Have you ever wondered what to do with the bowl after you have poured out all of your chocolate? Well yes of course you could just eat it, or have the children lick out the bowl. When making raw chocolates, figuring out to do with the little bit of leftover is just as FUN!
If you have never made raw chocolate I highly recommend it. I know not everyone believes in raw chocolate, however I do! To me there is nothing better to get your creative spirits soaring in the kitchen than a little raw chocolate. I actually find that making raw chocolates is like play for me. It allows me to eat the most amazing food but it also lets my creative side come out.
So this week my daughter was very determined to get me to make raw chocolates with her on a school night. It was already getting late and it had been a pretty busy days so I was kind of hesitating for a few seconds. However she is one determined 5 year old. So we got the bowls and whisk out and the cacao butter and cacao powder out, some sweetener and the one mould that we still have left, hence the ice cube tray shaped chocolates
1 Cup of Cacao Butter melted gently and at low temps. Either in the dehydrator or stick your bowl with cacao butter into a larger bowl with warm water.
1 Cup or less of Cacao Powder (We like ours strong so we use the full cup, but you can use less around 3/4 cups)
2-5 tbs of your sweetener of choice
Pinch of salt
Optional( flavour, nuts, seeds, dried berries, flavoured oils like peppermint, mesquite, lucuma….)
This makes a basic raw chocolate in it’s simplest forms. Melt the cacao butter. Once all melted whisk in the cacao powder, sweetener, salt and any flavour. Make sure to whisk well and don’t get any water into the mixture or it will seize up on you.
In no time my daughter was pleased with our progress and although we had a bit of a sticky mess in the kitchen and chair it was worth it. We made a quick batch of raw chocolates and poured them into an ice cube tray and mould. We usually do super food chocolates and different flavours but today we kept it pretty basic.
One was kind of plain with some sweetener, lucuma and goji berries. That got put into the ice cube trays. If I must say Blyss did a pretty good job of making the chocolates below.
She is showing off her plate below.
Wait for the smile….
Then the we made some with orange zest in the chocolates and sprinkled on top.
Trust me the orange ones were gone in an instant.
So it is time to clean up now! What to do with that empty bowl with a little bit of chocolate stuck to the sides? Make chocolate covered almonds or goji berries. This time I added goji berries but found it too runny. So we added in a bit of hemp seeds and then some nut butter. Gave it a stir and put them on some parchment paper. Popped them in the freezer for 10 minutes and we had instant chocolate cookies. We added a pop of colour in the middle before we froze them.
Super fast and easy.
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