Every now and then it’s nice to indulge in a piece of chocolate. It’s even better when you know the chocolate is home made without preservatives, additives and cane sugar.
The benefit of making your own chocolate is that you know what ingredients have been used.
This chocolate is made using raw cacao (not to be confused with cocoa). Cacao is anti-oxident rich, contains no sugar and by itself, is quite bitter. Whereas cocoa powder has less ant-oxidents, contains sugar and is sweet to taste.
When you follow a whole food, no sugar, clean food or paleo diet your taste buds change and you no longer like the taste of commercially made chocolate. It quite frankly tastes sickening sweet. If you fall into this category you will like the taste of this chocolate as it is sweet but it is not, by any means, sickly sweet.
The chocolate can be cut into bars (as above) or into squares.
If you choose to cut the chocolate into squares, you can place the squares in a glass jar – which can be kept in the fridge as an every now and then bite sized treat.
Add a cute bow to the glass jar – and you have a cute gift for your wholefoods or paleo friends (see below).
- 100g cacao butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ⅛ teaspoon himalayan pink salt
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup of raw macadamia pieces
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 5 tablespoons of water
- Line a brownie tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Place the chia seeds and water into a mug and set aside.
- Place the cacao butter in a saucepan and heat on medium heat until cacao butter has melted then remove from heat to allow to cool down.
- Add the maple syrup to the cooled cacao butter and stir till mixed.
- Stir in the salt and cacao until well combined.
- At this point, the chia seeds should have soaked up the water leaving you with a jelly like mass of chia seeds (if not, wait five minutes before continuing with the next step).
- Mix in the chia seeds (and stir with a spoon – breaking them up where necessary to ensure there are no large jelly like clusters of chia seeds)
- Mix in the shredded coconut, raisins and macadamia pieces.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the brownie tray.
- Place in the fridge to set for at least 5 hours.
- Once set, you can remove the chocolate from the brownie tray and cut into bars or squares.
- Store the chocolate in the refrigerator to prevent it from melting. Enjoy x M