Sunday, December 29, 2013

your (chocolate) - and eat it too



We all know the adage about having cake - that one cannot have the best of everything, or at least everything one wants. Most of the time that is sadly all too true but every once in a while, maybe only one time out of a million, you get to have your cake and eat it too. This is one of those times.

I wasn't planning to blog this up today. Someday because it is certainly something to share but not Today because (as the photos attest) I just wasn't prepared. But as I was enjoying my snack of apple and chocolate, reading and relaxing for the first time in many days, I realized I simply couldn't not. Something so fast, delicious, and healthy demands some press. Now.

I must give credit where credit is due and it is due here - this is an invention of Eden's. She is currently adhering to a very strict diet in an attempt to right a few health wrongs she has been suffering. Sugar of any variety - natural, unrefined or otherwise (except what occurs naturally in fruit) - is definitely not on the plan. She is for sure my daughter though and no treats make a very sad girl, especially during this festive season when we are all eating our heads off. She was craving a treat one day, looked at what was 'allowed' and what was in her cupboard and this concoction was born. Made of coconut oil, raw cacao, a little sea salt and some spice there is nothing in here that is not plain awesomely healthy. I will add here that I was sceptical about how delicious it could be without even a drop of sweetener; after one taste I was converted.

We love this exactly as is but we are big fans of richly deep dark chocolate. If you find it is not sweet enough to qualify as a treat just add a little honey or maple syrup to taste. I would start with a teaspoon of either - if I was going to mess with what I figure is pretty perfect :)

Coconut oil is incredibly 'responsive' to room temperature. Today room temperature is a little on the cool side so what remains of my chocolate 'dip' is more like fudge than a dip. No matter, it works for me. I could have warmed it in a little bowl of warm water for a minute but I just wanted my apple slices and some chocolate asap.

We have tried two flavour options thus far - vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt or cayenne pepper, ginger, and sea salt. Can't say which I prefer. A slice of apple, an orange section, a strawberry or pear, all those have accompanied a smear of coconut oil and cacao on the slide to my tummy.

eden's coconut-cacao dip

3/4 cup virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup raw cacao
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp grey sea salt
1 tsp true ground cinnamon

Using a spoon blend the ingredients together into a smooth paste.

Store in a covered jar. (But it won't need to store long. Promise.)

Eden makes her 'treat' in individual size batches but being the lazy cook I am and knowing that I/we would want a very ready treat I made a larger batch. Even at that, we might have enough for the rest of the day. It was certainly nice to pull it out for a snack with my read this afternoon.

6 comments:

Sonja said...

Thank you for blogging this! :)

Jocelyn said...

Where do you buy your cacao? What brand is it that you prefer?

I have tried the dark chocolate with sea salt by Lindt but it does not have enough salt in it for my liking. A bit here and there. I would love to try and make my own. Have you ever made that before?

Cheri said...

Jocelyn - my favourite source for cacao here in Calgary is The Light Cellar in Bowness. They do have a website and an online shop. I like the Arriba nacional cacao powder best but they usually have at least a couple of varieties. Their cacao nibs are incredible too.

I haven't made my own 'chocolate bars' but I hear you on the salt in the chocolate - one reason I love this treat so much. I like the Lindt bar but there is another (saltier) dark chocolate bar I am particularly partial to. It is the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bar from the Fair Trade Bar line of Galerie Au Chocolat.

Cheri said...

Jocelyn - my favourite source for cacao here in Calgary is The Light Cellar in Bowness. They do have a website and an online shop. I like the Arriba nacional cacao powder best but they usually have at least a couple of varieties. Their cacao nibs are incredible too.

I haven't made my own 'chocolate bars' but I hear you on the salt in the chocolate - one reason I love this treat so much. I like the Lindt bar but there is another (saltier) dark chocolate bar I am particularly partial to. It is the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bar from the Fair Trade Bar line of Galerie Au Chocolat.

Jocelyn said...

Oh thank-you! I appreciate it so much. I don't live in Calgary but I am happy they do have an online store.

I will have to see if I can get that chocolate bar. I am just looking for that little bit more salt. Thank-you so much for your help!

melrudd said...

Made it and love it. Thanks Cheri. Your blog is so pretty. I forget to check it out and then I remember or Hannah mentions something and I'm always happily rewarded. xxx
melanie