Salted Raw Pecan Chocolate Brick

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Preparation time: 24hrs

Cooking time: 10min

SF, DF, GF, VG, Great for Kids

There is something so wonderful about making chocolate.  It is one of the most sensual and decadent experiences to have in the kitchen.  As you watch the cocoa butter melt and smell the liquid cocoa, and once it’s set, that feeling of excitement that comes when you realise you’ve created something that’s all yours to enjoy!

Well, maybe I might share some with my friends and family…….maybe.

Chocolate goes right back to our childhood doesn’t it.  We associate it with treats and fun and all sorts of goodness.  But, as most of us know now, the confectionery chocolate that most kids eat, that we ate, is full of horrible health depleting ingredients and chemicals.

And not only does confectionery chocolate play havoc on our health, it also plays havoc on our blood sugar levels and emotions.  Up and down, Up and down we go on the emotional roller-coaster created by horrible E-Numbers and Refined Sugar.  And you wonder why children end up in tantrums, meltdowns and mood swings after eating all of this?

So, learning how to make my own chocolate has become very important.  Not just to satisfy my cravings but also to make sure my daughter gets to enjoy those wonderful memories I had during Easters, Christmas’s and celebrations.  But all done in a way that will nourish and take care of us rather than deplete us.

From The Five Elements there are two really interesting aspects to chocolate that when I tell people, they always find fascinating.  And it makes our chocolate cravings make so much sense!

First off, the sweetness of chocolate satisfies the part of us that needs comfort, mothering, self-love and self-care.  From The Five Elements, it is in the sweetness that nourishes our Earth Element.  The element all about Mother, when we are all either in need of some mothering, either from others or from ourselves.  On an emotional level, almost all strong sweet cravings have this need at the core – but it’s not all that surprising now is it.

The second element that is tied in with chocolate is The Fire Element – Cocoa is a tropical plant (for most of us that don’t live in South America) and has very strong Fire Energy that stimulates the Heart.  Cocoa literally opens our hearts!  And often, if we are feeling heavy hearted, low in heart energy, over worked, heart broken, then of course we crave foods that will stimulate our heart to help us feel better.  Pretty amazing isn’t it!

Of course though, if we are always eating chocolate to satisfy our cravings for self-care and mothering and to stimulate our broken over loaded hearts, then we are not going to ever deal with the real problem underneath our cravings.  So I find it really helpful to understand our cravings like this, so when that chocolate cravings comes back for the 10th time that week, maybe we can ask ourselves….. am I overworked?  Do I need some self-care?  Do I feel broken hearted and need a hug or a cry instead or both?

Enjoy, indulge, love yourself and be kind

Love Nx

INGREDIENTS(Makes one 9inch x 9inch block)

  • 150g Raw Cocoa Butter
  • 55g Raw Cocoa Powder
  • 140g Maple Syrup (Depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 60ml Coconut Oil
  • 55g Goji Berries
  • 40g Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • 30g Pecans
  • 2-3 Pinches Sea Salt Crystals (Preferably Himalayan Sea Salt)

Method:

– First put some boiling water in the bottom of a pan and put a glass bowl on top of the pot. It is important that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the boiling water as this will burn the chocolate
– Put the pot on medium heat to bring it to high simmer
– Make sure there is no water in the bowl at all as this will make the chocolate split.
– Roughly cut the cocoa butter into small pieces and add to the glass bowl and stir frequently to support it melting. Then add the coconut oil and continue until both are fully melted into liquid
– Now add the cocoa powder & maple syrup. Stir really well until everything is combined
– Taste! Does it taste sweet enough for you? If not then add 1-2 tbls more of maple syrup.
– Now line a 9inch by 9inch baking dish with baking paper and pour in 3/4 of the chocolate mix
– Sprinkle half of the goji berries, coconut flakes, pecans and sea salt and pour over the rest of the chocolate so that it is all completely covered.
– Sprinkle on the remainder of the goji berries, coconut and pecans so that they are equally scattered across the chocolate block and lastly sprinkle the remainder of the salt crystals so they are equally spread too
– Now place the whole thing in the fridge to set overnight or the freezer to set for 2-3hrs
– Once done – take out and enjoy enjoy enjoy! Time to celebrate!

Celebrate being loving to yourself xxxx

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