Raw chocolate treats I made this week…

These two recipes go together.

Basically I was making a fudge cake for a party, but I couldn’t get all the fudge out of the blender.

You could use a food processor, or, as I did, make a  rich raw chocolate for adults, and then add milk and 2 bananas to the remaining fudge, to create a chocolate mix for iced-lollies.

This is also good use of the walnut milk, which is a by-product of the cake recipe, great!

The lollies contain very little cacao, so work well as healthy treats for young children.

I was in a hurry so unfortunately no photo :( (except for the kids enjoying the lollies!)

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Recipe yields:

6-8 iced lollies

4-6 adult portions of fudge cake

 

You will need:

  • A blender
  • A nut milk bag
  • 3 cups raw walnuts (soak half for 2 or more hours)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw carob powder
  • *you may wish to add other super foods to either dessert, such as maca powder, green powder, lucuma, hemp protein or hemp seeds (hulled)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar (raw honey, coconut sugar or other preferred sweetener)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 sprinkles of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (or other such oil, walnut, macadamia, olive or hemp oil, depending on flavour) I chose sesame as I added:
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds or desiccated coconut (optional)
  • 2 ripe bananas

Method:

  1. Drain and rinse the walnuts, rinse well again to get rid of all (enzyme inhibitor) residue
  2. Blend the soaked walnuts with 4 cups (approx) of filtered water
  3. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag, reserve the pulp and place pulp back in blender
  4. Put the walnut milk in fridge for use later
  5. Blend the walnut pulp with the cacao powder, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, sea salt, sesame oil on low speed, increasing slowly until all mixed (may need to scrape down the side and pulse again to blend
  6. Line a square tupperware or cake dish with parchment paper or cling film.  I used a tupperware 5″ x 5″ inch
  7. Scrape the batter out into the square container
  8. Get the rest of the walnuts and push them into the mix.  Spreading the mix. Top with optional sesame or hemp seeds.
  9. If your mix does not quite go square, do not despair :)  Add a tiny bit of the walnut milk to the blender and blend on high speed, this will create a bit of liquid mix that you can use to spread the fudge more evenly.
  10. Add two bananas and a tall glass of the hemp milk, blend on high, add the carob powder gradually, extra milk and any extra sweeteners such as agave, superfood powders such as lucuma or maca root, until desired taste and consistency.  The mix needs to be runny but tasty for lollies.  The sweetness will increase when frozen.
  11. Pour mix into the lollie moulds.
  12. Freeze the cake for at least 2 hours, the lollies for 6 hours.
  13. Take the cake out of freezer 15 minutes before serving.  Cut and serve.
  14. Take the lollies from the freezer and immerse in a sink of warm-to-the-touch water for 20-30 secs.  The lollies should pop out of the moulds with a twist.
  15. Enjoy and please let me know how you get on :)

Hannah-Marie

I'm a Yoga teacher and mother to 5-year old twins, with an interest in health, wellness and movement. In addition to articles on here, my work can be found by searching on Elephant Journal for my name, which will bring up recipes and mindful living articles. Thanks for reading :-)

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