Nearly everyone enjoys chocolate, but commercially produced chocolate contains damaged fats and oils, which are no good for your fatty brain. You can easily enjoy healthy chocolate treats, if you make your own, being assured that they aren’t contributing to sluggish brain function!
I make a huge variety of these types of treats, and they are nearly always different. Why? Sometimes I don’t have almonds, but do have pecans, and sometimes there are no fresh macadamias on hand, so I have to use walnuts. Sometimes I add different spices, or none, and sometimes I leave the nuts whole. So feel free to experiment with this recipe too. Keep in mind as you combine all the ingredients that the mixture is very soft, even runny, and you may wonder how on earth it will ever set.
After it’s been in the refrigerator for a few hours, it will have formed a thickish ‘slab’ and you can slice it up as you choose. Sometimes I make triangles, and longish ‘bars’ or simple squares, such as in the photo below. Whatever the shape, they are tasty and nutrient dense. I add ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, as they each provide specific health benefits, and also provide a nurturing and ‘warming’ flavor, another aspect of brain ‘nourishment.’
WHAT YOU NEED
- 150 g melted, raw cacao butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1½ tsp fresh ginger, grated finely
- 1½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp finely grated fresh nutmeg
- 4 tbsp raw cacao powder or Food Matters Superfood Chocolate
- ¼ tsp sea salt flakes, coarsely crushed
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, processed into a ‘butter’
- 1 cup finely sliced dates
- 1 cup almonds, very coarsely chopped
WHAT TO DO
- Place an empty, flat, glass, baking dish in the freezer.
- Slowly melt the raw cacao butter over a very low heat, adding the vanilla, spices, cacao powder and sea salt when the butter becomes a liquid. Set aside.
- Process the macadamia nuts until they form a ‘butter’.
- Add the sliced dates and process again, until they are well combined with the macadamia ‘butter’.
- Add the almonds and pulse the mixture, keeping the almonds coarsely chopped.
- Pour the liquid and spice mixture over the ingredients in the mixing bowl and pulse until the mixture is well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the cold baking dish and leave in the refrigerator for a couple of hours until set.
- Remove from the baking dish and cut into squares or triangles using a warm knife.
- Sprinkle with raw cacao powder and ground cinnamon and store leftovers in the refrigerator.