Raw Chocolate Delights

December 20, 2009

I am not a fan of a raw foods diet in the winter months (it just doesn’t make sense when I need to keep my body warm). But a small amount of dessert made with raw chocolate is compelling, satisfying and high in anti-oxidents!

I have been researching Raw Chocolate Truffles to make with Teresa and Gina tomorrow. The plan is to meet at Gina’s with 2 dessert recipes and ingredients for each of us and we’ll cook lots of yummy, organic, gluten-free, dairy free, naturally-sweetened desserts for our families to enjoy this week. Here is a site called the SunnyRawKitchen with many other raw cacoa recipes.

My plan for Truffles, designed after Nance Pettit’s truffles:

Chocolate Truffles

Inside ingredients:

1 C Cocoa powder (raw powder is high in anit-oxidants)

½ C Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3 T Agave

2-3 T mint tea infused coconut milk

4 drops Peppermint Oil

Pinch seasalt

Outside ingredients:

Repeat with  ½ C Coconut Butter instead of Coconut Oil

Making the inside layer:

Slowly melt coconut oil in jar in bowl of hot water or on a low temp on stove top

Add agave or other sweetener

Add peppermint

Add Raw Cocoa powder and stir out all lumps.

Optional: can also put in handful cocoa nibs or pinch of cayenne, dried fruit…

Cool to room temp and spread in flat container. Cover and put in fridge or freezer.

Making the outside layer:

Repeat, substituting coconut butter, without the peppermint or other options.

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