C = Chocolate! :)

CΒ = Chocolate!

Day three of the A-Z challenge and so near to EasterΒ ‘C’ could only be for ‘chocolate’ ! πŸ™‚ This was an experiment which has been meaning to happen for a long time and I am more than happy with how it turned out! I also made some delicious truffles but I’ll save those for another day! πŸ™‚ This is the first time I’ve used cocoa butter and the smell (and the taste) of it melting is so wonderful I could have eaten it on its own! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ I have used creamed coconut in this recipe which I softened slightly in the microwave before adding. You can make these chocolates into anything you want them to beΒ – plain, nutty, fruity, salty, spicy. I used whole hemp seeds with cinnamon; linseeds with nutmeg; pecans; coconut, and rosemary & pink Himalayan salt. All very tasty in their own right! What’s your favourite?

Gather

  • 20g cocoa butter
  • 20g cacao powder
  • 10g agave
  • 20g creamed coconut
  • Toppings of choice. e.g. coconut, nuts, raisins, seeds

Prepare

  1. Melt the cocoa butter on a low heat.
  2. Stir in the cacao powder.
  3. Add the agave, then gently stir in the creamed coconut until smooth and glossy.
  4. For plain chocolates, pour into chocolate moulds or spread onto greaseproof paper.
  5. For flavoured chocolates put the topping in the chocolate mould first

    before filling with chocolate. Sprinkle the topping over the chocolate on the greaseproof paper.

  6. Put in the fridge until set (10-15 minutes).
  7. Remove from the moulds.
  8. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • It is ideal to store these in the fridge although room temperature works also.
  • Serve as after dinner chocolates.
  • Sneak one (or two) when nobody is looking! πŸ˜›

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  • Delicious Peace of Mind 3rd April 2015 at 11:37

    It would be a sin not to post chocolate as ‘C’ recipe! πŸ™‚ I love how smooth and glossy the truffles look. I would have to replace creamed coconut with some nut butter, because no creamed coconut here! πŸ˜›

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 3rd April 2015 at 18:04

      Oh no… no creamed coconut Milica! I think you need to write a post on what you can and can’t find over there! Wasn’t it great I got such a shine without tempering πŸ™‚

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      • Delicious Peace of Mind 4th April 2015 at 15:00

        Hahaha, that would be one looooong post! πŸ˜€ Don’t feel bad, that’s how I got good with converting recipes, I can adapt! πŸ˜‰

        Reply
  • megzone 3rd April 2015 at 15:32

    aaah!!! chocolates!! these have to be the best things culinary art has given us!!! gimmeeeee someeeee!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Life Diet Health 3rd April 2015 at 17:56

      Meghana … a chocolate lover too! Come and munch with me… anytime! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • basilandoil 3rd April 2015 at 18:32

    Looks beautiful! I’m just wondering, I’d love to try a recipe with coconut butter, but I’m not very keen on the taste of coconut, so do you still actually taste it in a recipe such as this?

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 3rd April 2015 at 19:44

      Hello Lisa πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ™‚ I love coconut so I’m not the best person to ask but I don’t think you can taste it a lot! You could always do as Milica suggested and switch it for a nut butter πŸ™‚

      Additionally, coconut oil can have a much milder taste depending if its organic, cold pressed and virgin and the coconut taste is not noticeable at all. Likewise the unsweetened carton coconut milk which is in many of my recipes doesn’t taste anything like the tinned coconut milk and again the coconut taste is barely noticeable! πŸ™‚

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      • basilandoil 3rd April 2015 at 19:56

        Oh that’s great! Thanks for the information, I’ll sure try one of your recipes soon then :)!

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  • Bonnieboo 3rd April 2015 at 19:14

    Having tried these first hand I can honestly say they are very yummy and moreish… Cant wait for a chilli-choc version πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 3rd April 2015 at 19:46

      Ooo… my taster! Lovely to have you at mine today πŸ™‚ Hello and welcome! πŸ™‚ I will grant your wish and work out how to add ‘some’ chilli into it! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Nancy C. Weeks 3rd April 2015 at 19:57

    Very nice to meet you and thanks for dropping by my blog today. What lovely photos you have created and how fun it must have been to test those amazing chocolates. I spend my day writing suspense novels. Around four each afternoon, there is nothing that brings on the muse like a couple bites of chocolate. I have never used cacao powder. How different is it from cocoa powder?

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 3rd April 2015 at 20:30

      Hello Nancy πŸ™‚ and welcome to Life Diet Health. Cacao and cocoa are very similar yet miles apart! Cacao is the most purest form of (raw) chocolate you can eat and cacao powder is made by cold pressing unroasted cacao beans. Cocoa powder has been highly heat treated and therefore the enzyme content is altered. Cocoa is also often mixed with sugar and can be found in varying shades depending on its alkalisation. Cacao contains many antioxidants as well as being rich in minerals and it has a much stronger taste than cocoa. I hope that makes sense?!

      Reply
  • Random Musings and Wanderlust 4th April 2015 at 04:45

    These look delightful, and I do believe I am going to have to try to make them. So glad I found you from the A~Z challenge list. Looking forward to more posts!! ~Paula

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 4th April 2015 at 14:02

      Thank you Paula πŸ™‚ They certainly went down well in our house πŸ™‚ This is the first blog challenge I’ve done and I love finding all these new blogs! πŸ™‚ See you again soon! πŸ™‚

      Reply
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    […] this seemed an ideal time to test something new! As I’d already posted hot cross buns and chocolates, I thought why not make a pudding! and OMGosh this! This ‘is’ a pudding! It was ready […]

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  • Sophie33 11th April 2015 at 10:23

    I made a similar recipe but it isn’t foolproof yet! I made your delicious chocolates & loved them so much! x

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 11th April 2015 at 11:41

      Sophie πŸ™‚ I missed you! How are you! Much better after eating ‘healthy’ chocolates no doubt! Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • veganmiow 23rd April 2015 at 11:59

    Mmm thank you for suggesting these! πŸ˜‰ These are right up on my to make list! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 23rd April 2015 at 21:57

      Jennie? Confusing me changing your blog name???Love it though! πŸ™‚ Oh yes…make the chocolate! πŸ™‚ Several more recipes to post but need to get to the end of the A-Z challenge first!

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      • greencarefreevegan 5th May 2015 at 20:27

        Haha! Yes it’s me πŸ˜€ I definitely will, just need to track down some cacao butter πŸ™‚

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        • Life Diet Health 6th May 2015 at 09:11

          πŸ™‚ You moved?! Cacao butter is amazing and the smell when it’s melting makes you just want to eat it like it is! πŸ˜› Most health shops should have it… If ‘I’ can get it you should be able to easily! πŸ™‚

          Reply

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