I think I am developing a bit of an obsession with raw chocolate. It was only last week I made raw chocolate brownies and I am already back on it.
I shan’t lie, i nearly ate them for breakfast… but I decided I mustn’t. These specific ones are a surprise for my A+ new cooking student. Miss Louise Thompson, possibly the nicest pocket sized foodie I have yet had the joy of teaching. She is the guinea pig for all the new recipes I am developing this week.
Often a busy bee with filming Lou has found the demands of her busy schedule taking its toll and has found it difficult eating healthily, when not knowing how to cook. So she has enlisted me to guide her in her healthful pursuit but teaching her to cook some of my most delicious and easy everyday, quick recipes….
It might seem odd and a complete contradiction but in fact chocolate, when done right, can be supremely virtuous. Packed full of beneficial flavenoids, antioxidants and vitamins the cacao (cocoa in its purest, unroasted form) is actaully a superfood. Yep, you heard right. As such it is positively encouraged that you eat it. Just perhaps don’t scoff all of them… not all at once anyway.
Luxury Raw Chocolate Fudge Truffle Recipe
- 100g pecans
- 25 g raw chocolate (cacao) powder
- 70g coconut oil
- 60g soft medjool dates
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon, or 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
- a pinch of salt
To finish : raw cacao nib, bee pollen, desccicated coconut or cacao powder
Add the nuts to a fast speed food processor and blend until they become a fine powder. Add the coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt, cacao powder and the dates and coconut oil. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
Place the mixture in the fridge or ten minutes, when the mixture is cold it is easier to shape. Then shape it into balls.
Roll in raw cacao nibs, bee pollen or any chosen garnish.
Place in a sealed container and keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
I would say they would be good for about 2-3 days, but I am certain they won’t last in any fridge that long!
They make a wonderful after dinner treat, and can even be made in advance and frozen for easy peasy dinner party favourites