We all know Easter leads to chocolate – and lots of it. I try not to eat processed sugar due to the negative affects it can have on your body – but trying to communicate this to kids is hard! I promise that raw, healthier chocolate can still live up to conventional chocolate standards for kids, you just have to introduce it to them. The recipe I share below is for a basic chocolate, but there as so many things I have listed that you can add to mimic your children’s favourite chocolate this Easter.
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What you need:
- 250g Cacao Butter (finely chopped)
- 2 Cups Cacao Powder
- ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
What you need to do:
- In a double boiler, or bowl and saucepan, warm cacao butter until completely melted, stirring to quicken the process.
- Make sure that the butter only reaches 41 degrees.
- Whisk in the cacao powder first, then stir in the salt and vanilla.
- Add the maple syrup last as this will thicken the chocolate.
- Transfer the bowl into cold water with ice pack or cubes and stir until the mixture reaches 27 degrees.
- Transfer back to the double boiler and stir until the mixture reaches 31 degree – this will not take long at all.
- Add any additional flavouring (see below) and pour into molds.
- Refrigerate for a minimum of an hour or until completely solid.
Quick tips for kid favourites:
- You can add a variety of things to make your kid’s favourite chocolate: cacao nibs, coconut and goji berries, inca/golden berries, dried fig, green powders, spirulina, acai powder, matcha powder, vanilla pistachio, lemon and lucuma or mesquite.