Mesquite & Maple Chocolate
Homemade chocolate is a MUST! Super easy. Economical. Guilt-free pleasure!
Given the key ingredients required for homemade chocolate are items that constitute a culinary nutrition pantry (i.e. organic, virgin coconut oil, raw cacao powder, high-quality sweeteners and sea salt), if you're feeling the need for some high-quality dark chocolate and don't feel like running out to your local health food store to get some, I've got you covered!
Yield: ~16-20 pieces (depending on size desired)
Prep Time: ~10 minutes
Freezer Time: ~30 minutes
Total Time: ~40 minutes
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2-3 tbsp. pure, maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
1-1.5 tbsp. raw/organic mesquite powder
Sprinkling of coarse sea salt, as garnish
Sprinkling of bee pollen, as garnish
*Also required: a square ceramic or glass baking dish, lined with parchment paper
*Alternatively, you may use a funnel and silicone chocolate mold. You may view my past raw chocolate blog post that incorporates these particular supplies, here!
1. Create a double boiler system on your stovetop: fill a pot approximately half-full with water and bring it to a rolling boil as your heat source. Place a heat-safe bowl inside the pot.
2. Add coconut oil to the bowl perched on top and allow it to melt. Add the raw cacao powder, pure maple syrup and mesquite powder and thoroughly mix with a wooden spoon or heat-safe spatula.
3. Pour the hot mixture into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper (the parchment paper should be large enough of a piece that it forms a barrier between the hot mixture and the walls of the baking dish without spillage. Trim any excess paper around the dish after the mixture has settled into it, as needed).
4. Sprinkle the mixture with coarse sea salt and some bee pollen, as desired.
5. Place the baking dish in the freezer to set. Will set in up to 30 minutes.
6. Once set, break into pieces as desired. This mixture will not slice; it is suited to being broken into chunks if not being poured into a silicone chocolate mold.
*Store leftovers in the freezer in an airtight, glass container.
About Mesquite Powder:
The mesquite tree is native to arid climates of the southwestern United States and parts of South America, such as Peru[i]
Mesquite powder comes about by first crushing the pods found on the mesquite tree, and then grinding the whole pod into a fine powder[ii]
It possesses a pleasant sweet, yet malty taste, and is suitable for use as a flour, sweetener or add-in ingredient for additional flavour[iii]
It has the ability to balance blood sugar[iv]
It is rich in protein, dietary fiber and antioxidants, as well as particular vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, manganese and zinc[v]
[i]-[v] Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary: Guiding the Body to a Natural State of Harmony. Mesquite - Organic. Retrieved February 15, 2018 from https://harmonicarts.ca/product/mesquite-organic/