With Easter just around the corner, I’d like to share with you my favourite recipe from my forthcoming raw chocolate cookbook.
Who would have thought you could eat raw chocolate, that is gluten free, dairy free and the best part, guilt free. Since discovering the health benefits of raw chocolate five years ago, I have not looked back.
Each day is a chocolate day in my house, and it regulates my metabolism which assists with weight loss; it is the richest source of magnesium out of any food, high in zinc, copper and chromium and is the richest source of disease-fighting antioxidants.
Build your immune system, while relieving stress in the body, through adding raw cacao to every day recipes.
Raw chocolate truffles are the first chocolate treats I discovered how to make, and I’ve had so much fun developing this basic recipe ever since.
Just with subtle changes to the flavour, I have not only satisfied my sweet tooth, but I have broken the habit for shop bought confectionary and discovered for myself just how advantageous to my health eating treats such as raw truffles are.
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup agave syrup or to taste)
- 1/2 cup coconut butter (the butter needs to be melted, heat over a bowl of hot water until runny)
You can add some essence of your favourite flavours, such as rose water, orange blossom, lavender or mint to the mixture.
- Add a few drops of your favourite essence to enhance the flavour of your chocolate. I work with mint, rose water, orange blossom, black pepper, chilli and my Mum’s all-time favourite, ginger.
- Blend all the ingredients together, until smooth, if not smooth, place over the hot water again or pop back over your bowl of hot water until totally smooth and place in the fridge for an hour, or until completely set.
- Scoop a teaspoon of the mixture into a spoon and mould into balls.
- Roll in cacao powder, or coconut flakes for a Bounty-like taste, or – one of my favourites – bee pollen for extra super food yumminess.
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