Whether called “Theobroma: Food of the Gods” as its formal scientific name, or “Food of the Heart” as we all know around Valentines, chocolate is a favorite gift of love.
In its raw form, you can send the message of heartfelt love that is an incredibly rich supply of magnesium and other essential minerals (calcium, zinc, iron, copper and potassium).
Spicy Raw Chocolate Truffle
½-cup solid cacao butter
5 Tablespoons cacao powder
1 tsp Vanilla powder or raw seeds from bean
Dash of salt
Cinnamon and cayenne to taste
2 tablespoons of raw honey (Manuka works well, but a local raw honey is best; or
substitute agave or coconut palm nectar if preferred)
Optional – garnish with green Matcha tea powder, cacao powder or cinnamon
Chill the ceramic plate or mold.
Melt the Cacao butter using double boiler. After it’s melted, remove it from the heat and fold in the vanilla, cacao powder, and salt. Add the sweetener and spices while still folding to combine.
Spoon the chocolate out onto a plate, and let it chill for 20-30 minutes in refrigerator. Remove it from the refrigerator, and break the chocolate into pieces at “normal room temperature”. The chocolate will begin to melt the longer it is at room temperature, so if it begins to get too soft to form into truffles, put the mixture bag in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and start the process over again.
An alternate way to form the truffles is to pour the chocolate directly into a mold, and let it chill completely. Add the Matcha, Cinnamon, or Cacao powder to a sieve and shake lightly over the truffles to garnish.
Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.