Are you a chocoholic? This is the recipe for you! Dairy and sugar free choccies are surprisingly easy to make, just don’t get any water in the mix! Mix up the flavour and add any dried berries, nuts or fruit that you like.
- Cacao Butter - 125 g, chopped (raw, organic)
- Xylitol - 1/3 cup
- Coconut Milk Powder - 50 g
- Vanilla Bean - 1, seeds scraped out (organic)
- Cacao Powder - 2 tablespoons (raw, organic) *(If you want the whole batch as 'milk choc' add an extra 2-3 tablespoons to the whole batch)
- Blueberries (Dried) - 3 tablespoons (organic)
- Place the cacao butter in a heat proof bowl over a hot water bath. Stir with a metal spoon until totally melted.
- In a small pan melt the xylitol, add the vanilla seeds. Using a metal whisk, mix the melted xylitol and vanilla seeds into the cacao butter, whisk until well combined.
- Continue whisking and slowly whisk in the coconut milk powder, continue to whisk until completely incorporated. *(If the chocolate seizes at any time as you have got some water in the mix, add a dash of hot water and continue whisking, the mix should return to being smooth.)
- Pour 1/3 of the chocolate into an appropriate mold or tin (I used a small heart tin).
- In a second mold, place the dried blueberries, then top with 1/3 of the chocolate.
- Whisk the cacao powder into the remaining chocolate until well combined and glossy. Pour the chocolate into the final mold.
- Allow the chocolates to cool at room temperature (unless the weather is rather tropical that day – then pop them into the butter section in the fridge).
- Remove from molds and serve (trying not to eat them all at once).
- Cacao is a rich source of antioxidants including epicatechin. These phytochemicals help to protect the body’s organs and cells against damage from oxidative stress.
- You can swap the blueberries for any other organic dried berries, fruit or nuts Throw in whatever you like the best. I used blueberries as they pack a nutritional punch while also being delicious.
- Using coconut milk powder adds creaminess to the chocolate and reduces the richness of the cacao butter which can be overwhelming (if you have been eating commercial chocolate which contains very little).
- Enjoy these chocolate treats with a lovely cup of organic white tea (or if you are feeling naughty try an organic shiraz) for an additional antioxidant boost!