These homemade chocolates are both a pleasure and a breeze to make. The base chocolate recipe contains a mere three ingredients, and is all done and dusted in less than 5 minutes! Then, you can get as creative as you like with molds and flavours.
But first things first, these treats are healthy!
Raw cacao is one of my pantry staples! It originates from the seed of the Thebroma Cacao Tree and unlike cocoa which is roasted at high temperatures, raw cacao is fermented, ground into paste and separated into powder and butter: both of which we are using in this recipe.
Raw cacao is a powerful antioxidant. Flavanols, the primary flavonoid in cacao beans and nibs, benefits cardiovascular health, improving blood flow to the heart and brain. Cacao contains theobromine, a mild energising stimulant helps with focus and alertness, and has a diuretic affect and therefore can help to detoxify the body. Phenylethylamine is a mood enhancer and a gentle antidepressant - which is why chocolate (the real deal chocolate, not the confectionery) makes you feel good. There's essential minerals to boot: magnesium (great for PMS), calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and Pantothenic acid.
Better yet, these chocolates contain no refined sugar, no dairy, and no random additives like soy and vegetable fat. It's Paleo, GAPS friendly, plant-based, clean, vegan, kid friendly and downright good for everyone!! You can either use maple, honey or go completely fructose free with rice malt syrup.
For the basic chocolate recipe, you'll need
This makes enough chocolates to share with at least 6 people.
Spice things up
Now for the fun part! Get in touch with your inner crafter and put together some amazing flavour combinations. Be careful as some, especially spices and essential oils, pack an extreme punch! Taste test everything! Here are a few of my favourites:
Some you will mix into the liquid chocolate, others you can sprinkle on top of semi-solid chocolate. Once you've finished, let harden in the fridge or at room temperature before removing from the molds.
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