Homemade Chocolate Bites
Good quality chocolate can be a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while adding some high nutritional value ingredients into your diet.
Cocoa is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Chocolate “loves” our heart and is extremely beneficial for brain function and our nervous system. Plus, it boosts our mood in more ways than you can imagine.
Making chocolate at home is a fun, easy and (with the right recipe) delicious project. And of course, once you nail the basic recipe you can make any tasteful addition you like. You can add dried fruit, nuts or seeds, spices (have you tried chili with your chocolate?) or even some sea salt!
For about 30 pieces
- 150 gr. cacao butter βούτυρο
- 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 4 Tbsp honey or pure maple syrup or agave syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 small pinch sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
- 4 Tbsp. cacao nibs
- Almonds or hazelnuts (1 for each bite)
- Cut the cocoa butter in smaller pieces (to help it melt easier), insert in a bain-Mari / double boiler and stir gently until is all melted.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except the cacao nibs and the almonds/hazelnuts) and continue stirring until all the ingredients are well combined. This process should take 5 to 7 minutes.
- Pour the mixture in chocolate molds. Alternatively, you can pour it in a shallow pan (don’t forget to use parchment paper beneath it) in order to cut it in squares later on.
- Add 1 almond (or hazelnut) in each bite and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
- Put it in the fridge (or freezer) for about 30 minutes, until the chocolate haw set.
- Remove from their molds (or cut in squares) and store in an airtight container for up to one week.