Raw Chocolate 101
Yesterday I taught a raw chocolate class.... ah choccie - my favourite thing to eat, make, talk about, share with others ...etc etc... best thing in the world in my books!!!!
I believe everyone had a good time - how could they not? After a talk about the benefits and the ins and outs on how to prepare it, we moved to the kitchie to play! A big chocolate feast was enjoyed at the end of class - with so many leftovers that people took goody bags home.
So just what was on the menu? Cookies, cake, pie, pudding, sauce, smoothie, dark chocolate...
Choco Nana Shake
1 large frozen banana
1/4 cup cashews
1-2T raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 large dates, pitted or other sweetener
1 1/2 cups water (or 1 cup water/ 1/2 cup ice)
Blend all until smooth.
1 medium avocado
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor, until smooth and creamy.
For orange chocolate pudding, sub orange juice for the water and add 1/2 tsp orange zest.
Chocolate Sauce from my Just Desserts ebook.
Moist Chocolate Cake
3/4 cup almonds, ground
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 medium apple, peeled, grated
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon carob powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla liquid
In a food processor, combine the ground almonds, walnuts, and dates into small crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to mix. Spread the mixture into a small pan. Chill. Slice.
Carmi's Dark Chocolate
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
2-4 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk ingredients together until smooth. Add in fruits and or nuts of choice. Pour into mini silicone molds or paper lined muffin tins. Chill in the fridge until firm.
Everyone made a chocolate cup, customizing with goji berries, cacao nibs, almonds, walnuts, raisins, mulberries, and coconut.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Dip strawberries into the liquid dark chocolate. Chill until the chocolate hardens.
Chocolate Banana Coconut Tart from Just Desserts.
Didn't they do a great job at decorating it?! 🙂
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Found on RFC, these cookies are amaaaazing!
1 3/4 cup ground cashews
3/4 cup ground oats
1/4 cup agave
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
3-4 tablespoons cacao nibs
Stir together all ingredients. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment paper lined tray. Chill in the fridge until firm.
We also made a batch of Oatmeal Raisins Cookies, subbing 1/4 cup raisins for the cacao nibs.
2 cups dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup cacao powder
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt
In a bowl, stir all ingredients to combine.
Spoon balls of the dough onto waxed p
aper. Chill in the fridge/freezer until firm.
Here are a few other action shots from the class.
A fun time had by all...I hope this inspires you to eat some raw chocolate! 🙂