So I love chocolate, you love chocolate, he loves chocolate, my cats love chocolate…well I mean, I’m sure they would love chocolate. Chocolate doesn’t need to explain itself, it always gets us, right when we need it, you know?
What would you say to the best DIY, quick, nutritious, vegan, create your own chocolate? uh, HECK YES! With very few ingredients and very little time you can create a nutrient rich snack that will help to keep your skin and hair healthy and your mind sane.
So what am I even talking about? Raw chocolate? Make it myself? What makes raw chocolate different than you average commercial chocolate bar?
The process for making chocolate is fairly simple: heat cacao beans, grind into a liqueur, add fat and sweeten.
The major difference between a commercial chocolate bar and raw chocolate is this: the cacao in raw chocolate is never heated above 45°C /113°F, unlike commercial chocolate which is roasted at 130°C/266°F, meaning all the anti-oxidants, enzymes and nutrients remain intact. So, since most commercial bars are slam packed with sugar, milk, saturated, hydrogenated fats and flavorings, raw chocolate is made up of just three or four simple ingredients; cacao (chocolate), cacao or coconut butter or oil (fat) and agave or maple syrup (sweetener) plus natural essential oils, berries and nuts for flavoring.
So as stated above the only ingredients you really need are:
- cocoa butter or coconut oil
- cacao powder or carob powder
- preferred liquid sweetener
BAM – That’s it! That is the base for this recipe. You can then add whatever else your sweet heart desires, sea salt, goji berries, nuts, really the list is endless. For this batch today I added cayenne pepper, cinnamon and chia seeds for a little crunch.
Put all ingredients into a bowl or large measuring cup and whisk until smooth.
(don’t mind my nails…)
That is the squiggly consistency you want.
Next, you are going to pour the chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet or into chocolate molds. At this point you can sprinkle anything onto the chocolate, (I sprinkled chia seeds on top). Then place that into the freezer or refrigerator until solid. It really does not take long at all – like we are talking less than 30 minutes. YES – exciting!
“Ma! The chocolate is almost done!!!!”
Once the chocolate is done hardening and you take it out of the freezer or refrigerator you can chop it up any way you would like. I prefer little squares or bars, then enjoy!
Store in the freezer or refrigerator.
Oh! The cleanup is super painless too. Only a few small dishes. #score
Okay – Happy healthy chocolate making! Don’t forget to be creative!
- ½ cup cacao powder or carob powder
- ½ cup melted cacao butter or coconut oil
- ⅓ cup preferred liquid sweetener
- Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth.
- Pour onto parchment lined baking sheet or chocolate molds.
- Put in freezer or refrigerator until solid.
Store in refrigerator or freezer.