Today I have a special Valentine's treat for you—a healthy recipe for raw white chocolate! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and is dairy-free. Traditional white chocolate usually contains sugar and milk solids, along with cacao butter. My recipe uses raw honey and raw cashew butter, as well as raw cacao butter. If you can't handle the buzz dark chocolate gives you then try this recipe. It's caffeine-free but still has some of the feel-good compounds found in chocolate.
You should be able to find all of the ingredients at your local health food store or online. One lucky person can win all of the ingredients, plus two silicone candy molds, for this raw white chocolate recipe on Facebook! That's right, I am doing my very first Facebook giveaway for you! Just go to our Facebook page and look for the giveaway photo at the bottom of this post. Leave a comment under the photo there. Drawing will end Monday, February 10th 2014, at 9pm PST.
Raw Vanilla White Chocolates
You can vary this recipe by omitting the vanilla and adding 1 teaspoon peppermint extract for peppermint candies. You can also try adding either 1 teaspoon of organic lemon or orange flavoring in place of, or in addition to, the vanilla powder. You can also make a filling for the chocolates (see my almond-cacao version below). These white chocolates do best stored in the freezer or refrigerator, otherwise they begin to get soft at room temp. You can also pour the mixture into a pan lined with parchment (pictured here on my Instagram acct.).
1 cup melted raw cacao butter (about 8 ounces)
¾ cup raw cashew butter
4 to 5 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon raw vanilla powder
pinch sea salt
pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
2 to 3 teaspoons raw honey
Melt the cacao butter over the lowest heat possible. Add to a blender along with the raw cashew butter, honey, vanilla powder, and salt. Blend on high until smooth. Place candy mold onto a cookie sheet (this way you can easily transfer it to the freezer). Pour liquid white chocolate into candy molds or a glass bread pan lined with parchment paper.
If you want to make white chocolate candies with a filling (as pictured above) then add the ingredients for the filling to a small bowl and stir together with a fork until combined. Roll 1/2 teaspoon-sized portions in your hands. Fill the candy molds 3/4 of the way full with the liquid white chocolate mixture. Drop in each ball of filling. Fill each candy mold the rest of the way with the white chocolate.
Freeze the candy molds or bread pan for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and pop white chocolates out of the molds or remove the parchment and block of white chocolate, cut into squares with a sharp knife. Freeze chocolates for storage. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com
Yield: about 60 bite-sized white chocolates
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Giveaway ends on Monday, February 10th 2014, at 9pm PST.
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