Since discovering raw chocolate, I have wanted to have ago and make my own. After ordering some cacao butter and raw cacao powder in my Goodness Direct order the other week I finally did.
There are so many different raw chocolate making recipes on the internet that it can be a chore trying to work out which one is best to use. At one point I was thinking about buying a raw chocolate making kit from Choc Chick as I had seen it on Goodness Direct but decided against it when I saw their very simple recipe for raw chocolate on their website.
Another raw chocolate recipe which I thought was pretty straight forward and great was on Elements for Life. They are both pretty much the same, but the Choc Chick version suggests adding salt to the chocolate which I omitted due to the salted caramel layer.
To make the hearts it couldn’t be simpler…
Make the raw chocolate from your chosen recipe and pour into silicon heart shape ice cup moulds just 1/3 of the way up. You don’t have to make them as hearts just use whatever you have at home. You can even use silicon cupcake cases or even a baking ray lined with cling film and just make one large slab of yumminess.
Place the chocolate in the freezer to set for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile to make the salted caramel layer:
Recipe adapted from this fab recipe
2 tbsp melted organic coconut oil
2 tbsp of smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp of lucuma powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp Sweet Freedom Sweetener
3 tsps of Rock Salt
Once all of the ingredients are prepared mix them all together in a bowl until well combined and smooth. Then pour into the moulds so that they should be 2/3 of the way full, which includes the initial layer of raw chocolate that has now set. Place the moulds back in the freezer until the caramel layer is set.
When the caramel layer is ready then fill the moulds up to the top with the remaining raw chocolate. Put back in the freezer and allow the last of the chocolate to set.
Mine came out with a speckled top which maybe due to the crystallisation of the sugars but I quite like the look of them this way and it certainly doesn’t take away from the taste.
When the chocolates are set turn out of the moulds and admire their deliciousness, ‘cos I know I did! Enjoy!
The salted caramel layer is so smooth and creamy until you come across a grain of the salt. You don’t want to these to be too salty it’s really just for a hit of flavour- think of Lindt Touch of Sea Salt or giant salted pretzels. There is just a random hit of salt and not an overload, which I personally prefer.
I had a load of the salted caramel and raw chocolate left over so I decided to make some more chocolates with a thicker caramel layer a thinner raw chocolate layer and put an almond in the centre for some extra bite.
For my first try at making raw chocolate I don’t think I did a bad job at all. These are heavenly and probably one of the tastiest things that I have made in a while. Luckily I now have plenty in the freezer to keep me going for a while.
Have you tried making your own raw chocolate before?
What would you put in your own homemade raw chocolate?