Happy Valentine’s Day! Guess what. Favouring a plant-based diet (with lots of yummy raw foods) doesn’t mean that you miss out on yummy treats such as chocolate. In fact, armed with the right know-how, you can make your lover the healthiest, highest vibrational, healing and potent aphrodisiac chocolate they could possibly get their hands on.
And there’s no dairy in this, or sugar, or fake things, just pure whole ingredients, and love:
Cacao butter is the natural fat that is pressed out from the cacao bean. It smells divine. Try using it as daily moisturiser, or for a delicious massage. Cacao butter is rich in essential fatty acids Omega-6 and the monounsaturated Omega-9. So it helps your brain function, lubricates the skin and hair, and looks after the heart. It also contains stearic acid – a fat that doesn’t affect your blood cholesterol levels. You can also use it as a lip balm as its very high in Vitamin E.
Cacao Powder is made by processing raw cacao beans, with the fat (cacao butter) removed. It is the most antioxidant rich food on the planet and is full of minerals such as calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium (for balancing brain chemistry), manganese (for oxygenating the blood) potassium, zinc, and sulfur (for healthy hair and nails). But for V day, we want to eat it for the feel-good hormones…endorphins, phenylethylamine and anandamide make us feel happy, elated and…in the mood!
Ps. This recipe looks easy to make. And I guess it is. But that still didn’t stop me from covering the entire kitchen in clouds of cacao powder and rose petal confetti.
Rosey Rocky Road
- 1 cup cacao butter liquefied
- 1 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 2 scrapped vanilla beans
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 cup cacao powder sifted
THE ROCKY FACTOR:
- ½ cup walnuts ground in food processor to a rough meal
- ½ cup macadamia nuts chopped
- 1 cup dried sour cherries organic, no added sugar
THE ROSE FACTOR:
- Dried rose petals to sprinkle
- First, make the base chocolate. Blend the first five ingredients of The Base together till smooth and creamy, then add the cacao powder and give a final blitz.
- Now, add the Rocky. Pour the base into a large mixing bowl, and stir in all the Rocky ingredients.
- Finally, make it pretty. Pour the mixture into an 8 inch pan, lined with baking paper. Sprinkle dried rose petals and happy wishes over the top to decorate, and let set in the freezer for an hour before serving.