‘I know very few people who don’t like to have some chocolate every now and then. The Maya believed that cacao, which is the basis of chocolate, was discovered by the gods and would hold an annual festival in celebration of this ‘gift’. Cacao comes from the cocoa plant.
Raw cacao is an almost complete food in itself. It is packed with more than 300 chemically identifiable compounds, and is higher in antioxidants than green tea and red wine. It also contains protein, fats, calcium, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, and magnesium, which are all essential for the correct functioning of the brain. Cacao also contains caffeine, which means that a piece of raw chocolate will give you a similar kick to that of coffee, but in a much healthier way.
Some of the benefits you may experience when eating raw chocolate include increased sex drive and feeling happier, which make it one of the most perfect comfort foods.
I’m going to share with you a recipe for making your own raw chocolate, where you can play with the flavours to suit your own taste. I buy most of my raw chocolate ingredients online.
1 cup raw cacao butter
1 cup raw cacao liquor or raw cacao powder
½ cup liquid sweetener of your choice, for example: maple syrup, coconut nectar, sunroot sweetener, honey or agave. (You can also use stevia drops, but then you only need about 60 drops or so for this recipe).
¼ teaspoon salt
A few drops of a flavour essence of your choice. My favorites are the potent extracts from Medicine Flower.
Melt the cacao butter and the cacao liquor in separate glass bowls over hot water. If you have a dehydrator, you can melt them in there as well. When melted, mix everything together in one bowl and pour into a chocolate making silicone moulds. I like to put mine in the fridge or the freezer for few minutes, that way they firm up quicker and easily come out of the mould.
If you want to add some more flavours and texture to your chocolate, sprinkle over some of your favorite dry fruits, berries, nuts, seeds or coconut.
I like to put goji berries, mulberries, raisins, coconut flakes and hemp seeds into mine, but I encourage you to experiment with it.
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All photos: Alexandra Kristjansdottir