How to make your own easy raw Easter chocolates!
April 6, 2017
The shops are full of choices but most are full of processed ingredients with little prank left. Raw chocolates are an obvious healthy alternativeve but are often very pricey (as the ingredients cost so much more). Why not try making your own raw chocolates this year? If you get some pretty silicone egg shaped moulds the results look very professional.
Why bother? Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:
- Magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
- Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
- Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
These nutrients found in raw chocolate have been linked to a number of health benefits. There is an interesting Ayurvedic view here. In a nutshell, this should be an occasional treat for all, and Vata types should avoid after lunchtime or sleep might be disturbed!
The basic recipe for making your own chocolate:
Melt 70g raw coca butter in a bain marie, then add 50g raw cacao power and 1 tbsp raw coconut oil. Add 2 tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener and mix well. Add by the spoonful into a silicon chocolate mould (from kitchen shop of Amazon) and allow to set in the fridge for a few hours before popping your shiny chocolates out. This makes a basic raw chocolate which is quite strong and dark.
And now for some chocolate alchemy!
After a few years of making the above, I am now experimenting with more superfoods. Take 45g raw cacao and melt with 35g coconut oil over a bain marie. Add 45g raw cocoa powder, 45 g Maca or Lucuma, 2 tbsp maple syrup or coconut sugar and a few drops of liquid stevia and a rich of Himalayan rock salt. Other optional things to add at this stage are: Ayurvedic herbs (eg: Ashwagandha, Shatavari), toasted nuts, raisins, gojis, almond essence, vanilla essence, rose essence, peanut butter. Add to the silicone mould as before. Let your creativity run wild but don’t add everything to one batch : )