Raw chocolate is a wonderful treat that can also boost your health!

Raw cacao is known to….

  • Improve gut health
  • Help to regulate blood sugar
  • Improve mood
  • Promote healthy skin with its zinc and essential fatty acids
  • Aid weight loss
  • Eliminate sugar cravings

It has an ORAC value of over 90,000 and is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and sulphur. Recent research showed that raw dark cacao increases beneficial bacterial strains such as Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli and decreases strains of unbeneficial bacteria species. So start making the yummiest treat in less than 10 minutes!

PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes

SERVINGS: 22 x 10g servings

NUTRITIONAL VALUE (10g serving size)

58 calories, Protein 0.6g, Fat 5.5g, Sat Fat 3.7g, Carbohydrates 2g, Fibre 0g

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 80g Raw cacao butter (chopped into small pieces)
  • 55g Raw dark cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds

EQUIPMENT

  • A glass (Pyrex) jug
  • Saucepan
  • Sifter
  • Chocolate mold (or tray with baking paper)
  • A small whisk/wooden spoon/hand blender
  • Spatula

METHOD

  1. Fill saucepan with 2-3cm water, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Place the cacao butter in the Pyrex jug, place the jug in saucepan and let it melt.
  3. Remove from heat and let it cool a little.
  4. Add maple syrup and coconut oil, mix well.
  5. Place the sifter on top of the jug and slowly sieve cacao powder a little at a time, blending each time.
  6. Add flaked almonds and mix well.
  7. Carefully pour into the molds/or a shallow tray (lined with baking paper) and gently shake to settle the chocolate.
  8. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours.

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