Yummy Chocolate Super Food just in time for Valentines!
I’ve got issues when it comes to chocolate…let’s just say my love runs deep! Thankfully I prefer the organic dark variety that does have some nutrition to it and is not crazy high in sugar. Though combined with having two tweens in the house who’ve taken to baking it seems our cupboard is always full of sweets (ok kinda fabulous!). Unfortunately, when it comes to the abundance of chocolate and treats in our household the two grown-ups (Ma & Pa) have poor personal moderation skills. So I have recently explored making my own chocolate that is low in sugar and containing some smatterings of nutritional value. To my surprise it is incredibly easy to make quality vegan raw chocolate that offers super-food heath benefits and tastes amazing! I can make the following chocolate peanut butter cups in a flash while doing laundry, cooking dinner and/or helping with homework. I store them in the freezer for easy access and consume them with total exuberant joy and utter satisfaction! YUM!!
A double boiler or microwave
1 ½ cup organic raw cacao powder
¾ cup organic raw cocoa butter
Pinch of Himalayan (high mineral content) Sea Salt
½ cup quality peanut butter (fresh ground is best)
A couple tablespoons of maple syrup (adjust according to desired sweetness)
Mini cupcake liners
How to make:
*I use a bit of raw coconut oil because I always have tons but it’s not necessary OR you can substitute it for the cocoa butter if that’s what you have on hand.
Simply melt approximately ¾ cup cocoa butter in double boiler or Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave.
Remove from heat and add about 1 ½ cups cocoa powder, a few tablespoons of maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt then stir well.
Fill a tray with around 50 mini cupcake liners then fill them up about ¼ full with melted chocolate and pop into the freezer a few minutes until solid.
Remove tray from freezer and place a dollop of peanut butter over the cold chocolate then cover with the leftover chocolate.
Place back in freezer. I actually find storing them there to be the most ideal and they taste yummy cold.
This literally takes me 15 min to make.
Raw cacao- High in antioxidants, reservatrol, phenethylamine (feel good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love), Omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin C, Iron, amino acids and it is the highest whole food source of magnesium. There are many more compounds yet to be discovered in this live super-food!
Raw cocoa butter- Contains loads of C, E and B vitamins. Also this butter is high in oleic acid (like olive oil) and polyphenol which has numerous health benefits.
There you have it, organic and raw cacao peanut butter cups that give the candy version a run for their money! Speaking of money, some of the ingredients like the raw cocoa butter and raw cacao have a high price tag, however you can truly make a ton of chocolates with them. I’m already at 100+ peanut butter cups (yes I have issues!) and still have half a bag of cacao left so it’s worth every penny. I’m now having some Valentines Day inspirations….hmm..
Raw Cacao in it’s natural state (above) then ground up for super food consumption.