As you know, the philosophy of Imperfectly Pure is 80% Natural + 20% Naughty = 100% Balanced Wellness! I believe it’s really important to do all the things you love, even if they are not necessarily “good” for you. They are probably “good” for you in the more unconventional sense, like they make you feel ALIVE, really INDULGENT, like a dare-devil, or just a DEVIL 😉
THANKFULLY Raw Chocolate does not need to fall into your 20% Quota – you can save that for Prosecco (like I am going to drink this weekend YUMMMYY), Mint Aeros, Walnut Whips, Tequila, and whatever else you love!
Todays/yesterdays recipes (Day 15 Welcome to Wellness – I think I have just got a bit mixed up as I didn’t write anything yesterday which was Day 15, but oh well) is Raw chocolate Truffles and a Raw Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart (for one – ME!)
First things First! The benefits of Raw Chocolate (which will come in the form of Raw Organic Cacao Powder and is available from Holland and Barrett, Wholefoods and all health food shops. A large packet is fairly pricey £12-£15 but will last you forever and can be used in so many yum ways!)
- Cacao is not only one of the tastiest foods on the planet but HURRAH one of the healthiest
- One of the best sources of magnesium (needed for numerous bodily functions and a nutrient many of us are deficient in)
- Antioxidant Rich
- Sulphur rich (Sulphur is sometimes the forgotten nutrient but is necessary for many functions and there is scientific evidence it can ward against arthritis and Alzheimer’s)
- Cacao has the power to create a natural “high” due to its content of feel good chemicals
- Raw Cacao Powder
- Ground almonds
- Desiccated coconut
- Coconut Oil
- Peppermint oil
- chia seeds
I made a batch of raw chocolate by melting a tea cup of coconut oil and mixing in 4 tablespoons of cacao powder (at this point, i challenge you simply to not eat the whole bowl!!). I then added in some chia seeds, cinnamon, peppermint oil. In a separate bowl I mashed with a fork 8 juicy dates with some warm water to make some caramel (OMG!!) and then added this to the chocolate bowl. The chocolate world really then is your oyster – you can add whatever else you want! cos I wanted to make these into truffles that would hold a shape i added in some ground almonds, stirring a spoon at a time until it was kind of thick. I then sprinkled some desicated coconut onto a plate and rolled The mixture in little balls into the coconut and popped in the freezer to set!
For the individual Tart I took a small Tupperware and mixed some desiccated coconut with ground almonds and melted coconut oil to form the base. I popped this in the freezer for 5 mins,. I then scooped in the remaining chocolate mix! and then basically ate it straight away COS IT WAS SO YUMMY!!!