I think it’s about time I introduce my secret (well, not so secret anymore) recipe for raw chocolates and how I get through holidays like Valentine’s Day without depriving myself whatsoever. These Assorted Raw Chocolates come in 6 varieties including strawberry, key lime, original “white”, cocoa, and espresso. They’re all equally delicious but can be taken up a notch simply by adding a creamy filling. I promise, you’re never going to look at a box of chocolates the same after today…
Food is totally my love language. I love making food for my love, my friends, family, myself, and for all of you. It’s my way of communicating on a whole other level without saying a word. The action of preparing sustenance and enjoyment for someone I care about and knowing the quality ingredients will benefit their health and their taste buds make me completely joyful beyond words. These raw chocolates are just another way to share with you all a huge thank you for all your support and love and share how grateful I am that you take a couple minutes out of your day to stop by Nutrition Stripped to see what I have going on. It’s amazing.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but you totally don’t have to just enjoy these raw chocolates around the holiday. I love these year round. I love making these for my love around this time of year when there are so many processed candies and chocolates floating around. He has a huge sweet tooth and loves chocolate just as much as I do. I love that I can satisfy my sweet tooth while keeping these ingredients incredibly healthy.
Why raw? I like making these chocolates raw for several reasons – the main being it’s so simple, and the second being it tastes great! These only contain under 5 ingredients if you’re following the basic recipe sans filling, which is amazing if you were to compare that with most store bought assorted chocolates that can contain upwards to 20 ingredients, most of which are highly processed…no thanks. The secret ingredients that make these raw chocolates stay solid at room temperature are from my favorite healthy fats, coconut butter and coconut oil. Coconut is solid at room temperature because of it’s saturated fat content, but don’t be scared! The saturated fat in coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride, so it’s digested and used as energy similar to a carbohydrate. Plus remember saturated fat isn’t bad (especially the fatty acids coming from coconut oil). Read up on coconut oil and why I love using it here.
Optimize it. These aren’t like any other raw chocolate candy you may have tried before. I purposefully incorporate some of my favorite medicinal mushrooms and mineral rich superfood powders by my good friends at Moon Juice. They were incredibly kind to send me some of their dusts which have quickly become some of my favorite superfood mixes to add into my smoothies, oatmeals, etc. The two that I’m using in this recipe today are PERFECT for this lovey-dovey vibe, the Heart Dust and Sex Dust…oooo la la. The Heart Dust contains Longan, Reishi, Ligusticum, Salvia, Lo Han Guo, and Stevia. Sex Dust contains epimedium, Ho Sho Wu, Schizandra, Cristanche, Shilajit, Maca, Cacao, Lo Han Guo, and Stevia.
If you’re wondering what these ingredients are, most of them are medicinal mushrooms (which I talked about in my Ultimate Tonic recipe and the 411 on Adaptogens) and others are mineral rich superfoods. These dusts make it incredibly simple to add in a boost of minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and nutrients without affecting the flavor greatly. If anything these dusts give a delicious slightly sweet and earthy flavor to the chocolate.
While I was waiting for these to cool in between rounds, I came to our living room to find our sweet pup in full relaxation mode… I mean c’mon, she’s living the life I swear.
Variations, where all the fun happens!
I love making these in multiple flavors, and each different flavor is incredibly simple to make by adding some of your favorite flavors to the base recipe. The base of coconut oil, coconut butter, and a pinch of sea salt is truly the easiest way to make these, it’ll result in a “white” chocolate and is naturally sweet since coconut butter tends to be that way. If you want to make these sweeter to taste, add stevia and stir in the coconut butter/coconut oil mixture. Adding things like strawberry puree, a shot of espresso, key lime juice, cocoa powder, and vanilla will make a variety of raw chocolates within minutes that are all completely indulgent and delicious. All in all, you can have 6 different assorted raw chocolates (including plain) which is pretty amazing for such little time it takes.
Fill it. I enjoy these raw chocolate most in their natural form without any filling, but you can get a little fancy and add in a delicious filling as well. During the assembly:
- Set the tray in the fridge or freezer to set up hard.
- Add about 1 teaspoon of the filling of your choice.
- Return to the freezer until hard, then pour the raw chocolate to fill up the remainder of the mold.
A couple combinations that you may LOVE:
- Key Lime raw chocolate + Sweet Cashew Cream filling
- Cocoa raw chocolate + Raspberry Chia Jam
- Cocoa raw chocolate + Raw Caramel (my favorite!)
- Plain raw chocolate + Raspberry Chia Jam
- Cocoa raw chocolate + almond butter (healthy Reese’s cup!)
- BASE RECIPE:
- 24 ounces (2 jars) of organic coconut butter
- 4 ounces organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon Moon Juice heart dust (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Moon Juice sex dust (optional)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- For berry flavor add to recipe above: ¼ cup fresh strawberries and blueberries, pureed
- For cocoa flavor add to recipe above: ½ cup cocoa powder
- For espresso flavor add to recipe above: 2 tablespoons espresso, fresh made
- For vanilla flavor add to recipe above: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For key lime flavor add to recipe above: Juice of 2 limes + juice of 1 lemon
- For white chocolate flavor, follow recipe with no addition
- First start by making sure the coconut oil is melted and the coconut butter is warm to touch. Using a medium pot, bring about 4 cups of water to a boil and place a small pot on top (double boil) with the content of the coconut butter and coconut oil to melt through with maple syrup. It's okay if the coconut butter is a little thick, it'll harden up in the molds later, just make sure it's workable.
- Pour the melted coconut butter and coconut oil into a mixing bowl, preferably one that has a spout to make pouring into molds easier.
- Grease your chocolate molds with coconut oil and set aside.
- If you're adding variations (strawberry, chocolate, espresso, key lime etc.) to your chocolates, you will do this by simply dividing the whole recipe into smaller bowls to make each flavor in it's own bowl just by adding the ingredients and stirring to combine.
- Pour each mixture into separate molds and place in the fridge to harden, about 30 minutes or more. I was able to use 2 mold trays to fill all of these. These can be stored at room temperature if your home is cool enough or keep in the fridge.
Supplies you may need: chocolate molds | coconut butter | dusts by Moon Juice | ceramics by Sarah Schembri
I hope you make these for your love or for yourself this weekend and show me your creations! I love when you all use the #nutritionstripped so I can see what you’re making. Come back tomorrow for a special interview with the creator of Moon Juice, Amanda!