Kick Start Ginger Goji & Pecan Raw Chocolate
Created by Mairi Taylor
Once you have made and tasted your own raw chocolate you will never touch a bar of chemically processed “chocolate” again!
These are the ingredients in my Raw Ginger Goji & Peacan Chocolate:
You can buy the raw cacao products through Mairi’s Amazon store .
1 cup (250g) Raw Cacoa butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup raw Cacoa powder
1 tbsp. maca powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp. manuka honey
pinch sea salt
2 thumb sized pieces of ginger peeled
1 cup pecan nuts
1 cup goji berries (you could use half cup cranberries and half cup goji)
If you would like to understand the difference between raw cacao and cocoa and the health benefits then visit https://iquitsugar.com/raw-cacao-vs-cocoa-whats-the-difference/
Mairi got into making raw chocolates about 12 months ago and my technique was fine tuned after attending The Explore Raw Cookery School in December 2014 http://exploreraw.com/cookery-school/explore-raw-cookery-school/
The ingredients used to flavour these chocolates are inspired by their Christmas Chocolate Bar.
So how do we make it?
Melt your Cacoa butter and coconut oil together in a jug over boiling water and once fully melted add to a blender
(I used my Fusion Booster you could use your Nutribullet or Vitamix or just a hand blender if that is all you have) with the Cacoa powder, 1 thumb of ginger, the maca, honey, salt and blend until you get a smooth glossy paste.
Pour the smooth glossy chocolaty paste into a large bowl – make sure you get every drop!
Roughly chop the pecans with the other thumb of ginger to blend the flavours together and add to the bowl with the goji berries and mix everything together for 5 minutes lifting the chocolate paste in the air as you mix.
For simplicity I simply line a small square baking tray with cling film and then pour the paste into the centre of the tin so it spreads out to the sides. You could obviously use chocolate moulds if you wanted to be fancy.
Once the chocolate is in the tray place in the fridge to set and then cut into squares and share if you dare!
This can be frozen for a weekly treat!
As David Wolfe says – WARNING –
eating cacao may cause you to have the BEST DAY EVER!
Goji berries – fountain of youth – boost immune function, increase alkalinity and vitality, provide liver protection , improve eyesight and blood quality, deliver anti-aging compounds and possess a number of additional standing qualities in the form of antioxidants.
Cacao – is the best natural food source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vit c and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, amino acids, serotonin, soluble fibre
Coconut – improve digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids, boost your immune system, and improve the absorption of the right kinds of calcium and magnesium for your cacao and their medium chain fatty acids support the immune system, the thyroid gland the nervous system, the skin and provide fast energy.
Ginger – has been referred to as “the king of anti-inflammatory foods” and is incredibly useful for any inflammatory problems in the body from rheumatoid arthritis to easing muscle pain after strenuous activity and exercise. The reason it is such a powerful anti-inflammatory is because it contains compounds or essential oils called gingerols that help to interrupt the inflammation process.
Pecans – Pecan nuts are rich source of energy, and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
So a completely different product to the mass produced bars that have all the opposite effects to these chunks of gorgeousness!
p.s if you like these – why not check out our Sweet Treats and Savoury Surprises in our shop under
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