Sugar rushes and a Valentine's Raw Chocolate Recipe


It’s February so that means the shops have rolled out their pink balloon displays in their annual effort to get us to go deeper still into our Christmas induced overdrafts in the name of love.


And what should we spend our money, or debt on? Well, sugar mainly. Heart shaped and wrapped up in red foil. I don’t think many people reading this need convincing that white sugar is basically poison to the body, so I decided not beat around the bush in the title of this blog.

I do think the body can handle a bit of bad stuff in small doses and I personally apply the 80/20 rule (or some weeks it's more 70/30) So no judgement here if you’re looking forward to breaking out the sweet treats on Thursday. But for those of you who’d like an alternative and perhaps could do with avoiding all the expense here’s a gorgeous looking, tasting and very healing recipe for raw chocolate that will love you back. Let me know what you think!

If you don’t have these ingredients you can get them from the lovely little shops that stock my stuff. See here for my stockists. Most of these shops also stock my raw chocolate truffles for those of you who’d rather have it done for you :)

Raw Rose Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

120 gm raw cacao butter

80 gm raw cacao 

100 ml MCT oil (or olive oil)

150 gm medjool dates 

20 ml maple syrup (if needed)

A pinch of salt

A couple of drops of Food Grade Rose Essential Oil

2 tablespoons of raw beetroot powder


Method

Melt the cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in a pan on the lowest setting of your oven.

Blend the dates in with the melted butter and MCT or olive oil, using a handheld food processor or in your blender.

Stir in the raw cacao powder, salt and essential oil until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Taste and if not sweet enough add the maple syrup.

Put in the fridge or leave at room temperature for a couple of hours.

Using your hands roll into small balls, the mixture will soften as you do so. Then roll in the beetroot power for the red coating.


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