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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 7 – Raw Vegan Chocolates

Published December 26, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Raw Vegan Chocolates

Hand-made, raw vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free chocolates; healthy and full of superfoods. Nothing could be finer!

Basic Recipe:

20g Cacao Butter

20g Coconut Butter

(You can use all Cacao Butter if you prefer.)

1/2 cup Cacao Powder

1/4 cup Raw Agave Nectar or Raw Honey

(Raw Honey and Lucuma is a heavenly combination!)

1 pinch Sea Salt (optional, but does bring out the flavour!)

Additions:

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper for Chilli Chocolates

1 extra pinch sea salt for Salty Chocolates

A pinch of Cardamom Powder for Exotic Chocolates

Substitute 1 spoon of Cacao Powder for 2 spoons Cacao Nibs for Crunchy Chocolate

Substitute 1/2 the Cacao Powder for Lucuma Powder for Milk Chocolates

Experiment with your own spice combinations for Your Signature Chocolates!

Method:

Melt the butters in a bowl over hot water or in a bain marie.

Add the Agave Nectar and stir using a whisk.

Add the Cacao Powder slowly, still mixing.

Add the salt and any additions and stir thoroughly until smooth.

Fill silicone ice moulds and place in freezer until set.

Turn out the chocolates and arrange delightfully. Watch them quickly disappear as the faces of your guests take on a rapturous glow!

 

 

The 12 Days of Yule – Day 3 – Date and Walnut Truffles

Published December 22, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Date & Walnut Truffles

These little guys are so easy, with only 5 ingredients… and so ver moorish.

Makes about 8 truffles, but scale up the quantities to make more.

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight

1/2 cup dates, soaked

3 dsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 pinch salt

Method:

Put everything into the food processor and process until smooth.

Shape into small balls and dehydrate for a few hours unti the outside is crisp.

Keep in fridge or freezer until you want to eat them.

Try to save some for later…

Super Flapjack

Published March 14, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

These are popular with adults and children alike… well they are here anyway!

Ingredients

1 cup cashew nuts

1 cup goji berries

4 cups whole oats

1 dsp hemp protein powder

1 dsp baobab powder

1 dsp honey

3 dsp agave nectar

2 dsp melted coconut oil

Method

Soak cashews and goji berries for an hour

Drain and add the rest of the ingredients

Spread into a tray and score with a pizza cutter

Place in freezer until firm

Keep in the fridge. Will last a couple of weeks if kept covered.

Brownies’ Honour

Published March 12, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Honestly, these brownies taste divine! And they are a snip to make!

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Ingredients

1 cup dates

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1 dsp/tbsp honey

1 tsp cinnamon

1 pinch sea salt

Method

Mix everything together in a food processor (with S-blade) until a fairly smooth (with a few nutty lumps) texture is reached.

Spread out in a silicone square cake pan and dehydrate for 1 hour.

Turn out, cut into 6 “fingers” and dehydrate a further 2-3 hours to create a crispy outside, leaving the centre soft and creamy.

Alternatively, try freezing the mixture in the pan, scoring the bars first and enjoy after a few hours’ firming in the cold.

Decadent Valentine’s Treat

Published February 14, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Raw Chocolate Coated Strawberries.

I’m sure no explanation or preamble is required.

Ingredients:

8-10 ripe strawberries

2 dsp coconut oil

1 dsp manuka honey

3 dsp raw cacao powder

Method:

Melt the oil and honey in a bain-marie

Add the cacao powder and stir in until a rich chocolate is reached. Use a whisk if you have lumps.

Dip strawberries into the chocolate.

Place on a plate and put in freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden.

Enjoy with a loved one on the night of love. ♥

Nuts About Chocolate

Published January 11, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Remember that chocolate nut spread we had as kids? I expect they still make it, but here’s my healthy raw chocolate version:

Chocolate Nut Spread

Equipment: Blender

Ingredients

1 cup almond pulp (from making nut milk)

2 dessertspoons raw cacao powder

3-4 dessertspoons agave, maple or stevia syrup or 1 banana

1cm vanilla pod, very finely chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch sea salt

Water to blend (about 1/2 – 1 cup)

Method

Mix everything thoroughly in a blender. If you use a high speed blender, your mixture will be very smooth and creamy; if you use a regular blender, your mixture will be more grainy. It will still taste good!)

This is great as a chocolate spread – on breads, crackers, other people… oh sorry, I got carried away there!

Just enjoy all the chocolaty goodness, eh?

 

Raw Chocolate: Raw Passion

Published January 11, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

It’s a but early for Valentine’s Day, but there’s nothing wrong with getting in a bit of practice, I say.

Here’s a delicious raw-cacao-rich chocolate bar for you to share (or covetously eat all yourself, if you so prefer…)

Raw Chocolate Passion

Equipment: bain-marie, hotplate, bowl, chocolate/cake mould

Ingredients

2oz coconut cream

2oz cocoa butter

1 passion fruit

2 dessertspoons (tablespoons) goji berries

1 dessertspoon (tablespoon) ground almonds

1 dessertspoon (tablespoon) maca powder

1 dessertspoon (tablespoon) raw carob powder

1 dessertspoon (tablespoon) raw cacao powder

1 dessertspoon (tablespoon) raw cacao nibs

 

Method

Melt the coconut and cocoa butters in a double boiler or baine-marie

Soak the goji berries in water

Remove the seeds and pulp from the passion fruit

Mix all the dry ingredients together

Add the melted butters and stir in thoroughly

Pour into a mould (I use a silicone cake mould because it is easy to remove the chocolate when it’s cooled)

Cut into squares and place in fridge to cool (or freezer if you’re in a hurry!)

When it’s cool. remove the chocolate from the mould and snap into pieces. Then eat!

Add the fruits to the dry ingredients and stir until it starts to clump

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