Choc-Orange Vegan Breakfast Sponge with Date Caramel Sauce

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What better way to begin a cosy, festive morning than a chocolate orange breakfast sponge made in less than 5 minutes? There is simply no other, although a few christmas classics would add to the festivities and really get you in that Christmas spirit. The Polar Express and Home Alone are definitely on my list of Christmas must-sees, but I’ll leave that open for debate.

Ingredients:

For the sponge

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For the sauce

  • 3 medjool dates (soaked in water for at least 10 minutes)
  • 2 tbsp water (add more for a thiner consistency)
  • 1 tsp cacao

Method:

  1. In a blender grind down the oats to a flour
  2. Add in the baking soda, banana, orange juice and milk (I used soya) and blend the mixture for a further minute or two until it reaches a gloopy consistency and all of the flour is combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into a microwavable bowl or mug and heat in the microwave for 3-4 minutes depending on the power wattage.
  4. The sponge should be firm enough to stand alone, if its still a little gloopy on the inside cook for a further couple of minutes.
  5. Allow to stand for 1 minute and then turn out onto a plate (or eat from the mug, whatever floats your boat)
  6. To make the date caramel add the dates and water to a blender and pulse to form a gooey consistency, add more water if the sauce is to thick.
  7. Mix in the cacao and drizzle the sauce over the sponge, top with orange segments and cashews, and ENJOY!

Happy Christmas,

G x

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