I have a confession. I love Cadbury’s Old Gold Roasted Almond chocolate. I know it isn’t on brand but it is soooo delicious. It’s dark chocolate and has almonds in it so it can’t be that bad for you right? Hmmm…. Denial is not just a river in Egypt!
That’s ok, I don’t like to keep chocolates or naughty food in the house as I tend to have no will power. I instead like to provide myself with alternative choices that will satisfy my sweet tooth while supporting my health. Enter in these chocolates. If you read my post Da Farq is That: Cacao a few weeks ago, you would have learnt that cacao is a wondrous superfood that has more antioxidants than any multi-vitamin, will make your hair and skin pretty and healthy, as well as contains some happy inducing (natural) chemicals. So it is no wonder eating my raw cacao chocolates will make you happy.
This basic recipe is a canvas for you to make any wonderful combination you can think of. As pictured, I have made; roasted almonds, plain as well as coconut. You can make anything you wish such as; fruit a nut, crunchy varieties, smooth varieties, superfood varieties such as goji or anything you have handy that will look pretty.
This recipe is super easy and is sure to please, so give it a go… then give me some – thanks!
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons cacao butter
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
- Yummy bits – all optional, suggestions include but are not limited to: Roasted almonds
- Unsweetened coconut
- Goji berries
- Fried dried raspberries
- Dried fruit – figs, apricots, dates, raisins, currants etc
- In a double boiler (or a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water), melt coconut oil and cacao butter together.
- Add maple syrup and whisk to combine.
- When completely incorporated, remove from heat and sift in cacao and Himalayan salt.
- Adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Spoon the raw cacao chocolate in your moulds to the level you wish – maybe like 1-2cm – these are quite rich and still contains sugar so you want to keep your serving sizes reasonable!
- Sprinkle over any yummy bits you wish – gentle push down into the chocolate if needed but don’t submerge entirely.
- Place in the fridge or freezer and cool until solid, about 15 minutes.
- Share with your favourite peoples.