern European desserts that I simply couldn’t stomach, even though they were a tradition. Yet I distinctly remember my all time favorite - a chocolate pastry roll called ‘kakaova skladanka’. It’s a pastry of sorts that is baked into a long log, and has swirls of melted chocolatey goodness within. That’s a vague description, but I honestly don’t know how else to describe it - either way, you get the point.

When I was making these rolls, I kinda had that favorite dessert in mind, but didn’t think it would be a close replication. Regardless, I set out to make rolls that reminded me more of a pastry, and had a sweet chocolate filling.

AND LET ME TELL YOU - these did not disappoint.

They not only smell exactly like my favorite dessert growing up - but they taste so similar it’s scary. The sugar from the filling spills out a bit when baked, creating a sticky and sweet bottom for the rolls. The chocolate melts over the edges, coating the rolls in dark chocolate bliss. And the dough itself is crispy and sweet, with pockets of melted chocolate throughout. Of course, I used Alter Eco chocolate for the filling, since it’s my absolute favorite chocolate to use in recipes AND it melts really well. It was exactly what I wanted and more.

So yes, these rolls were a success. And I had to share them ASAP because I am just that darn generous and simply could not contain this glory all for myself.

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Dark Chocolate Swirled Rolls

INGREDIENTS:

DOUGH:

1 cup warm water

1 packet yeast

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

FILLING:

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 chopped Alter Eco chocolate bar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the warm water and yeast - allow this mixture to sit for a few minutes, so the yeast can activate. Once the mixture has formed bubbles (the yeast is working), add in the salt, sugar, oil, and flour. Mix this all together until a dough has formed. Sprinkle your counter with flour, as well as your rolling pin, and place the dough on the counter. Kneed it with your hands a bit, before rolling out into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Once your dough is rolled out, spread an even layer of the coconut oil, sugar, and chopped chocolate. Then, just roll up the dough into a log and slice it up into rolls, about 1 inch thick. Place these rolls on your baking sheet, and allow them to rise in a warm area for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350F, and then just bake the rolls for around 20 minutes, or until golden.

The dough should be easy to remove from your bowl!

The dough should be easy to remove from your bowl!

The rolls after being sliced - should be about an inch or so thick. Allow them to rise for about 15 minutes before baking! Trust me, it helps.

The rolls after being sliced - should be about an inch or so thick. Allow them to rise for about 15 minutes before baking! Trust me, it helps.

I LOVE this super dark chocolate from Alter Eco - wonderful for baking!

I LOVE this super dark chocolate from Alter Eco - wonderful for baking!

The rolls, fresh out of the oven. The sugar and chocolate from the filling spills out a bit, making for sticky rolls! So delicious when warm, I promise.

The rolls, fresh out of the oven. The sugar and chocolate from the filling spills out a bit, making for sticky rolls! So delicious when warm, I promise.

The cream on top that I like to add is super simple to make too. Just mix together with a hand blender about 4 oz vegan cream cheese, 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar, and 1 to 2 Tbsp plant milk.

The cream on top that I like to add is super simple to make too. Just mix together with a hand blender about 4 oz vegan cream cheese, 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar, and 1 to 2 Tbsp plant milk.

Flaky and chocolatey - probably my two favorite adjectives, lets be real.

Flaky and chocolatey - probably my two favorite adjectives, lets be real.

And then BAM! Fluffy in the middle.

And then BAM! Fluffy in the middle.

I’ll just let them speak for themselves.

I’ll just let them speak for themselves.

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