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Raw cacao ‘no chocolate’ chocolate

raw chocolate

I’ve been trying to make home made chocolate for a while, but it always felt like it would be complicated. Stop what you’re doing right now and listen…. it isn’t. It couldn’t be easier to make! Vegan friendly and dairy free, and it tastes (I think) better than chocolate – no guilts.

Cacao has loads of health benefits, so making raw chocolate gives you back so much more than just cutting out the refined sugar and fats of normal chocolate.

  • Raw cacao has four times the antioxidants as dark chocolate
  • No fats from milk or sugar being mixed in
  • It’s anti immflamatory so great for your heart
  • It’s packed with vitamins to help your hair and nails
  • There’s a load of happy minerals in cacao including potassium (move over bananas!)

These raw chocolates are made by mixing cacao butter and powder back together. When the cacao nut is processed to make chocolate, the powder is removed and mixed with other ingredients like milk and sugar to form chocolate. The butter is what is squeezed from the nut in the process. So by making this chocolate you’re putting the natural ingredients back together!

Items you’ll need

  • Saucepan
  • Heat proof bowl
  • Chocolate mould
  • Fridge
  • Blender (optional)

Ingredients

  • 250g cacao butter
  • 100g cacao powder
  • 4tbs agave syrup
  • 75g chopped up hazelnuts (optional)

Boil some water in a pan and place the heat proof bowl over the top. Melt the cacao butter.

Once melted, add the powder and agave and mix well until all lumps are gone. Remove from the heat.

Mix in the nuts if you’re choosing to include them, and pour into your moulds. Put into the freezer and leave to set for a few hours.

The chocolate will be solid at room temperature, but I prefer to keep in the fridge until I’m ready to eat them.

Imagine pulling these out at a dinner party – your guests would be so impressed!

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