Vegan Chocolate "Jell-O" Shots with Espresso Bourbon

One of my favorite blogs is Chocolate Covered Katie.  She transforms many junky foods into whole-food, vegan recipes.  If you get a chance, visit her website.  It's great!

Jell-O was never one of my favorite foods; the food coloring probably isn't the best for you anyway.  Much like the marshmallow problem, Jell-O contains gelatin, which is made from animal bones.

CCK's recipe is a great alternative.  It contains agar agar (flakes), which is a plant-based substitute for gelatin (made from seaweed).  You can pick it up at specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods and Wegmans, or on Amazon.  I also used some vegan sprinkles from The Pink Peppercorn to make them festive.

I also love the way the shredded coconut looks on them too!

Give it a try - it's easy to make and you'll like it!

Ingredients:
Very lightly adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

scant 1 1/2 T. agar agar
1 c. water
1/3 c. organic cane sugar
pinch of sea salt
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c. coffee-infused bourbon (learn more about infusing your own liquor!)

Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine the water and agar agar flakes.  Stir to combine and let them sit for 10 minutes or so.

Turn the heat on to medium and bring the mixture to a boil.  Make sure the flakes are dissolved.  At this point, add the sugar, salt, and cocoa.  

Stir to combine.  After a minute or two, the mixture should be thickened.  Remove it from the heat and stir in the bourbon.

Pour the mixture into your shot glasses. Mine filled about 3 large shot glasses, but it would probably fill about 6 small ones.

Enjoy the rich chocolately flavor of these "Jell-O" shots!  Your family and friends will enjoy them this holiday season!

Cheers,
-Aileen

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