Homemade chocolate is so inexpensive and easy to make! I absolutely ADORE it! So, when I came across the following recipe (contributed by Sophie MacKenzie) in "Alive Magazine", I couldn't resist trying it immediately! Alive Magazine is one of my favourite health and wellness magazines; the website may be accessed here.
Given that homemade chocolate recipes typically involve coconut oil, raw cacao (raw chocolate powder), raw honey or pure maple syrup as the sweetener, if these items are consistently in your pantry, you're good to go! The final step is to twist the flavour in some way, and in this case, the twist is tahini (raw sesame seed paste)!
Knowing how good tahini is for you (high in calcium, among a host of other minerals), and knowing that I've typically only used it in smoothies, dressings and sauces, I was looking forward to using it in a new way when trying out this recipe. It is AMAZING! It is super pleasing, especially when lightly dusted with some fine or coarse sea salt on top (sweet and salty together are GOLD)!
Without further adieu, the recipe from Alive Magazine:
*I doubled these ingredients and used a square, glass, baking dish, resulting in fudge just short of 1 cm in thickness. The recipe could certainly be tripled or quadrupled if wanting to batch make in a larger dish.
3/4 cup tahini
1 1/2 tsp. raw cacao powder
3 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. pure, maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt (plus more for sprinkling on top)
1. Line a standard 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" (22 x 12 cm) loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Combine tahini, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, and pure, maple syrup in a heatproof bowl and melt contents over a pot of simmering water, stirring to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until set.
3. Lift parchment paper and fudge out of the pan once set, slicing into squares and garnishing with a pinch of sea salt. Serve from frozen and store remainders in freezer.
Is sesame seed paste
“Unhulled” sesame seeds/tahini will be more nutrient-rich yet more bitter,
“Hulled” sesame seeds/tahini will contain less calcium, due to the hull/outer coating of the seed being removed
Is rich in dietary fiber
Rich in calcium, copper, iron, lecithin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin (vitamin B1), selenium and zinc