When I was younger, one of my favourite chocolate bars was Dairy Milk’s fruit and nut chocolate.
My mother would buy my brother and me a bar to share almost every Saturday for a while, so we could all settle down and enjoy a movie while munching on our favourite snacks.
My movie snacks have evolved more in recent years. Don’t get me wrong: I really like the fruit and nut chocolate bar from when we were kids but it’s much too soft for me; I prefer the bitterness and richness of dark chocolate.
In recent years, I’ve been a big fan of raw chocolate. In the UK, there are a plethora of labels available, some of which I believe are superior to others. Despite the fact that raw chocolate has become more widely available in certain places, the bars may be expensive, so I choose to create my own raw chocolates to supplement my stockpile.
Raw chocolate is surprisingly simple to make; take, for example, my Raw Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hearts, which are both tasty and ready in a moment. Following the success of my first true venture into the world of homemade raw chocolate, I wanted to treat my taste buds once more and recreate a healthy version of my childhood favourite.
I don’t think I need to justify how delicious these organic chocolate goodies are because the photos do it for me…
I tried creating these twice, the first time using a whole slab of raw chocolate. The chocolate didn’t sit well for me, and the consistency was off in this regard. Using cupcake paper boxes, on the other hand, performs like a charm, and the chocolate has a lovely buttery feel. Raw chocolate is perfect for dairy-free diets, and it even contains many of those amazing antioxidants that will both improve your immune and battle free radicals.
These, like most of my recipes, are highly adaptable and can be tweaked to fit your personal tastes. If you can’t find dried blueberries, use raisins or even sultanas instead. For a slightly different flavour, I think salted almonds or candied walnuts will fit well.
In any case, you can get creative with this basic recipe and make them your own. Have fun making chocolate!
When you were younger, what were your favourite movie snacks? Do you have a favourite blend of chocolate flavours?
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Fruit and Nut Raw ChocolateCourse: Uncategorized
1 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or use cocoa powder)
2-3 tbsps coconut flower nectar (or agave nectar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp dried blueberries
2 tbsp hazelnuts
pinch of salt
- Mix the coconut oil, stir in the cacao powder, vanilla extract, and coconut flower nectar until well combined. Then, m ix in the dried blueberries, hazelnuts, and salt until thoroughly combined. Depending on the size of the cupcake cases, pour the mixture into 5-8 cupcake liners. Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours before eating.