3 Homemade Vegan Chocolate Recipes: Nourish Your Body Eating Dessert

 

3 Homemade Chocolate Recipes: Nourish Your Body Eating Dessert

Dessert can be just as nourishing as any other meal if you do it right! In this video, I’m going to show you the three ways how I make chocolate at home.

Eating sweet things (in moderation) can be one of the most balancing and healing things for a modern, stressed out human being. It’s one of the best things you can do to heat your body, wake up your metabolism, heal your thyroid, and re-balance your hormones. According to Ayurveda, the sweet taste is phenomenally balancing for both Vata and Pitta (I am both).

Surprised to hear I eat sweets? 🙂 Not just any sweets! If I’m going to treat myself, I’d rather make sure it’s very special, made by me, and I want to know exactly what’s inside it.

Since I started making my own chocolate, I haven’t been able to go back to the store-bought varieties. They just don’t taste as good as the homemade version and they have unnecessary or empty ingredients, such as white sugar, soy lecithin, and natural flavours.

Just make your own chocolate, people! It’s one of the easiest things you can do at home.

Raw cacao is a great source of magnesium and iron. Coconut oil is great for your brain, digestive system, and your skin. And I’m not even talking about all of the other ingredients. Eating dessert without guilt is awesome!

Obviously, please try to use common sense. Having a dessert a day is smart. Eating it all the time isn’t!

Also, I think I’m going to turn this into a little video series called “Nourish Your Body Eating Dessert”. I’m convinced that dessert has a very important place in our lives and I’ll show you how you can do it right!

Hope you like the recipes!

Here’s what you’ll need for the three recipes.

Energy Boosting Chocolate Truffles

3 Homemade Chocolate Recipes: Nourish Your Body Eating Dessert

  • 3 tbsp. cacao butter (ideally raw)
  • 3 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp. cacao powder (ideally raw)
  • 5 tbsp. almond meal
  • a pinch of vanilla powder (I forgot to mention it in the video, but it really rounds the flavours up perfectly)
  • 1.5 tbsp. rice syrup
  • around a couple tablespoons of coconut flakes to roll the balls in

Start by gently melting the cacao butter on very low fire continuously putting it on and off the fire while stirring, or simply by inserting the little pot with the cacao butter into another bigger pot with boiling water. Next, add the melted cacao butter to a little mixing bowl, add the coconut oil, cacao powder, almond meal, vanilla powder, and rice syrup. Now that the chocolate mixture is ready, all you need to do is shape it into little energy balls. Sprinkle some coconut flakes on a little plate. Take a bit of the chocolate mixture in your palms, shape it just a little bit and then drop it in the coconut flakes, roll it around to make sure it’s all coated, and then roll between your palms to give it a nice, even round shape. The first one is ready! Repeat the same process with the remaining balls.

This recipe makes around 12 small energy balls. Store in the fridge or freezer to make sure the coconut oil doesn’t melt.

Chia and Goji Berry Superfood Chocolates

3 Homemade Chocolate Recipes: Nourish Your Body Eating Dessert

  • 3 tbsp. cacao butter (ideally raw)
  • 4 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder (ideally raw)
  • 1.5 tbsp. panela/demerara sugar
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. dry goji berries

Start by soaking the goji berries in a bit of water overnight or at least for a few hours. Once they are nice and puffy, melt your cacao butter like in the previous recipe, then add it to a mixing bowl, add the coconut oil, cacao powder, sugar, chia seeds, and goji berries. Stir it all very well until the chocolate mixture is smooth. Take a tray of chocolate moulds and fill them all up. Pop into the fridge or freezer for an hour or so and then remove the chocolates from the mould. Ready!

Grappa Raisin and Hazelnut Chocolates

3 Homemade Chocolate Recipes: Nourish Your Body Eating Dessert

  • 7 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder (ideally raw)
  • around 20 raisins
  • grappa, brandy, cognac, rum or any liqueur to soak the raisins or you can use simple water if you’d rather avoid alcohol
  • 10 whole hazelnuts (ideally skinless)
  • 1.5 tbsp. panela/rapadura sugar

This recipe is much easier because there is no cacao butter to melt. I love cacao butter, but it’s so expensive that I either mix it with coconut oil or I omit it all. In this case, I’m simply omitting it because I really like the texture of coconut oil alone for this particular recipe.

Start by soaking the raisins overnight or at least for a few hours in grappa or any other liqueur of your choice. Once they are ready, add the coconut oil, cacao powder, sugar, and raisins to a little mixing bowl and mix it all well until smooth. Now take a tray of chocolate moulds and start filling them in: I found that it’s best to fill each one of them halfway (with 1 or 2 raisins in each) and place a hazelnut in the middle, then fill it up all the way to the top. Once all the moulds are filled, pop them in the fridge or freezer until they become solid, then remove the chocolates from the moulds, and voila!

P.S. Don’t forget to enjoy that grappa that you used to soak the raisins in. Infused with the flavour of raisins, it’s going to taste AMAZING!

Enjoy!

Lots of love,

Vita xx

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