This year, the kids will be able to hunt for healthy chocolate eggs! And I can invite other children to our Good Friday party and not have to try offer them alternatives to chocolate, which usually end up being cheap little plastic toys. Yuck!
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My sister has been suggesting I make these chocolates for years. I finally got around to buying some cacao butter and was able to make some in time to present them to my husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. Well done, me.
(Cacao butter is also great for making homemade lip-balm and other goodies, by the way.)
You can be creative with these chocolates: add things like nuts, dried berries, mint essence, and anything else you like. These Easter-egg-shaped chocolates I made contained whole hazelnuts and crushed almonds. With the left-over chocolate that couldn’t fit into the moulds, I made truffles: I just left the chocolate to harden in the bowl, then scooped spoonfuls out, shaped them into balls, and rolled them in various things. I tried coconut sugar, baobab powder, and milled seeds. The baobab-covered ones were the best – it added a lovely fruity flavour.
The recipe is very easy. I managed to make these chocolates while my 5-month-old had one of her 30 minute naps. My 3-year-old helped a bit at first, but once I moved on to the stove, she had to stand by and watch.
All you need is a cup each of cacao butter, cacao powder, and coconut oil, and some maple syrup!
The moulds I used were bought on special at M&S, but these ones from Amazon seem to be very similar.
Healthy Homemade Chocolates
Deep, dark, melt-in-the-mouth chocolates that are quick and easy to make, and good for you!
- Prepare your silicone chocolate moulds with nuts, berries, or any other dried things you like, or add them in afterwards (if using essence, add that when you add the maple syrup).
- Chop cacao butter into bits and melt in a bowl over some simmering water along with the coconut oil.
- Once the oil and butter have melted completely, stir in the cacao powder a little at a time until beautifully smooth.
- Take the bowl off the hot water and mix in the maple syrup (and a few drops of essence, if using).
- Pour into the moulds and leave in the fridge until set. Once hard, remove from moulds and keep in a suitable container.
You can also use this recipe to make chocolate truffles. Allow the chocolate to cool in a bowl, then use a teaspoon to scoop the chocolate into balls. Roll them in a powdered thing of your choice. Things like coconut sugar, milled seeds, and Baobab Superfruit Powder. The baobab powder was the best in my opinion – it gave the chocolates a lovely fruity flavour.
This recipe was passed on to me by my talented and healthy sister. You can check out some of her talents on her Facebook page: The Social Post.