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Basic Raw Chocolate Recipe - Chocolate Barks And Spoons

Chocolate is good for you. It’s a fact. The thing about this health claim is that most people don’t know what real chocolate is. That stuff you buy in the sweets section of your supermarket is not chocolate. It is confectionery. This counts for most dark chocolate too. Real chocolate has all of it’s nutrients in tact because it’s raw and made from real cacao powder. It’s not loaded with butter, refined sugar and a bunch of preservatives you can’t pronounce. Real chocolate can improve circulation, it’s great for your heart and full of magnesium as well as a bunch of other great minerals. We could go on about the benefits all day, but all this talk of chocolate is making me want some! So where can you get this raw chocolate? The good news is it’s becoming more available than ever (thanks food bloggers and trendsetters), the bad news? It’s expensive. But as always, there’s a cheaper and healthier alternative - make it yourself! All you need is a few basic ingredients and boom! Homemade raw chocolate to satisfy any chocolate lover’s craving.. Here’s our recipe for deliciously healthy raw chocolate:

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Ingredients

* Basic Chocolate

* Raw cacao powder - 1/2 cup

* Melted coconut oil or cacao butter (120 grams solid) - 1/2 cup

* Maple/honey/coconut sugar - 1/4 cup

* Vanilla - 1 teaspoon

* Pinch of salt

Superfood Chocolate Bark

* 1/2 serving of basic chocolate

* Handful of superfoods of choice (e.g. bee pollen, goji berries, cacao nibs)

* Superfood Chocolate Spoon

* 1/2 serving of basic chocolate

* Handfuls of superfoods of choice (e.g. bee pollen, goji berries, cacao nibs)

Method

Basic Chocolate

* Whisk all ingredients together in a heat proof bowl over a bowl of hot water

* If using raw cacao butter first shave butter and melt in a small sauce pan on a very low heat or over a double boiler first

* Divide mixture into half

* Superfood Chocolate Bark

* Line a tray with baking paper

* Mix handful of superfoods of choice into the chocolate

* Spread thinly over the prepared tray

* Set in freezer for 15 minutes or fridge for 25 minutes or until set

* Break up into bark size pieces

* Enjoy! Store in airtight container in the fridge

Tip: Start building up your chocolate making cupboard. Stock up on raw cacao, coconut oil or cacao butter to make the mixture set, maple syrup or a refined sugar free sweetener of your choice for sweetness and vanilla and salt to give the chocolate that extra boost. Feel free to experiment by adding extra spices or things like fruits and nuts for extra texture.

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