Now this is one that I know you'll all end up loving!! It may taste a little strange at first, as it is raw chocolate and not as sweet as the chocolate that you buy from the shops...my son at first didn't like them but now he's always asking me to make more when he's finished the batch that I've just done. This chocolate you can happily eat for breakfast, as nothing is processed and it's packed full of nutrients that you're brain (and muscles) will love you for!!
These can be made with the fresh berries as I have done, but these will need to be frozen if you don't think that they will be eating withing a 2-3 days, as nothing is cooked, the berries will start to go off...so ...freeze them and they'll last longer. Or you can make them plain without the extra fruit or nuts, or add lost of coconut to make them a like the old golden rough chocolate that you used to have as a child.
This recipe is based on Luke HInes, that some has posted on...yes you guessed it...facebook. But I have made a few changes, due to not having all of the ingredients. I decided to add some cacao butter, since I had some, and I felt that this would help to give it more of the chocolate flavour and texture - as well as making it more solid, since coconut oil melts quite easily.
1/2 cup Raw Cacao powder
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/4 cup Cacao butter
1/2 Almond butter (optional)
1/4 cup Maple syrup/Rice bran syrup
1/4 cup Shredded coconut (optional
1/4 cup Crushed raspberries, chopped strawberries or blueberries
1/4 cup Toasted slivered almonds
Using Bane Marie method, melt coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter till smooth
Let coconut oil mixture cool a little before adding cacao
In a mould add the almonds, shredded coconut and raspberries, then pour over chocolate mixture over the top
Place in refrigerator to cool, then place chocolates into an airtight container for storage.
Hardest part was waiting for it to set. Enjoy ♡
Note: if you would like to have a firmer, more solid chocolate, use a whole 1/2 cup of Cacao butter; as Cacao butter remains solid at room temperature. You can also make it any way you like, once you've made it the first time.
Beauty tip...cacao butter is great to use as a lip balm, or on hands... after the holidays I'll write about this.
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