In my opinion, one can never have too many recipes for raw chocolate, so here is another easy version of the do-it-yourself kind. It is quite rich, you only need a small amount, so bear this in mind when giving it to young children. It contains minerals, protein, antioxidants and is dairy-free.
Probably best to do this alone: if young children are involved there will likely be none left to go in the freezer!
Homemade raw chocolate melts quicker than commercial chocolate so either make in advance, freeze, break into pieces and store in the freezer until a short while before you need it, then transfer to the fridge; or make it, freeze it, break it up, eat it and keep any leftovers (haha) in the fridge for later.
In this version, we used almond butter and sweet apricot kernels, but you can swap for tahini or other seed butter and either leave out the nuts and use seeds or cacao nibs for texture.
And remember, raw chocolate is not just for Easter 😉
(organic where possible)
1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Butter*, melted in a bowl over hot (but not boiling water)
1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Powder*
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Raw Unsweetened Almond, Cashew or Sweet Apricot Kernel Butter (no palm oil) (or seed butter if nutfree)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Raw Chocolate Company Goldenberries or Goji Berries* (chopped) or other preferred berries (dried mulberries, apple juice-infused cranberries, raisins)
2 Tbsps chopped Almonds, Cashews, or Sweet Apricot Kernels (or seeds or cacao nibs*) (plus a little for sprinkling on top)
Whisk together raw cacao powder, maple syrup, melted cacao butter, vanilla extract and nut butter. Stir in the berries and nuts.
Spread chocolate mixture onto lined, freezerproof tray, sprinkle with chopped nuts or seeds.
Place in freezer for 30 minutes, then break up into bite-size pieces.
Best bit? Licking the spoon!
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*The Raw Chocolate Company sell a Make Your Own Chocolate box which contains 2 each of Organic, Raw Cacao Powder, Cacao Butter and Coconut Palm Sugar.
Copyright: Chris McGowan