Blood Orange Cacao Crème Caramel

I have been waiting for blood oranges all year, and finally I found some here.  I was so excited, I had to make something delicious with them!  They are simply heavenly when paired with dark chocolate, which I found out last year when I made these Raw Habanero Blood Orange Brownies.  So, I thought I would make something just as good...Blood Orange Cacao Crème Caramel.

I imagined them...silky cacao custard laced with blood orange, and a gooey caramel cascading down it...a heavenly dream of a dessert.  The best part is these are pretty simple to make.  I used avocados to make the custard, because they work wonders in silky chocolate desserts, and added blood orange zest and juice to make it pop.  It was sooo good, even before I placed it into the mold and added the caramel.

I laced the gooey caramel with blood orange as well, and I could not wait to try the custards.  Once these were finished they were simply irresistible!  The tart blood oranges were the perfect thing to add to the rich cacao base and sweet caramel for a balanced dessert.  I had to garnish the top with blood orange as well because they are so pretty!  I hope the blood oranges stick around for a while, so I can make more things with them!

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Blood Orange Cacao Crème Caramel
Makes 4

Chocolate Mousse Filling:
2 cups diced ripe avocados (about 3 medium)
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp raw coconut nectar, or your choice of raw liquid sweetener
1 Tbsp orange zest
1/4 cup blood orange juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup  plus 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
3 Tbsp raw coconut butter, liquefied

Orange Caramel:
1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted (soaked in water for 30 minutes if not soft and drained well)
3 Tbsp raw coconut butter
3 Tbsp maple syrup or raw coconut nectar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice (plus more to thin as needed)
1 Tbsp orange zest

additional blood orange juice

For the caramel, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Line 4 3/4 cup ramekins with plastic wrap, and spoon about 1 Tbsp of the caramel into each, and set aside.
To make the mousse filling, combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and process until smooth.  Pour into the ramekins over the caramel, and place in the freezer for about 2 hours to set.  Once set, whisk a little more orange juice into the caramel until it is runny.  Unmold the flans onto plates and spoon the runny caramel over them.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. February 6, 2014 at 03:07

    Yum! What a gorgeous combination of flavours - bet this tasted delicious!! I'm seriously in love with blood oranges at the moment - such a beautiful colour and flavour.<br /><br />Another lovely post!<br /><br />Chloe & Sarah<br />

    • February 6, 2014 at 03:12

      Thank you so much :)! It was yummalicious ;)!

  2. February 6, 2014 at 19:57

    thanks for the recipe and pics - looks to be a great Valentines Day bake!

    • February 7, 2014 at 22:23

      No need to bake these ;)!

  3. Anonymous
    February 7, 2014 at 22:47

    This looks so delicious! I really want to try and make them, but my mum is allergic to dates. Any suggestions for substitutes? Prunes? Raisins? Yacon syrup?

    • February 8, 2014 at 02:33

      It would be tough to replace dates in this because nothing else has the same caramel flavor. But, dried apricots might work with a little additional sweetener and maple extract (since they are not as sweet as dates).

  4. Anonymous
    February 18, 2014 at 10:38

    Hi Amy! I made these beauties for dessert yesterday and they are extremely tasty! I'm surely going to make them again (and again). Thank you for the faboulous recipe!<br /><br />-Kri

    • February 18, 2014 at 15:20

      Awesome! I am so happy to hear you made them and enjoyed them :)! You are so welcome, and thank you for letting me know what you thought :)!

  5. February 28, 2014 at 05:39

    Just love your wonderful ideas and your helpful attitude. Made your Chocolate Pommegranate and Pistachio pie the other day (what a work of art that pie is..I had to take a photo as well it looked that good!), then did your Valentine chocolates using lime instead (was awesome) and now about to do this. LOVE. Thank you! An appreciative omnivore ;-). Could you make the syrup using figs to the person who's mum is allergic to dates? Would add a nice crunch.

    • March 2, 2014 at 00:17

      Thank you :)! I am happy you are enjoying the recipes and making them! You are so welcome, and thank you for letting me know what you thought. I personally would not use figs because I prefer the caramel smooth, but if you wanted crunch I guess you could.

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