Everyone loves sweet treats and almost everyone I know loves chocolate!
However, do you know that most chocolates in shops are filled mainly with processed sugars & artificial flavours? If you are looking for an option that is low in processed sugars & full of natural chocolate flavour, I’ve a recipe for you!
Pan for boiling hot water
Ceramic or metal bowl
Molds for chocolate to set
3/4 cup raw cacao powder (I use Big Tree Farms)
1/2 cup melted cacao butter (available from Balanced Living Cafe or Le Bono in Singapore, or from iHerb)
1/4 – 1/2 cup sweetener i.e. coconut palm syrup/ honey/ molasses (optional, to your taste)
1 tsp salt
Dried fruit or nuts (optional, to your taste)
1 drop essential oils (only from Young Living, and for flavouring; your choice but I favour peppermint, orange & cinnamon)
1. Bring water in the pot to a boil. Turn off heat and let it sit 2-5 minutes.
2. Cut cacao butter into small pieces and place in bowl. Place bowl in the pot of hot water. Ensure that no water gets in the butter as it will affect its consistency.
3. When butter is all melted, remove the bowl from the pot.
4. Measure out 1/2 cup of melted cacao butter & mix in with the cacao powder until the consistency is smooth.
5. Add the sweetener & salt, & stir well.
6. If you prefer some flavouring, add your choice of essential oil. Stir well. Alternatively, you can dip dried fruit and nuts in the chocolate, then place on a plate that has non-stick paper like baking paper.
7. Pour chocolate into mould. Refrigerate until it is solid.
Enjoy, and save some for me the next time you make some!