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Raw Cacao Liquor Chocolate recipe

I bought a bag of cacao liquor and was determined to save it for the next batch of raw cacao chocolate. The trouble is it makes the most delicious chocolate drink, so it’s tough to make the stuff last.

TIP – pack your cacao liquor away in a box so you’re not tempted to indulge before raw chocolate making time!

While I was hoping for big things from this cacao liquor chocolate I still stuck pretty much to my standard proportions. That is 150g cacao powder, 200g fat, 200g sweetener.

However, I made more than this amount, however, and did reduce the proportion of cacao powder by using cacao liquor. I did this to reduce the bitterness of the chocolate. I also included some coconut oil and vanilla to achieve the same effect.

raw cacao liquor
Cacao Liquor in it’s raw state

Cacao Liquor chocolate Ingredients

Everything is organic and raw!

  • 300g Cacao Liquor
  • 50g Cacao butter
  • 100g Coconut oil
  • 250g Lucuma
  • 50g Peruvian Carob
  • 1 and 1/2 vanilla pods
  • 2 tsp Baobab powder
  • 1 tsp camu camu powder
  • Dried blueberries, goji berries and cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)
  • 2 tsp Chia seeds

Like all raw chocolate it’s very easy to make, unless you do the tempering process. I don’t so it’s straightforward. So melt the cacao liquor and butter with the coconut oil in a glass bowl or jug in a pan of boiled water.

Be patient this can take some time. All good things come to those who wait…

Then mix in the other ingredients. Use as much of the dried fruit as seems right. Of course you can use different fruit, if you please.

The mix will be pretty runny still. This makes it a little messy when pouring into your moulds. I use ice cube trays. These make a nice chunky single raw chocolate thing.

Cacao Liquor chocolate in ice cube moulds
Cacao Liquor chocolate in ice cube moulds

I am lucky enough to have a bar mould. The lovely Trishul Smith gave me this some time ago. It really does make your raw chocolate look like the real thing.

Stick the moulds in the fridge for a couple of hours. This version of raw chocolate is quite fatty, This means it will melt easily so you need to chill it and keep it chilled.

Raw chocolate from cacao liquor
Raw chocolate from cacao liquor

So is the cacao liquor chocolate any good?

I’m biased but I’d say this raw cacao liquor chocolate is gorgeous! This recipe was my attempt to make a less bitter version of raw chocolate. It worked.

Using Lucuma and a little Peruvian Carob makes sure your raw chocolate is sweet enough without being overpoweringly sweet. It’s not white sugar sweet. It’s not corn syrup sweet. It’s sweet enough!

The whole process is very easy, so give it a go and let me know how you got on in the comments.

Raw Christmas Hampers

After talking to Deb Durrant of Deliciously Raw at Vegfest a few months ago I thought raw Christmas hampers would be a great idea. So I ordered a few. Great presents, even for meat-eaters.

She’d shown me photos from a recent cooking course she’d ran. Well it’s not cooking as such, obviously, but a course on how to make spectacular raw food recipes. It was the photos of the raw vegan cheese that got me. They looked amazing. I’ve pinched the pics I saw from her blog of the Feast course.

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Badass Brownies & Fantastic Fudge packed with good guys

Trish has been at it again. The Trishul these Badass Brownies and Fantastic Fudge are not only raw but they are simply packing good guys and superfood. Jammed with them and just a flavour overload. Love them.

The Badass Brownies really are badass. Badass enough for Heisenburg I’d say – you gotta know your Breaking Bad to get that. In fact…

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Raw Energy Chia Chocs inspired by Thrive

I’m a fan of Brendan Brazier and his Thrive sports recipes. Well, I do, at least like the idea. I made his sports drink for last year’s Birmingham Half Marathon, which was great. I also tried his sports gel, which is packed with raw energy for en route use. I have no idea how you’re supposed to consume the stuff once you’ve made it, unless you somehow force it into an old toothpaste tube. I made it but didn’t bring it to the event. I think it even got discarded completely.

So, for the recent Sutton Fun Run I decided to adapt the gel into something I could bring along. SO the following raw energy chia chocolate version was created. Sadly, I left them in the fridge. So they didn’t actually get an outing on the day. Practically, these are a bit soft to take with you in the summer. It might be different in the winter, however.

Raw energy chia chocs
Raw energy chia chocolate – Thrive inspired by Brendan Brazier
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Trishul Raw chocolate

raw chocolate from TrishulTrishul Raw Chocolate is a locally based producer of fantastic raw chocolate and will be at the upcoming Cruelty Free Christmas Fair this weekend, 15th December. I was lucky enough to get a sneek peak at some of this lovely stuff before the event.

Raw chocolate is what it says on the tin, chocolate that has NOT been cooked. This means the cacao bean goodness is preserved rather than being destroyed during the roasting process. And there is bountiful goodness in that bean, this means that raw chocolate is healthy. In fact, more than healthy it’s a superfood. Continue reading