3 Ingredient Raw “Hard-Shell” Chocolate Sauce
Chocolate is one of those things that has grown on me. I used to not be much of a fan, but that was of the sugar-loaded, low-quality, weird added ingredients types of chocolate. It always left me feeling blah.
Since changing my lifestyle and the way I eat, I’ve come to love chocolate. Which sounds a little counter-intuitive since chocolate is typically not associated with health. But why is that? Treats and desserts shouldn’t be a looked on as “bad,” they should be enjoyed knowing that they aren’t hurting your health, but actually benefiting your body.
That is the chocolate that I enjoy. The high-quality kind made with natural sweeteners and no added gunk. Like this chocolate sauce. Smooth and creamy, dark and rich. I’ve come to savor the naturally sweet flavor, the richness, and the nutrients (like magnesium and antioxidants!) that are found naturally in raw cacao.
Which means that the quality of the cocao powder itself is very important.
I’ve mentioned before, my go-to brand for cocao products is Terrasoul Superfoods. Terrasoul is a small, family-run business providing certified organic superfoods that are fair trade and sustainably-grown. I’ve enjoyed other products, like their Gelatinized Maca Powder, and am very impressed with the care that they put into sourcing their superfoods, their customer service, and their desire to offer products that are as minimally processed as possible.
This is very important to me. If I’m going to eat something processed, I want it to be as close to “whole food” as it can be. I want all of those amazing nutrients!
Their Raw Cocao Powder is made from Criollo beans of Peru, which is treated with great care. It is kept under 114°F while harvested, fermented, sun-dried and then pressed. The end powder is fine, as smooth as silk, and easily dissolves and mixes into my creations. It’s slightly sweet, has a wonderful aroma, and not bitter at all!
The fun part about this is that it hardens when cold. I drizzle it on some of my Sprouted No-Bake Cookies, nice cream or other non-dairy ice cream I make, and it quickly turns into a delicious hard shell. It’s also incredible kept warm like on my Fudgy Vegan GF Brownies. I like to drizzle on my hot soaked oat or sprouted buckwheat porridge!
- Coconut oil, organic, cold-pressed and unrefined
- Date paste
- Cacao powder, organic and raw
- Pinch of sea salt
Put softened or melted coconut oil in your blender, or in a jar (if using immersion blender).
Add about equal amounts cocao powder to coconut oil and a spoonful or so of date paste. Start with less than you think, as you can always add more.
Blend on high with your blender or immersion blender for about 10 seconds. This will ensure that it is well emulsified, smooth and creamy.
Taste. Is there enough cocao powder for that rich chocolate flavor? Does it need to be a touch sweeter? Add more if needed and blend until well incorporated.
Enjoy! Drizzle and dip on everything... or with your finger...
Ýou'll need a blender, like a Vitamix, or immersion blender.
*For those that don't know, my recipes are made as whole and nutrient-dense as possible, but still incredibly satisfying. I share my recipes without measurements and hope they equip you to not feel confined to a recipe, but rather confident in your kitchen to be able to create something unique, nourishing, and delicious all on your own. So take this recipe as inspiration and enjoy! Head on over to my IG @noelle.parton and tag me if you try this out, or contact me if you have questions or comments.
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