So! Here’s the good news, chocolate is good for you! The real stuff that is. Most good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% and above) doesn’t contain any dairy and is packed with beneficial minerals and iron.
Raw cacao powder has nearly four times the antioxidant value of processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas. It is high in antioxidant flavonoids, and minerals; copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, and magnesium. When made at home you can make sure the mixture doesn’t get too hot which means it retains all this wonderful goodness! These are often referred to as ‘raw chocolates’ for that very reason (not overheated).
You can buy cacao powder in most large supermarkets now, and cacao butter can be bought online. The two brands I normally go for are Indigo Nutrition and Sevenhills Wholefoods.
Making your own chocolate guarantees that you know exactly what has gone into it and it’s great fun to do!
Healthy Raw Chocolates. Vegan. GF.Print This
- 60 g Raw cacao butter grated
- 60g Cacao powder
- 1 or 2 Tsp of Agave Syrup or Honey or Maple Syrup (add to taste)
Most large supermarkets stock cacao powder these days. To guarantee quality, buy cacao powder and butter online.
Absolutely key to this recipe is to not allow your chocolate to get too warm. Why?
- Over-heating kills the nutritional value
- Your mixture is likely to seize – which is the chef term for turning grainy
Place a squeaky-clean bowl over a saucepan of hot water (Bain marie). Bring the water almost to a simmer. Ensure no water touches the bowl or goes inside the bowl and do not allow it to boil! Grate the cacao butter, add to the bowl & allow to melt slowly. Just gently nudge it around the bowl with a clean spatula while it melts. Being careful to not let it reach boiling point just turn the heat off and give it a quick blast every so often if necessary.
Once melted, place the cacao powder in a sieve and sift into the butter to avoid lumps. Whisk in thoroughly with a balloon whisk or fork, until it starts to slightly thicken. You are going to need to be quick and sure with this. The chocolate should be shiny, runny & easy to pour.
Add you chosen to sweetener & stir in very thoroughly. It will thicken as you add it. Taste it and if you prefer it sweeter, add more, 1/2 tsp at a time, mixing thoroughly and tasting after each. Without sweetener it will be very bitter.
Don’t worry too much if it seizes first time around – it happens to everyone! Just start again.
Want to make different kinds of raw chocolate? You can add a little vanilla essence, cinnamon, crushed nuts, goji berries, salt etc. Go ahead and get creative!