and other chocolatey treats….!
Ok. So what’s not to like here…? It’s Easter! Yay! That means a long weekend for lots of us which is always pretty fabulous. That usually also means fun, rest, sunshine (if we are lucky) and time with friends and family. It also means for many a time of religious and spiritual contemplation – with a focus on rebirth and renewal. My brother is getting baptised (as an adult) this weekend so we are super fuelled with ‘newness’ and family time here. Now Easter usually also means lots of chocolate! Particularly if anyone has been fasting or doing without chocolate for lent you may be particularly craving the stuff this weekend. But…. hang on. Wait a minute! Chocolate = not good… right..?!
Well. Wrong. Especially if you are talking about quality chocolate. High cacao content. Beautifully made chocolate. Oh and RAW chocolate, of course…! I love Booja-Booja chocolate (so yummy! go check them out!) they produce such wonderful organically produced local chocolate (not raw but amazing!) I also love all creations from Ooosha’s fabulous Amy Levin… she is a chocolate magician of the highest level!
But, did you know you can make gorgeous (and easy) chocolates yourself..? And unlike the crazy and wonderful Johnny Depp (oh I mean Willy Wonka) you don’t need a chocolate factory in your kitchen either! It IS possible to whip up some quality treats that don’t require magical skills, a fancy kitchen or outrageous ingredients for. Oh, and did I tell you that raw cacao is a superfood too..? Not that you need reminding of course, but check out what raw expert David Wolfe has to say about the stuff. I am totally on his team (there are lots of cacao non-fans especially in the world of raw because of its stimulant properties. I personally am in the pro-cacao camp).
Ok so let’s get back to talking about chocolate (hehe) and get some recipes going here.
Raw Chocolate Easter Egg Smoothie!
Ok so let’s crack this one (yeah sorry about all the egg yolks)… aka jokes….badabing….
For this fabulous easter egg in a glass you will need:
- 2 cups raw almond milk (or other nut milk)
- 1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 6-8 medjool dates
- 1 vanilla pod (or big pinch vanilla powder)
- 1 teaspoon lucuma (optional but gives depth of flavour)
- Raw coconut chips (or desiccated coconut) for decoration
- 1 banana
- 1 cup ice (or use a peeled frozen banana)
Whizz up in a blender and you’ve got a gorgeous chocolate easter egg in a glass for two! The difference is? This one is loaded up with superfoods and supergoodness and there’s no yucky processed sugar or dairy to be found! You can play with the recipe: add some greens and use carton almond milk if you are not making your own nut milks just yet. This recipe is based on my raw cacao smoothie from my ebook Raw7 – Juicing & Raw for Weighloss 7-day Plan.
Raw Chocolate Fruit & Nut Block
Ok so for this gorgeous block of choc you will need:
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- ¾ cup coconut oil (melt in baine marie if solid)
- ½ cup cacao butter (melt with coconut oil)
- 1 cup agave syrup, 50-75g almond powder
- 1 cup crushed raw pecans
- 1-3 dried red chilies
- thumb size fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp. lucuma powder
- ½ cup dried cranberries and sultanas
- pinch Himalayan salt:
Melt the oil and butter in a baine marie (a bowl over a boiling pan of water) do NOT heat the oil or use a microwave. Add all other ingredients except for almond, pecans and fruit, transfer to blender. Pour back into bowl and temper the chocolate. An easy way to do this is to ‘fold’ the chocolate with a spoon and hold the spoon in the air as you do it: get the chocolate aired and moving. Slowly fold in pecans and almond powder. Finally fold in the fruit. Set onto a baking tray lined with cling film. Whatever you place it on make sure it has a rim so the chocolate does not run wild! Put in the freezer for 2 hours or keep in the fridge to firm. Raw chocolate melts at room temperature so keep them cool. I love this awesome chocolate bar. It’s from my eBook A Raw Christmas.
Raw Chocolate Body Butter
If you love chocolate so much you want to smother yourself (or someone else!) in it then I hear you LOUD AND CLEAR! Why not try this gorgeous and fun Raw Chocolate Body Butter!?
- 1 cup cacao powder
- ½ cup coconut oil (warmed)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- pinch Himalayan salt
Blend and pour into a glass jar for later. This body butter is good enough to eat so make sure there’s plenty to go around! This raw delight as an absolute favourite from my ebook Raw Amour which is my most chocolatey ebook ever!
Have a super dooper Easter everyone and I hope you have lots of crazy-good-chocolate times! And, if you are not celebrating this weekend – why not just get out the chocolate. With recipes this good… why wouldn’t you..?!
Please leave your comments below! I would love to know what you think of these fabby choc recipes – and if you make them – how did you get on?
Keeping it juicy & raw!