Raw Vegan Chocolate Treats

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Who doesn't love chocolate? How about raw vegan chocolate? Did you know that raw chocolate has an abundance of healthful qualities, is easy to make, cruelty-free and even more delicious than the alternative? I feel blessed to share my favourite recipe that will help you learn how to turn a “naughty” indulgence into a nutrient-rich snack sure to curb any sweet chocolate cravings — perfect for the holidays! This raw chocolate recipe uses very few ingredients and what makes it unique and delicious is what’s encased in the chocolate. I’ve told many chocolatiers this secret recipe hoping someone would share it with the world, but hey, sometimes you just have to do it yourself. 

Raw Chocolate Turtles (makes 25 chocolates)

1/2 cup grated raw cacao butter (50 g)
3/8 cup raw cacao powder (40 g)

25 soft Medjool dates
50 raw pecans

Directions:
Carefully open each date lengthways (like a book) and remove the pit. Place two pecans inside each open date; press the dates back together so that the nuts are encased in the middle. Squish each one fairly flat. Fill a medium-sized pot with water; place another metal or glass pot on the water to create a double broiler. Warm the water on the stove to just below boiling.

Grate the raw cacao butter, and add to the empty glass/metal pot to melt. Stir until melted, making sure the water doesn’t boil. Once fully melted, slowly whisk in the cacao powder until you have a smooth chocolate sauce. Remove pot from the hot water and let sit 3 to 5 minutes to cool and thicken, stirring to thicken. While cooling, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Using a fork or your fingers, place a flattened date/nut round into the raw chocolate, making sure to coat evenly. Give the chocolate turtle a small shake to remove excess chocolate and carefully place onto the cookie sheet. Drizzle any extra chocolate on top of each turtle. If you’re in a rush to eat, place the coated chocolates into the freezer to cool quickly for 3 to 5 minutes; otherwise place them in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes. Once the chocolate is solid, they are ready to serve!

Chewy, sweet and satisfying, they are perfect to share anytime. I really hope you love them!