I made chocolate for my sweethearts this Valentine’s Day. I had all of the ingredients and have been wanting to make it for so long, and I am so glad that I did. It was easier than I ever could have imagined. Here are the steps and links to the ingredients that you will need:
First of all, get organized.
Gather all of the ingredients together that you will need, and place them in individual prep bowls.
Here is the basic formula and some optional add-ins that you may want to include.
• 1/2 cup cocoa butter
• 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
• 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
• 3 to 5 tbsp coconut nectar (or organic cane juice crystals, brown rice syrup, organic honey, maple syrup, etc.)
• lucuma powder (a low-glycemic sweetener, makes it kind of creamy)
• berry powders or greens powders
• raw cacao nibs
• goji berries or other dried berries
• raisins or chopped dates
• crushed nuts or seeds
• chili powder, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.
• essential oils like mint and orange
• vanilla powder or vanilla extract
Grate 1/2 cup of the cocoa butter.
Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
Measure out 1/2 cup raw cacao powder.
Measure out the minimum amount of sweetener that you will need. You can add more as needed.
Get ready any other ingredients that you may want to add in.
Place 1/2 cup cocoa butter and 1/2 cup coconut oil in a double boiler on low heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, place the ingredients in a glass bowl that is then placed in a shallow pan or bowl of hot water. Stir the oil and butter until it’s melted and combined.
If you’d like to add any other dry ingredients, stir them together with the raw cacao powder.
Add the dry ingredients to the double boiler with melted coconut oil and coconut butter. Stir continuously until smooth.
To sweeten the chocolate, pour in 3 tbsp coconut nectar (or sweetener of choice), taste and then add more as needed.
Add in anything else that you think would make it taste great: vanilla, essential oils, spices, etc.
Pour the melted chocolate on a pan, plate, ice cube tray or in chocolate molds. I like to use silicone ice cube molds or mini cupcake holders. Place the chocolate in the fridge or freezer for 30 to 60 minutes until firm.
Enjoy this decadent treat and share the love with friends and family.