Meet one of my best homemade chocolate recipes! This refreshing dark chocolate is prepared using the best chocolate ingredients and I promise you that it’s going to satisfy all your chocolate cravings. The main highlights of this recipe are: cacao mass and cacao butter, plus dried mango, crunchy macadamias and sunflower seeds.
We’ll prepare this recipe using a double boiler since this is the best way to melt and combine all the chocolate ingredients. It takes about 20-30 minutes to make and we’ll be using the following raw ingredients:
- cacao mass
- cacao butter
- coconut sugar
- some butter
- coconut oil
But the ingredients list doesn’t stop here because I’ve decided to include some very special extras for extra flavor and more nutrients:
- raw macadamias
- sunflower seeds
- and dried mango
If you’re feeling creative you can also add in some of the following spices:
- or even turmeric
Healthy chocolate ingredients
Since the chocolate itself is almost dark and has a bitter taste not everybody likes, I’ve used dried mangos to make it a bit sweet and sour. Together with the macadamias and the sunflower seeds, they all add a bit of crunchiness (is this a word?!) to the finished chocolate.
Dried mangoes are loaded with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes) and some sugar that makes them great when used as a recovery snack after a long walk or an intense training session.
Macadamias, on the other hand, are literally the most perfect and good-for-you of the nuts family:
- they’re loaded with beneficial fats
- they’re low in omega 6 compared to other nuts
- low in phytates (a type of anti-nutrient that interferes with mineral absorption)
- low in pesticide residues even when grown conventionally
Sunflower seeds are themselves loaded with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals which makes them ideal as a snack food, on top of salads or used in raw cookies. Since their fat profile makes them rather sensible to heat, it’s best to consume them raw. Note that I don’t emphasize on using sunflower seeds oils, and the same goes for other types of seed oils (but that’s another story).
Quick Advice: Make an effort to buy dried mangos from organic sources and without preservatives or added sugar. You need to do your own research here and read the labels; unfortunately most dried mango products contain one or even both of these bad ingredients (sugar and preservatives).
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Homemade Chocolate with Macadamias, Mango and Sunflower Seeds
- 50 g cacao mass
- 50 g cacao butter
- 20–30 g coconut sugar
- 20–30 g butter (optional, skip if you make this vegan)
- 20–30 g extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 3-4 macadamias (chopped big)
- 1-2 tsp sunflower seeds
- dried mango (chopped)
- Add cacao mass, cacao butter and coconut sugar into double boiler. Mix using a silicone spatula, until they start to melt.
- Add in butter, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and melt everything together. In a few minutes you should obtain something like a hot chocolate creme. Make sure to never boil the water from the double boiler — move aside when this happens and continue there.
- Once done, pour the chocolate paste into a heat resistant tray (I use a heat resistant glass dish from IKEA).
- Now for the really fun part: add your macadamias, sunflower seeds and dried mangos. Using a silicone spatula, spread them into the chocolate.
- Move the container in the fridge for a few hours until rock solid.
- Remove it from the fridge when it’s rock solid, cut into squares and give it a try. Enjoy!