My all time favourite thing to make!! Chocolate!
It's so easy to make, only takes a few minutes.. and the best part is tasting it to make sure your mix is right! ;)
I made this batch especially for The Sydney Children's Hospital charity event I'm doing tonight and Loving Earth has kindly donated the ingredients.
BASIC CHOCOLATE RECIPE -
1 cup of raw cacao powder
1 cup of organic coconut oil
Your choice of sweetener to taste.
In this recipe I used 3 tablespoons of rice malt syrup. Rice malt syrup is a good choice if you are trying to avoid fructose. I sometimes use raw organic maple syrup or raw honey or manuka honey as I like the added benefits of vitamins/minerals they add.
So to this basic recipe you can get creative and feel free to add things in to your own taste. Sometimes I add chia seeds, shredded coconut, nuts, sesame seeds, cacao nibs, frozen blueberries.. whatever I have on hand. If I feel like something creamier I will add some raw organic cream (rich in vitamin A and D) or maybe some organic grassfed butter. It's all about the good fats!! Maybe a twist of salt for that added flavour dimension.
In this recipe I also added 2 tablespoons of a mixed nut/seed spread. I love the added depth of flavour and health benefits that a nut spread adds.
If your coconut oil is hard, you will need to soften it. Due to the cooler weather here in Sydney I warmed the coconut oil in the bowl above a saucepan until it was melted.
Then mix in the cacao powder and stir until it's smooth.
Then one tablespoon at a time add in your choice of sweetener. Taste your mix after each stir to see how it's going. Does it need more sweetness? If so add more to your liking. You can use Stevia if you are avoiding sugar altogether.
I then added in the nut/seed spread and stirred until it was smooth.
If you have some silicone ice cube trays they are great to use for chocolates or otherwise pour out onto some baking paper.
Fold the paper over and spread the mixture out evenly between the paper.
Pop in the freezer or fridge and allow to set for a few minutes.
Serve straight out of the fridge. As this pure chocolate recipe doesn't have any hardeners or other nasties in it, it will go quite soft at room temperature.
Happy chocolate face! :) XX