Spring has definitely sprung my friends! The sun is shining and everything is awash with spring flowers and blossoms.

Whether you’re celebrating Easter or Passover this week, chocolate will definitely be on the cards.

And believe me no-one wants to miss out on chocolate, me included!! If you’re avoiding refined sugars for any reason, my raw chocolate recipe is awesome and you can still enjoy chocolate without the guilt or experiencing any symptoms. Refined sugar is extremely inflammatory, activating inflammatory molecules and increasing our risk of chronic diseases. So if like me, you follow an anti-inflammatory diet for disease prevention or management or are on the 28 Day Mind & Body Reset this month, then this is the chocolate recipe for you!

This dark raw chocolate retains all the benefits of the raw cacao, which provide our body with high amounts of antioxidants to help fight free radicals and reduce inflammation – great for anti-ageing too, boosts our metabolism and immune system and fights depression! Cacao also contains polyphenols which help reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and prevent hardening of the arteries, helping maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Maple syrup is an unrefined sweetener meaning that it still retains all its valuable nutrients beneficial for our health. It contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 are also found in maple syrup.

Raw Chocolate Buttons

Ingredients:

50g cacao butter (or coconut oil)
20g raw cacao
1.5 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla powder
tiny pinch of sea salt

Optional toppings: bee pollen, flaked almonds, desiccated coconut, freeze dried raspberries or any other dried fruit or nuts of your choice.

Method:

Heat up the cacao butter or coconut oil in a bain marie. (note if you are using coconut oil it melts much easier and you need to keep the chocolate in the fridge) By using gentle heat (below 49°C) you preserve all the beneficial compounds of cacao and cacao butter. When the cacao butter is melted you can add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well using a small whisk.

Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a baking tray and using a teaspoon drop dollops of the chocolate onto the paper. Add your chosen toppings or leave plain, then place in the fridge for 1 hour.

Little and big people love these. Enjoy!