Thursday, 19 January 2012

health by chocolate

Raw Dark Chocolate with Goji Berries. Doesn't that just sound sexy?

Yes, it does. All this glorious chocolate has in it is cacao, coconut butter and a bit of natural sweetener. I added some vanilla, mesquite, sea salt and goji berries for extra decadence and some colour.Who would've thought eating chocolate could add nutrition to your diet? This chocolate may help you live longer (with healthier skin and hair, and less stress).One more plus? This is ready in minutes. I literally made during it a commercial break on TV: Dad: "What're you doing in there?" Me: "Making chocolate, I'll be like two seconds!" 

Enough talking - chocolate doesn't need an explanation. 


raw chocolate: makes around 2 cups

1/2 cup coconut nectar or date paste
3/4 cup cacao powder or carob powder
1/3 cup coconut oil or cacao butter, melted
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Mix all ingredients until smooth and ridiculously delicious-looking. I highly recommend adding other ingredients like mesquite powder, sea salt, vanilla, or anything else that could take this to another level! 
Try not to eat it all before it hardens... I had some trouble.

Spread the chocolate love out on some wax paper (or if making chocolate chips - dollop on with a spoon or icing bag) and put it in the fridge for an hour. Then, you know what to do. 

Good heavens this is CRAZY-GOOD. You will not believe it. 


94 comments:

Anonymous said...

do you spread onto a cookie sheet or just plain wax paper?

Anonymous said...

This recipe is awesome. So easy and so delicious.

Emily von Euw said...

I just used wax paper. All you need is a flat surface you can stick in the freezer or fridge, that you can take the chocolate off of later. Even a plain pan or plate would probably work. =)

Emily von Euw said...

Oh thank you! =) Hurray for healthy chocolate... I couldn't survive without it.

Gina Dunn said...

Could you use coconut butter instead of oil? Someone gave me a huge tub of it and I'm trying to find uses for it.

Emily von Euw said...

You're so lucky! Yes, that would work, maybe even better! =)

Anonymous said...

I made this today! Parchment paper works well too if you do not have wax. I added the mesquite as you suggested and a tablespoon of maca as well! SOOOO YUMMY! Shared it on Facebook and provided a link to your recipe! My friends are already passing it along :-)

Emily von Euw said...

Alright! That's what I love to hear =) Thank you very much! I bet maca would be a delicious addition.

Anonymous said...

Since I went vegan 10 months ago I have been reading up A LOT! I started to read blogs, then in search of raw. When I came across your blog the other day I fell into heaven! As I was making my smoothie this morning I always throw in a teaspoon of sprulina, then it dawned on me! I could have added sprulina to the Health by Chocolate bar! Next time!!! ;-)

Emily von Euw said...

Ooh yeah! Good idea. Pack in those nutrients =)

Anonymous said...

I just made this, and boy, was it delicious!! I put mine in the freezer and within a few minutes, the chocolate was solid. Also, I sliced up some frozen banana and covered them(both sides) in this chocolate. They turned out amazing!! If I had some strawberries, I would definitely dip them in this chocolate too. I am so glad to have found this recipe through Pinterest. Thank you!

Emily von Euw said...

Yumm!! That's what I do all the time =) Can't beat fruit! Oh wait. Put it with chocolate. Thank you very much!

Allison said...

Holy baloney this is amazing! I just made the mix and put it in the fridge. Now, patience.

Emily von Euw said...

YAY! i'm so happy to hear you like it. yeah tell me about it! half of it's gone before i put it away.

Allison said...

Best way to eat this: dip cold, fresh strawberries into it. The chocolate hardens on the strawberries so you don't have to refrigerate them. :-)

Emily von Euw said...

yes i do the same :) I literally can't wait.

Ariel said...

Made this a few minutes ago!! HOLY YUM!! I almost ate the mixing bowl trying to lick it clean! Thank you!!

Emily von Euw said...

LOL thank you, ariel. that is what i like to hear! i do the same thing... luckily i haven't choked yet.

crazycoolgadgets.com said...

Wow, this really made my day. They look great, but I sure the taste is sensational....

Emily von Euw said...

thank you SO much! i must say, the taste IS pretty sensational ;)

Winnie Yam said...

The "problem" with this chocolate is that in a about 10 minutes time, i scarfed down about half a cup of coconut oil plus honey and goji berries. That's a whole lot of fat! It's REALLY delicious! thx Em!

Emily von Euw said...

Hahaha! I do the same thing. Raw food problems.

Asya L. said...

I really cannot believe it...

Emily von Euw said...

hahaha I hope you mean that in a good way?

Asya L. said...

Of course I do!
They're the best! Thanks for sharing! c:

Sanja Pejin said...

I've been reading your blog whole day! :) all recipes sound and look soooo yummy! I can't wait to start! Just a question for this one - can I use cacao butter instead coconut oil?
So happy my friend told me about your blog! Tnx!

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you so much! I love new readers :) Feel free to comment or contact me whenever you want. Yes that's probably fine, it will give a chocolate undertone to recipes that aren't already chocolately though... but I just don't see anything wrong with that lol

xox

Tabby Vockler said...

Wow, this is soooo amazing! I just made the chocolate by itself without the Goji berries. Absolutely delicious. It's very similar to Loving Earth's Chocolate Butter http://lovingearth.net/products/20/raw-organic-coconut-chocolate-butter which is awesome because I don't have to buy it anymore, I can just make my own :)
Thank-you SO much Emily, this is the EASIEST, QUICKEST and most DELICIOUS thing I have ever made. I don't have much cooking experience so it was perfect for me and beginners. I will make this heaps more times and add new things like some nuts, berries, superfoods, etc. <3 Tabby. xxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

hi! Thanks for the great recipe, only one question left, can I use carob instead of cacao? And would the proportion be the same then or should I reduce it?

Emily von Euw said...

Yes you can! :) Same proportions.

Anonymous said...

i don't have coconut oil around. do you think i can substitute cocoa butter? i so wanna make this!

Emily von Euw said...

Yep that will work just dandy!

x

paigesnider said...

I've made this a few times and all my non vegan friends are obsessed with it. Like, I make it and leave it in the freezer for a few hours and it's gone. And anytime I get to talking about chocolate with people I always bring up this recipe and people are fascinated by it. So delicious!

Emily von Euw said...

Oh that's so sweet! Literally... (ha-ha). Thanks a ton ;)

Anonymous said...

Do you have a recommendation for how much date paste (dates and water) to use? Also, I assume that's dates and hot water? I'm still experimenting with dates and am pretty new to them. Thanks!!

Emily von Euw said...

Try using 1/2 cup of dates, and adding as little hot/warm water possible until it becomes a paste (while you blend it in a food processor.) Cheers!

Unity said...

This is the best chocolate ever. That is all.

heather said...

Emily, I loooove your blog! The recipes and photography are fantastic. Quick question on this one though - I made it in a food processor and added a little extra cacao, and suddenly it seized up on me and became thick and kind of gritty, with the coconut oil separating from the mixture...what did I do wrong??? Granted, it still tasted pretty darn delish as the clumps were basically honey and cacao, but still...??? Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you! Uh oh. That does not sound good. Sometimes that happens to me too and I think it's when you blend it for too long. Sorry about that!

xo
Em

Claudia B said...

Made this using the date paste/caramel, from your "raw snickers" recipe, as the sweetener and O.M.G. it was absolutely divine. It totally blows the store-bought chocolate out of the water. Will now be trying it out with other flavours - orange being my favourite, YUM!! Thanks so much for the recipe.

heather said...

Good theory. :) Thank you! And like I mentioned, it still tastes pretty super delish - I was even at Whole Foods yesterday, strolling down a frequent favorite aisle of mine - the fancy chocolate bars and raw foods aisle - and I wasn't even tempted because I knew I had better tasting homemade dark chocolate at home...:) Thank you again for your beautiful blog!

Emily von Euw said...

Yahoo! Thank YOU. =)

Emily von Euw said...

=D yaaaay!

Reinier + Jo-Ellen said...

Hi! I made mine with raw honey which wouldn't mix into the melted coconut oil to well. So I heated it up a little bit, added the cocoa powder and mixed, but it stays quite seperated? Its cooling off in the fridge now, but there's a puddle of coconut oil around the edges. is that normal? or did I do something wrong? tastes good though!

Anonymous said...

I just made some but added some maca root powder, It's my first time using it and I think it smells of fudge so I tossed some in :) the mix tastes ok not sure how it will be when it hardens though but fingers crossed!

Emily von Euw said...

Hmm that would be... DELICIOUS. Smart move.

Emily von Euw said...

Hmm.. sometimes that happens when I mix it too much. Not to worry - like you said, it still tastes great haha =) Try using less coconut oil next time and mixing as little as possible.

Reinier + Jo-Ellen said...

thanks! think I'll use less coconut oil, and just heat the coconut oil until soft, not runny. I'm off to eat some more... ;-)

Emily von Euw said...

Good plan!

Anonymous said...

Is that cacao powder? That's what I have!

Emily von Euw said...

=D it is indeed!

Elena Veronica said...

You.are.a.genius.

This is seriously amazing! And I also tried your fudgy raw brownies tonight. I loved them, my husband did, and most importantly -- my extremely picky three-year old has been gobbling them all up! And I can feel good about it!

Thank you. Please keep posting delicious recipes - it's so nice to try recipes from the internet that actually are delicious :)

Gina Andrews said...

Oh my Yes Way, thank you.

I knew there was a reason I had Cacao, maple syrup/agave and coconut oil as larder staples! with this amazing recipe, one never need be without chocolate again. I added a dollop of crunchy peanut butter just to see what it would be like, yum - I put chocolate dollops on a tray and topped each with toasted pecan, yum yum

Anonymous said...

is it possible to use rice malt syrup instead of agave/honey?

Emily von Euw said...

Definitely! Adjust all my recipes as you want to =)

Haricha said...

Hey Em! I made this yesterday. It is delicious. I'm sharing this page with my friends. :D

Thank you~~! ^o^

- Haricha


Sally Eaton said...

Oh my god Em!! I bought some cacao powder and had it shipped from America to Japan. It was ever so expensive so I was a bit worried about this recipe but I just made it with vanilla and popped in the freezer. I licked my fingers and nearly died of happiness. That shiz is GOOOOOOD. Thank you thank you thank you. Until we get a Costco it'll be a rare treat but soooo worth it!

Manda said...

looks good. " 1/2 cup agave nectar/maple syrup/date paste/raw honey " Is it 1/2 of each the sweeteners or just 1of the sweeteners listed?

Emily von Euw said...

Oh no, it's 1/2 cup of the sweetener you want - those are all just options :)

Manda said...

thank you so much for sharing all your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Hey Emily, can't wait to make this. Just a quick question, how much mesquite powder did you add to your recipe? Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Probably 1 tablespoon? :)

Leilabelle said...

Hello! What did I do wrong if it didn't harden it isn't liquid anymore but it's soft. Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Hm, next time add more cacao, and keep it in a cool place :) Cacao or cocoa butter instead of coconut oil may also help.

Tara Thorne said...

Em, this is A-MAZING. Everyone I've served this to has declared it absolutely divine. One addition I made, & now it's standard every time I make it, (which is at least once a week): 2 heaped TBS of raw, all-natural peanut butter. YUM! Sometimes I leave the goji berries off and in their place sprinkle some coconut. Thank you for another delicious recipe!

Emily von Euw said...

Hey, Tara

Ohhh my gosh you are making my want chocolate and it's only noon! xo Thank YOU.

Leilabelle said...

Thanks! Ill try that! I still used it in the pie and it was fabulous! Thank you!

Kurly Kale said...

Hey, this chocolate is unreal. I love your site. Check out my version of the recipe :) http://kurlykale.blogspot.ie/

Anonymous said...

They're the same thing. The oil is cocnut butter melted. :)

Anonymous said...

Coconut butter contains ground coconut while coconut oil is just the oil. It's. So. Good.

Leilabelle said...

Hello, I have made this twice first with coconut oil second with the butter and each time it doesn't harden :-( what am I doing wrong?!?!?!

Emily von Euw said...

Okay that is weird. Have you tried used cacao / cocoa butter?

idj_trace said...

So i assume this chocolate would melt in room temperature after it hardens?

Emily von Euw said...

It will be soft unless you live in a cold region - then it'll be fine. If you live in a hot region, it'll probably melt.

I recommend keeping it in the fridge or a cool place if you don't eat it right away.

Anonymous said...

I just happened upon your blog and am really enjoying reading all of your recipes. I have always been tagged as the one in my family and friends circle who eats "weird stuff." These are definitely recipes they'd all call weird but I love them! I want my son to be a "weird eater" like his mama and since he's just starting his journey in big people food, I want to try these out on him. I think my search for better meals for my family has ended! I can't wait to try these! Thanks for taking the time to put out all these recipes! You may have just changed my life a little! :)

Jem said...

Can I use stevia? Or does the recipe need something sticky to keep it together?

Emily von Euw said...

No that's okay!

Jem said...

Thanks Emily!!! :) Your blog rocks! :) I made your carrot cake and my husband loved it! love the ice cream sandwich recipe too, its spring here in Australia so its the perfect time to give it a go! :)

SammiSmith said...

so excited to try this, how long do you think this will keep for....i want to make some for holiday prezzies!

Emily von Euw said...

A loooong time, don't worry about that. Probably a year? All the ingredients are quite stable.

Helenk Ollie said...

I found your blog today and I have to say that I am absolutely loving it. Everything looks so delicious and beautiful. Exactly what I've needed. This is simply an art that I can consume. Cheers

Anonymous said...

i have a question. where do u get vegan chocolate chips?

Emily von Euw said...

Hi! You can buy dark chocolate chips, or go to your health food store, or buy them online. Otherwise - just make your own :) Make vegan chocolate then chop it up when it's hardened.

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

I made this chocolate using agave, cacao and coconut oil- oh boy! I sprinkled coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, Brazil nuts and dried apricots on top. Now I cannot bring myself to eat shop chocolate- this is sooo much better :) Posted about it on my blog and added a link to here.

Isabella said...

Oh my goodness! this looks absolutely amazing! so this is healthy? because i would feel guilty eating this if it wasnt.. Im sure it is but just wanted to clarify (: i love goji berries xx

Isabella said...

Love this healthy chocolate! totally making this tommorow (: xx

V.CLEAN said...

It's crazy what a few simple ingredients can make! Thanks for sharing

jhon cena said...

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Deborah Clothier said...

This is the best raw chocolate I've ever made (and I have tried more than a few recipes many many times). Thanks a lot!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with above commenter - this is the best raw chocolate recipe I've ever made!! I live in the middle east, so used date paste (we have an abundance of dates here!). I soaked the dates in warm water for about 15 minutes before blending - then mixed it with the coconut oil and cacao. I also added ground vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS! I never need to buy chocolate at the store again!!!

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Joey Rea said...

Simply amazing, that's all I gotta say. I used honey instead of coconut nectar, and added some sea salt and dried coconut flakes. It was beyond delicious! I put all the ingredients in a ziploc and mushed it around then flattened it and put it in the fridge, it was a fun way to do it. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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Becca Goodman said...

raw cacoa is the best & good for us too..I love all your recipes!

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