I'm currently in Thailand training at a Muay Thai camp (more on this to come...), but I made these creamy raw chocolate squares before I left and couldn't wait to share them with you! (I've been missing my raw chocolates SO MUCH while I've been away from home).
The ingredient that makes the squares so deliciously creamy is cacao butter. Cacao butter comes from the cacao bean. It's what gives chocolate that melt-in-your-mouth texture. You can buy it at most health food shops or online (Loving Earth sell a beautiful raw organic cacao butter, which you can buy here). If you buy it in a large block, just shave/chop it into little pieces with a knife to speed up the melting time. I melt it in a pan over my stove on the lowest heat (or you could microwave it if you're desperate).
I use hazelnut butter to make these chocolate squares, but almond butter or natural peanut butter would also be delicious.
i n g r e d i e n t s
- 1/2 cup hazelnut butter
- 2/3 cup chopped cacao butter
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 – 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
p r e p a r a t i o n
- Line a 22 x 15cm container with baking paper or cling film. (You could use a smaller container or dish, which would mean the chocolate slab will be thicker).
- Melt the cacao butter in a small saucepan over the lowest heat on your stove. Take the pan off the heat and stir the remaining ingredients into the melted cacao butter until everything is well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared container and leave it in the fridge or freezer to set. Once set, cut into squares and store in the fridge.
Makes 12 squares.
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