Going for a Christmas dinner but got nothing to give the host? Don't sweat it, we got you covered: Homemade natural (kind of raw) Chocolate. Best part is that you might already have all the ingredients at home!
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED:
– Coconut oil
– A pinch of salt
– Sweetener: Ricemalt/marple syrup/honey/stevia/or other *optional
You can also add some cacao butter to make it a bit more richer and also last longer out of the freezer.
Now to the fun part, the toppings. You can use whatever you like here, some fun combos that we like are:
– Coconut flakes, chopped nuts (almonds, macadamia or cashews are good - maybe a mix)
– Hazelnuts, orange extract.
– Almonds and goji berries.
– Almond butter, raspberries and coconut flakes.
– Our current favorite: dried figs, walnuts and maybe a sprinkle of honey.
THIS IS WHAT YOU DO:
If your coconut oil already is fluid or semi fluid you can just mix in desired amount of cacao (depending on how strong you like it) until its smooth, if it's hard put it in the microwave for about 15-20 sec. If you're using cacao butter you heat it on a plate over a pot with water until fluid. Add in a little salt and if you like a sweetener. You can also add in any ingredients that you like to be through the chocolate too, like coconut flakes, chopped nuts, peppermint extract etc.
We like either to make Chocolate bark or pralines:
For bark: Put some parchment paper on a plate or tray, simply pour the chocolate on top of it and decorate with desired toppings.
Pralines: We like to use rubber ice trays (you can get them at IKEA). Option to add a little topping in the bottom of the shape - like a goji berry or maybe a nut. Pour about half of the chocolate into all the little shapes and then add "toppings" you'd like in the middle (nut butter goes well in here).
Then it just goes into the freezer until solid (store in the freezer). Done!
Wrap it in some nice parchment paper and wrapping paper and gift all your friends!
PS. You'll want to keep it cool (in freezer) so make sure that you don't leave it out in room temperature for too long. A cooler is a good way to transport them.