Desserts/ No added sugar/ Vegan

Raw Chocolate with Salted Almonds, Coconut & Tahini

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or rather who doesn’t love chocolate? I made this chocolate as a special treat for St Valentine’s Day and by sharing this recipe I would like to prove that a homemade chocolate is not as difficult to make and results are delicious(!). You can easily customize it, by adding your favourite fruits, nuts, seeds or anything else you fancy (pinch of chilli, coffee beans, shot of whiskey – why not?). Make it with love and share it with love!

Very often when I tell people about eliminating sugar from their diet, they think it’s impossible to live without sweet treats and snacks. However when you give up on eating refined sugar/processed food and switch to using natural sweeteners (like raw honey or maple syrup, in small quantities), your taste buds change/adjust and your organism naturally stops craving for a high sugary food. There is a whole culinary world of delicious cakes and treats made without refined sugar, using only natural ingredients and sweeteners, which are not only tasty, but also satisfying and nourishing.

This chocolate was made using: cacao butter, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt, almonds, coconut flakes, thaini and orange. Cacao powder (raw, unprocessed and unroasted) has many health and nutrition benefits, therefore chocolate can be our medicine! – It’s rich antioxidants, which lower inflammation, improve brain function, and reduce high blood pressure. Cacao has also mood enhancing properties, promotes heart health and aids in weight loss. It contains essential vitamins: A, B, E, as well minerals: Magnesium and Iron.

I encourage you to experiment with some other toppings, like walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds or goji berries. Tahini ‘sauce’ can be optional, but it adds a delicious accent to the overall taste, so I would definitely recommend to try it. To make the chocolate bar thiner use a bigger tray/dish or make a half of the portion. Enjoy it and share!

Raw Chocolate with Salted Almonds, Coconut & Tahini

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Serves: Makes 1 large chocolate bar

This homemade chocolate uses only natural ingredients, which makes it a nourishing snack or treat, will also make a perfect gift.

Ingredients

  • 100g / 1 cup cocoa butter
  • 50g / 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2,5 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 big pinches sea salt + 1 small pinch of seal salt flakes to sprinkle on the top
  • 60g / 3/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 100g / 3/4 cup blanched almonds, roughly chopped (leaving some few whole almonds)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp orange or lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Instructions

1

Line baking or ceramic dish with a baking paper. I used a loaf tin size around 12cm x 22cm. Spread evenly half of the coconut flakes and half of the almonds.

2

On a double boiler place cocoa butter and coconut oil, stir until melted. Add raw cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla, stir gently until combined.

3

Pour chocolate mixture into the prepared tin, place in the freezer for 20 minutes. (If you are using a bigger dish - the chocolate will be finer, so reduce the amount of time by half).

4

In a small bowl mix tahini, orange juice until smooth and runny. It needs to be a sauce like consistency to drizzle it on the chocolate. Depending how oily is the tahini, you may need to adjust the amount of juice.

5

Take chocolate from the freezer, sprinkle with remaining coconut flakes, almonds and a small pinch of salt flakes (optional). Drizzle tahini sauce on the top and place on the freezer for 1 hour.

Notes

Store in the fridge!

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