As coconut oil was this week’s ingredient of the week, I thought I’d share with you another one of its special and amazing uses – it makes the most delicious base for home-made chocolate. There are many ways to make raw chocolate and most recipes call for Cacao Butter, which can be quite difficult and costly to get hold of but this recipe couldn’t be more simpler – There are only 4 ingredients required and all are now a staple part of my shopping list (the raw cacao being the most specialist but a large bag of Choc Chick will last you for ages). The worst part is waiting for the chocolate to set!
As there is no sugar whatsoever, it is an incredibly ‘healthy’ way to enjoy a chocolate fix. There are lots of ‘healthy’ raw chocolate bars on the market with ingredients lists as simple as this, although they are hideously expensive (think upwards of £3 for a 50g bar) so until now eating raw chocolate had been a real luxury. Be warned that ‘healthy’ chocolate is still chocolate so if you’re going to eat the entire lot, and eat it every single day I’m not going to promise that you won’t get fat…
Ingredients (makes 10 truffles)
- 2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons raw honey
- 4 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt the coconut oil along with the honey.
- Once the oil has all melted, add the vanilla extract and stir in the cacao powder till there are no lumps.
- Spoon into moulds. You can purchase chocolate moulds especially for this purpose but I have just bought a pink silicone ice cube tray (below) in the shape of orange segments for £1.50 in Sainsbury’s and it’s perfect for this! You could also do blobs on baking parchment or a clingfilm lined bowl.
- Either freeze for 30 mins or refrigerate for longer. Personally I like my chocolate really cold so the freezer method is my method of choice. I keep them stored in the freezer.
- Try not to eat too many… It’s not easy…