A month of eating vegan-style has lead me to find some creative recipes for some old-time favourites. One of my favourites is this chocolate recipe. It only has 4 ingredients, unless you want extra flavours, is ‘raw’ and you don’t need much of it to satisfy cravings. I’ve adapted the recipe from Dr Libby Weaver’s recipe from her book ‘Real Food Chef’.
100g cacao butter
1/2 cup cacao powder, finely sifted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla essence (depending on taste)
Peppermint oil, lavender oil, orange zest etc are optional for flavouring.
In a glass bowl resting above a saucepan with simmering water, melt the cacao butter. Take off the heat and set aside until the melted cacao butter is lukewarm temperature. Once butter has cooled, add the maple syrup and vanilla essence and stir until well mixed. It may look a little grainy but this is perfectly fine. If you want to make difference flavoured chocolate, add flavouring now. I like the Doterra oils for quality and potency (I used 4-5 drops but alter according to taste). Make sure any oil you use is food grade. Use your imagination and have some fun!
Add the sifted cacao powder and mix well. Place the glass bowl containing the mixture back on top of the simmering water and stir until the chocolate is a runny consistency. This makes it easier to pour and produces lovely, shiny, well formed chocolates. Be careful not to overheat it though! Pour chocolate into silicone moulds and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours. And viola!