Thursday, 6 March 2014

CRUNCHY CHIA CHOCOLATE with MACA, LUCUMA, VANILLA & CASHEWS


YOOOOOOOOOOO I'm feelin' real thug right now because I'm jammin' to Lil Boosie. (Don't judge; I appreciate all kinds of music from Beethoven to Bjork to Black Moth Super Rainbow.) Anyways, this chocolate has got me in a great mood; it has elevated my mental state to like beyooond nirvana. Also, I ate the MOST AMAZING AVOCADO EVER a little while ago and there're two more to devour before the sun sets so I have no reason to be sad on this fine Thursday. Furthermore, I'm fairly confident I *aced* my Archaeology exam this morning and I'm going to a super interesting-looking lecture tonight with friends about how society creates superheroes! The fun don't stop! 


I know you're more into this chocolate than my personal life though, so let's talk about that. Remember those chocolate bars that had like the crispy crunchy cereal pieces in them? I don't know if I'm making this up because I just did an internet search and could not find what I'm talking about... but I hope you know what I mean. These are just like those! But better! Why? The usual reasons: this recipe is super good for you, it's cruelty-free, it keeps the planet happy, and it tastes effing delicious! Let's eat it all! No seriously, I ate almost all of this in one day. Luckily I had a moment of generosity and gave (almost) half to mon coupine. 

Since this is a chocolate recipe, obviously cacao powder is a main ingredient and lucky for us, it's a nutritional powerhouse! Full of fiber, zinc, magnesium, iron and other goodies. I also added a bunch of superfoods in like maca, lucuma and vanilla. Cashews and chia seeds are amazing for your gorgeous body too. Chia seeds are what make the "crunch" in this chocolate, and the cashews add another tasty texture. Feel free to add other stuff if you like; I bet cinnamon, cayenne, ginger and goji berries would all be phenomenal extras. 

If you love conventional chocolate (super sweet, milky, chocolate-y), then this might not be the ideal recipe for you to try. I'd suggest you make this one first. But I love experimenting with new flavours so likewise, I love this recipe. It's almost spicy because the flavours are so fresh. #sofresh





CRUNCHY CHIA CHOCOLATE with MACA, LUCUMA, VANILLA & CASHEWS 

1/3 cup cacao butter
1/4 cup cacao powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 tablespoon lucuma power
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut nectar (as desired) 
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Melt the cacao butter, then whisk in all the other ingredients except the cashews. Taste it and adjust accordingly. Pour into a lined pan so it's about 1 cm thick (or however thick you want the chocolate to be). Sprinkle on the cashews then put in the fridge or freezer until it is solid. Chop and chomp. Thuggin'. 

24 comments:

gourmet goddess said...

Hi < looking forward to trying out the recipe , Can you please confirm it is 2 tbls Maca powder or 3 Tbls - you have referenced it twice.

thanks
gg

Anonymous said...

I tried your basic chocolate recipe. It tasted great, but stayed very soft and messy even after being in the fridge and freezer. Maybe this one will work out better for me.

Joy // For the Love of Leaves said...

Those candy bars totally existed...and still might...you're not crazy haha and this chocolate looks aaaaaaamaaaaazing!

Anonymous said...

Hippy Mom, Hey you sexy bitch!Well I use to buy these chocolate bar things called more than a square meal; By Ancient tribal food for health it has chocolate and hemp seed with different toppings its pretty good, one love

Emily von Euw said...

@gg - 2 tablespoons! Sorry about that typo.

@anon - if your chocolate was soft, next time use more cacao powder or less sweetener :)

Charlotte said...

Oh my gosh looks tooo amazing! Just curious, do you happen to know of anywhere in Vancouver to buy cocoa butter? I've seen it in a few of your recipes and checked at Whole Foods etc but no luck! Any help would be much much appreciated, thanks!

Rick said...

That looks awesome, sinful and decadent. Just how I like 'em! Fits into the overall philosophy I'm into - did you know sweetness is healthy? It's about time! (http://www.archofood.blogspot.com)

vanessa said...

Nestle Crunch Bars!!! They totally existed; Google don't know shit. Those were my third fave chocolate bar (behind Aero and Kit-Kat) ;)

Anonymous said...

WOWSA

Emily von Euw said...

@Charlotte - I buy from Upaya Naturals online :) I've had trouble finding it here too.

vanessa said...

@charlotte - I've seen it at Choices (Artisana brand; comes in a little box)...check the baking or nut butter section.

Heather McClees said...

Emily, you're amazing!:) LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. I just love how crunchy chia seeds make homemade chocolate! I love cacao butter so much, where do you buy yours from?:) Have a fantastic day and I can't wait to get ahold of your new book!!!:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks. It was probably too much sweetener.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and it's really cool! What's cooler is that I think I went to the talk about superheroes as well! At SFU Woodward's? It was quite interesting, but a little abstract thinking (at least for me that is). The little hulk performance was memorable. Anyways, great work with what you do and I will definitely make this!

Anonymous said...

I believe those chocolate bars were called Crunch. Thanks for the recipe - it looks amazing!

Daniela said...

Do you have an Instagram?

Laura Jane said...

Funny how so many raw vegans HAVE to have their chocolate (including me)! This recipe looks scrumptious!

kelly said...

You make vegan foods look so easy to prepare!! Am going to try this! Pinned one of your pics as well so lotsa thanks from me to you! :)

Amanda|Timeshare Weeks said...

it looks so delicious, i love all your recipes! thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Did you mean parchment paper instead of wax? Still having trouble with it being super sticky and messy. And I followed the recipe exactly this time.

Emily von Euw said...

@Anon - parchment paper is fine too :) Or plastic wrap.

Amanda Patti said...

Hi Em, is it 1/3 cup of melted cacao butter or 1/3 cup solid cacao butter (then melted)? Thanks!
Keep on raw-kin!

Emily von Euw said...

@Amanda- it doesn't really matter - my measurements are always pretty approximate ;)

Emz said...

Your blog looks amazing (: but i just wanted to ask you if your cocoa comes from a cruelty free source? You often say it's cruelty free but is it really? I hope your chocolate doesn't come from the Ivory Coast or Ghana....

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