ANOTHER RAW CHOCOLATE RECIPE – SUPER EASY, SUPER QUICK, SUPER YUMMY
I discovered this recipe in a health magazine. It took me all of 10 minutes to make, and after 2 hours in the freezer, the chocolates were ready to eat, although it was just as delicious to lick the bowl! Double (or triple) the quantity to have extra. You need to serve and eat them straight from the freezer, as they go soft quickly when left outside. This recipes makes about 12 – 14 individual chocolates.
- 2 Tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 2 Tablespoons Tahini (or any nut butter, if you don’t like Tahini)
- 1 Tablespoon cold pressed coconut oil
- 2 – 3 Tablespoons raw honey or organic coconut blossom sugar or Erythritol*
- Optional: add one or a combination of chopped nuts, cacao nibs, natural vanilla, finely chopped chillies, a little coarse salt, goji berries, dried blue berries, finely chopped mint …. or whatever else you can imagine tasting good with chocolate.
- Blend all ingredients in power blender or food processor.
- Adjust sweetness to your taste.
- Pour into moulds or spread out on baking sheet
- Freeze for 2 hours
- If spread on baking sheet, cut into squares
- Serve directly from freezer
Many of you will have used or are using Xylitol as an alternative to sugar. However, Xylitol has its drawbacks, as it can cause bloating and even abdominal cramping if eaten in too large a quantity. But now this is a thing of the past, as we can buy Erythritol. It is also one of the group of so-called ‘sugar alcohols’ (without ethanol, so you don’t get drunk!), like Maltitol, Xylitol and a few others, but without the side effects.
Here are the main benefits: it has virtually no calories (compare: table sugar 4 calories per gram, Xylitol 2.4 calories per gram, Erythritol 0.24 calories per gram), looks and tastes like sugar (it has 70 % of the sweetness of sugar), does not spike blood sugar or insulin, does not feed bacteria in the mouth (some studies show it is beneficial for tooth enamel), does not cause digestive problems (unless you eat massive amounts in one go), long term studies show no harmful effects. To learn more, go to: http://authoritynutrition.com/erythritol/
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