This recipe for This Almond Dark Chocolate Bar can be made in 10 minutes…click here and find out how! can be made in less than 10 mins.! Seriously, it is so easy to make and makes a wonderful treat when you have unexpected guests. Also, home-made chocolates can make mouth-watering gifts for your loved ones. You can really personalize this recipe to show someone who you had them in mind when you made this creation. I plan on playing around a lot with raw chocolates and as I do I was post them individually.
Adding flavored oils or extracts:
- Common oil-based flavorings include mint, cherry, strawberry, hazelnut, cinnamon, and orange. Many of these flavorings are potent—especially mint—and should be used more sparingly than their alcohol-based counterparts. Oil-based flavorings can be found at some specialty cooking stores, craft stores, and online confectionery retailers. You can add vanilla, almond, hazelnut, coconut, and lemon. Not to mention many more.
- Chocolate can be flavored with coffee, favorite kitchen spices (basil, rosemary), hot spices (chile, wasabi), spiced fruits, spirits (Cognac, rum) and tea. I realize some of these are not “raw” but you can decide on what is or isn’t a priority to you in this. For those who like things hot, this international tour of heat includes Crushed Thai Chilies, Intense Indian Curry, Japanese Wasabi, Smokey Chipotle Peppers and Spicy Cayenne and Chili Powder.
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup raw cacao butter, melted
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup* not raw (can use agave instead)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- You will need to melt the cacao butter and coconut oil prior to starting this recipe. Place jars in a large bowl and pour boiling water over the containers. It will take 5 – 10 mins to melt it. Both ingredients are in solid form at room temp.
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients and whisk together. Be sure to work out any small lumps.
- Lightly grease the pan or form with coconut oil prior to pouring it in. I used an oblong Springform pan.
- Place a layer of sliced almond on the bottom of the pan (or any nut of your choice).
- Pour chocolate over the top.
- Place chocolate in the freezer to set.
- Once hardened, remove from pan or chocolate form and store in a sealed container in the fridge.
- You can add any flavor extract to your chocolate.
- Add cayenne for a hint of heat!
- Use candy molds or pans if you desire bar shapes.
- Add a variation of nuts, dried fruits or fresh fruits.