Cacao bliss is a relatively new discovery for me. I wrote about how I happy I was to discover it here while I was in NYC.
One of the things I wrote about was how it would be a good substitute for Nutella for those looking for a healthier substitute. When I returned home from NYC I happened to open a cookbook called Bold Italian. I decided to sit on the couch and browse through it for a few minutes.
I cam across a Nutella panini recipe topped with ice cream. It looked delicious so I thought why not make a vegan version with my new discovery. Cacao Bliss.
The brand of coconut ice cream I used is coconut bliss. There are tons of flavours available. The original coconut flavour works best in this recipe of course. If you are wondering what is sprinkled on the ice cream in the picture it is a pinch of ground espresso beans. This is what they did in the recipe I was inspired by and is completely optional.
This is a serious treat. It is incredibly rich. Give it a try if you are someone who has a sweet tooth and is looking for healthier alternatives.
Cacao Bliss & Almond Butter Panini with Coconut Ice Cream
2 slices of bread of choice (thin slices are better)
A little bit of melted coconut oil
1-2 small scoops of coconut ice cream (Coconut Bliss)
Heat a panini or sandwich grill. If you don’t have one simply heat a non-stick frying pan to medium.
Spread some cacao bliss and almond butter onto a piece of bread. The exact amount is up to you and will depend on the size of your pieces of bread.
Cover with the other piece of bread. Brush the outside of both slices of bread with coconut oil.
Grill in the press for a 5 minutes until both sides are golden. If you are using a frying pan simply give each side a couple minutes pressing the panini down with the back of a spatula.
Cut it half and serve on a plate topped with a little scoop of coconut ice cream.