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Raw Chocolate Recipe


*** It’s vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, guilt free and safe to feed your grandparents… (not that you’ll want to share with anyone though). ***


Yummmmmmo!!!

Sometimes the chocolate cravings can hit at any stage in our household. Almost enough to cause concern, but not enough to not worry about…

So there I was one morning, my partner was pregnant with baby H & we both had a strong hankering to get some chocolate into us. So instead of heading to the shops to get some from the shelf, I went to the pantry stood there for a minute (or 10) and had a look what i had. When I started to grab things out, I thought to myself “i’m going to give this a go myself, I have no idea what it’s going to taste like and I could waste ingredients but i’m going to give it a crack!” Then i said “What’s the worst that could happen?” (Other than disappointing my pregnant partner and having to do a run to the shops).

This recipe is what I managed to rustle up and we were blown away with how delicious they were in the end. It’s simple and it ticks all the boxes if you are looking after your health whilst still wanting to stuff your mouth with choccy goodness!


These can be put in the freezer and stored for those days when you just need a hit. They can also be eaten straight from the freezer because once they hit your mouth and melt there is no turning back. I’ll let you be the judge of that though!


I'm certainly no Gordon Ramsay in the presentation department, but the taste makes up for it!


Happy Wife Bites - Raw Chocolate 

Servings: 15-20

Time: 10 mins

Difficulty: easy


200 g raw cashews 

1/4-1/2 cup of raw cacao powder

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

30 g raw cacao butter

1/4 cup fine desiccated coconut

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (i used this one)

pinch or two of sea salt

2 tsp raw honey (or vegan sweetener of choice to taste)

2-3 tbsp coconut oil


Method:

1. Soak/activate the raw cashews for 6 hours in spring water with 1-2 pinches of sea salt. For more info about activating your nuts click HERE.


2. Drain the cashews, rinse off and dry off excess water. If you are making the recipe straight away and consuming within 2-3 days or freezing you can skip the next step. Lets face it though once you taste these, they won’t last that long!


3. If planning to store these for more than 3 days (good luck), dry the cashews in the oven at no more than 60 degrees celsius for 10-12 hours or use a dehydrator to dry the nuts for the recommended times.

Picture: Step 4 - Cashews blended on high.


4. Add cashews to blender and blend on high to create a fine powder/flour feel (if nuts dry) or paste (if nuts are not fully dry).


5. Add cacao powder, protein powder, vanilla bean paste, half of the honey, cacao butter (melt first if not using a Thermomix or similar), desiccated coconut & salt.


6. Blitz on high speed for 2-5 secs.


7. Mix at a slow to medium speed for 3-6 mins whilst adding in the rest of the honey and coconut oil. If the coconut oil or cacao butter is not melting through the mixture, you will need to warm it up slightly to get it warm & melt together.


8. Once all mixed in to an even consistency (there will still be a gritty texture), spoon mixture into molds small enough for little treats you would give to your 99 year old grandma who is watching her waistline. Place in the freezer and allow to set for at least 20 mins before eating (if you didn’t already sneak a few spoons in like i do every time).

Step 5
The finished product! Chocolate heaven!!!

I really hope you enjoy this recipe and please comment below when you try it. I would love to know your thoughts on it and any adjustments that you may make as well.

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Thanks

Glen Lomman

Brighton Group Fitness & PT

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