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Raw Vegan Recipes: Halloween Raw Chocolate Recipe

Posted Oct 25 2012 10:00am
Written by Deborah on October 25, 2012 – -



By Angela (from the happy raw kitchen)

It’s that time of year again, when swampy green smoothies, spooky fresh fruit carved into monsters, and dragon blood green juices are all the rage! That’s right, you can have a healthy Halloween celebration where fun and costumes are enjoyed by all without the sugar crash and tummy aches. Enjoy our series of healthy raw vegan Halloween recipes, and share them with your friends and loved ones!

For many people the word Halloween is synonymous with chocolate.  You can indulge in a piece of healthy raw chocolate once in a while, and Halloween is a great excuse.

Don’t worry,  making raw chocolate doesn’t have to be scary, unless you want it to be!

This recipe uses mostly cacao butter and just a spoonful of coconut oil to enhance the melt-in-your-mouth quality.  It is a harder chocolate that will stay hard at room temperature, as long as your room is less than 80 degrees.

  • 1 cup grated cacao butter, ½ cup measured when melted (see Grating Cacao Butter tip below)
  • ¼ cup agave, or substitute a scant 1/4 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Pinch salt
  • Candy molds, lollipop sticks, and clear plastic treat bags to put over the chocolate
    To melt cacao butter, place grated butter in a glass bowl placed inside a pot or larger bowl filled with hot water.  You can use water that has been warmed on the stove to just below a simmer. Check the temperature of the melted butter with an instant read thermometer.  It should stay below 90 degrees when melted.  Cacao butter may also be melted in a bowl in the dehydrator.  Do not allow the  water to get into the chocolate, as it will then clump. Once the cacao butter is melted, add agave, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and salt. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, until it starts to appear a bit dull and has thickened. Carefully spoon the chocolate into the molds. Tap the mold on a counter to level the chocolate. Place lollipop sticks into the chocolate and turn once to fully coat stick with chocolate. Tap again on the counter to level, if needed. Place the filled molds into the fridge to harden. This should fill two average chocolate molds, depending on their size. When fully hardened, turn the mold up-side down and gently press the back of each mold to release the   chocolate.  Special treat bags are available to cover the lollipops.

To grate cacao butter, use the fine shredding blade on your food processor.

The entire pound of grated cacao butter can be stored in a quart sized mason jar once grated.  Cut out the name (for identification) and nutrition label from the package it came in for reference.  The melted amount is  about 1/2 of the dry grated butter measured out.

All molds, sticks and bags are available at large department stores and craft stores.

This is a very versatile chocolate recipe. It is awesome with dried fruits and nuts added. Try adding some buckwheaties for a Nestl*s Crunch kind of treat. Great for dipping fruit like strawberries, too!

Cavities, Sugar Highs and Sick Kids Are the Real Spooks of Halloween! Love our healthy Halloween recipes for awesome raw vegan celebrations? Try this recipe and share your photos on RawMom’s Facebook Halloween page! Or, share your own original creation in the same photo folder. The day after Halloween, we will pick the lucky winner of 1 copy of Monkey Mike – The Uncook Book for Kids and 1 copy of The Healthy Lunch Box!

The deadline to enter the contest is November 1st. Each recipe with photograph is equal to one entry, with a maximum of one entry per recipe (i.e: if you make one recipe several times and post several photos, you only get 1 entry, but you get a new entry for each new recipe you make).

In February 2007, Angela discovered the benefits of raw food. Since then, she has enjoyed the challenge of creating healthy, delicious meals using fresh vegan ingredients. You can read her blog filled with scrumptious and original recipes on her blog,

Joanna Steven is the director of the Raw Mom Club. She’s also the author of Well-Rounded:The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Raw Food Pregnancy and The Milky Way – The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding on a Raw Food Diet.

To learn more about Joanna and get more delicious family friendly recipes, access our free online community of thousands of raw food enthusiasts doing their best to raise healthy families and help their kids enjoy a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also interact with Joanna at the Raw Mom Facebook Page!

 

 



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