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I am lucky enough to have one of those wonderful friends who always pitches up armed with comfort food.
In the past, this dear friend has arrived with plump Medjool dates (I was pregnant at the time and she had brought them to help nourish the baby) and amazing Iraqi date syrup (which I had never heard of before but is now a permanent feature in my kitchen!)
But recently, when times were tough, she outdid herself – arriving with all the necessary ingredients and moulds required to make chocolate!
As we chatted and I updated her on the latest from my divorce, she took over my kitchen and busied herself with warming coconut oil and melting the other wonderful ingredients into it!
Amazingly, although this chocolate is frozen – it does not go as hard as normal chocolate and therefore doesn’t taste like a frozen treat. I find it works particularly well with a hot drink, as it melts swiftly in the mouth and feels indulgent – but virtuous – as it is (relatively) healthy.
There are any number of variations – and it is possible to add anything from salt, chilli, mixed nuts to desiccated coconut! My friend is a creative chocolate genius – but unfortunately I do not share her skills – so I have only perfected a plain chocolate version. For me, this is the ultimate delicious treat, just as it is!
Any type of chocolate mould will do – but I really like these hearts which you can get from Amazon.
50g Raw Cacao Powder
50g Date Syrup (or honey/other liquid sweetener)
50g Almond (or other nut) butter
50g Melted coconut oil
Optional: nuts, seeds, banana chips, desiccated coconut, rock salt, chilli, berries etc
- Melt the coconut oil gently in a pan.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients with the oil in a bowl.
- Spoon into your chocolate mould – adding optional seeds/nuts etc if you wish to.
- Put in the freezer until hard – this usually takes about 30 minutes.
- Store in the freezer to keep them from melting.
- Put on the kettle to combine them with your favourite hot drink. And try not to eat them all at once!
As an aside: in the two minutes I was taking photographs before I sat down to enjoy the combination of hot tea and melting chocolate – I was treated to a rare moment of January sun! Spring is coming (well, at some point, anyway…) and I just wanted to share this tiny – and all too brief – ray of winter sunshine!
I hope you enjoy!
Ps – I absolutely love this Dorset Blue hob kettle which I got for Christmas! Adds lots of rustic character to my kitchen. You can find them here.
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