Raw chocolate is something I’ve wanted to try making for years, but for some reason never got around to it. When Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury kindly sent me a parcel of their fabulous healthy ingredients to make some Easter treats with, I had no excuse not to try to make some chocolate – and I’m so glad I did, I don’t know what took me so long!
I wanted to make a basic raw chocolate recipe a little different, so added a small amount of my favourite almond butter, and some of Indigo Herbs’ amazing vanilla powder for a sweet vanilla kick! I was so pleased with the results – delicious and moreish, they almost disappeared before I could take photographs of the finished products, and I made batch no. 2 the very next day!
50g raw cacao butter
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp organic agave syrup
1 heaped teaspoon almond butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
Melt the cacao butter gently in a glass bowl or jug over a pan of hot water. I used a glass jug as it was then easier to pour the mixture into the chocolate mould.
Once the cacao butter has completely melted, remove from the heat and add all of the remaining ingredients and stir until the mixture is smooth.
Slowly pour the mixture into your chocolate mould, and put into the freezer for an hour or so until set.
I used a mini Easter egg mould which I purchased from Ebay. As I had some mixture left over, I poured it into a mini tupperware pot, to make a chocolate bar! To make the chocolate bar a little more interesting, I topped it with a sprinkling of goji berries.
And on my second batch, I topped my chocolate bar with some coconut sugar for an extra sweet crunch!
So what’s so great about raw chocolate? Indigo Herbs says…
The Raw Cacao Bean is really very good for you, as it is plentiful in beneficial phyto-nutrients, however much of this goodness is destroyed when the bean is roasted. Raw Chocolate remains packed with these feel good nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants, and this confectionary is not only delicious but also nutritious.
You can purchase all you need to make raw chocolate, including an Easter Raw Chocolate Gift Set from www.indigoherbs.co.uk
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