I have a pretty big announcement. I’m not a religious person but this year, I’m giving up chocolate for Lent.
Yes. Chocolate. I know.
I’m Belgian, how can I give up chocolate??? Well I thought it was time for a challenge. It’s also a good time to start a healthy habit instead of focusing on having to “give up” something, so to compensate for the void left by
the love of my life my favourite sweet treat I shall be focusing on taking a walk after dinner every night (instead of having a piece of chocolate for dessert) and having a cup of tea.
Easier said than done, but Belgians are also known for their stubbornness.
But before Lent begins I am going to share with you a few chocolate recipes I’ve made lately, just so you’ve got an arsenal of recipes ready for Easter. Because when Easter comes around, chocolate won’t be safe from me.
I recently took a raw chocolate-making class where I learnt the following recipe. It’s quite easy; the only truly expensive ingredient you will need is raw cacao butter, but you get quite a lot for the price. All these ingredients are available in health food shops and online.
Takes 15 minutes to make
4 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp agave nectar (more if you have a sweet tooth)
2 tsp lucuma powder (optional)*
100g cacao butter
Place a bowl over a pan of hot water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). Cover with a cloth and let the cacao butter melt in that bowl; the whole process will take 7 or 8 minutes at most. Whisk the agave nectar, cacao powder and lucuma powder into the melted cacao butter. Spoon the melted chocolate into 5 medium-sized moulds (about an inch in diameter). Refrigerate for at least an hour.
If you wish to add more flavour to your chocolates you can add 2 tsp whiskey (which isn’t raw, but it’s still scrumptious), 2 tsp maca powder, ground cinnamon or other spices. You will need to alter the liquid to solid ingredients ratio accordingly but I assure you it’s very hard to go wrong with this.
* The lucuma powder adds the ‘snap’ to the chocolate but isn’t totally necessary.
These are also the perfect gift idea this Easter. Treat a friend or a family member to a healthier but still indulgent kind of chocolate this year 🙂