Natural Mango Scented Chocolates (raw and vegan)

Raw, Vegan, Sugar Free and Gluten Free

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 Last week of the uni semester is always so rough. This week I wrote two terrible essays for my final assignments, and waded through three hundred (literally three hundred I’m not even exaggerating) pages of notes trying to summarise for my exam next week. How did I manage to write so many pages of class notes? I don’t really know. Did I write down anything important? No. I can’t even understand myself from two weeks ago. In my mind when I take notes I always think “I’ll just abbreviate these words a bit to save time – future Lil will remember what I’m talking about”…

Future Lil never has any clue what I meant. In one of my law subjects this is one of the notes I wrote in class – “mention the dead baby case but the mum was mean so it didn’t work”. What. On. Earth. Was. I. On. About. “Sigh”. 

So instead of studying today I took a break to make chocolate. Because chocolate makes everything better! Especially when it is super good for you too and you don’t have to battle with assignments AND post-chocolate gorging regrets. 

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 My Step Dad very kindly bought my a huge block of cocoa butter a few weeks ago after he heard me raving about coconut butter (bless). I admit for the first couple days I just stared at it having no clue what to use it for. And then I realised there probably wasn’t a better possible way than just making real chocolate! 

So I got researching and it’s actually super easy to make at home. Raw cocoa butter and cocoa powder (usually called cacao) is actually really good for you. It is packed with antioxidants and has been heralded for its benefits to the skin and heart. When you heat it unfortunately you lose lots of those benefits, but you get a big difference in flavour as the chocolate essence transforms from quite a fruity, almost bitter flavour to a more nutty, dark, rich, smooth and complex flavour. (Never too many adjectives). 

I personally like the flavour of raw cacao so I used that exclusively here. If you get a good quality brand the chocolate flavour is still very sweet and strong. If you want the real dark chocolate experience, swap half the cocoa powder with Dutch-processed, or all of it if you prefer. 

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For the liquid sweetener, you can go with a few different alternatives. If you want to use real sugar, use icing sugar so that the texture isn’t grainy. For liquid sweeteners, you can use a scented honey like I have, or for a perfectly suitable vegan substitute you can use agave nectar (the light kind). I have heard of people using maple syrup, brown rice syrup and other fruit syrups as well all with great success. I kind of guessed the quantities from the back of a few chocolate bars and by reading some other recipes, and I think the equal parts method is quite standard. For darker chocolate feel free to increase the cocoa!

We had a jar of mango scented honey in the cupboard that I had been waiting to try out, so that’s what I used here. You can also stir through chopped nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes or anything you wanted really before the chocolate sets. It sets completely hard like real chocolate but keep it in a relatively cool place to avoid it melting. And you can use it in place of recipes that call for melted chocolate for a sugar-free vegan alternative! Win Win :) 

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Natural Raw Chocolate: 

100g (3.5 ounces) raw cacao powder, well sifted

100g (3.5 ounces) raw cocoa butter, roughly chopped

100ml (3.5 fluid ounces) raw honey, maple syrup or agave nectar

 Place a pot with a few inches of water over your lowest heat with a bowl placed on top. Heat the water until boiling, then turn off the heat. Put the cocoa butter in the bowl and allow to melt completely at a low temperature, to avoid killing the nutrients. In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa, sweetener of choice and cocoa butter well. Whilst still warm and runny, pour your chocolate into little cupcake moulds or chocolate moulds. Silicone will be easiest to remove later! Allow to cool completely in the fridge and then keep at room temperature. The chocolate lasts well for ages and makes great presents. This amount made 30 tiny cupcake moulds of chocolate, and you can easily increase or decrease to suit. Enjoy!

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32 thoughts on “Natural Mango Scented Chocolates (raw and vegan)

  1. This is a great idea – I’m off to research where I can get cocoa butter – you had better get back to figuring out your notes! If it is any consolation, when I take dictation, I speed write fairly illegibly and with the most ridiculous abbreviations. I have no idea what they are unless I transcribe straight away. If I have to do something else between the dictation and typing up the document, it is just a nightmare trying to figure it out!

  2. Chocolate DOES make everything better, doesn’t it?! Especially chocolates are beautiful and mouth-watering as these, I bet! Good luck with finishing up the semester :)

  3. I am SO impressed that you made your own chocolate! I always thought it was really difficult to do that. & mango-scented, too … mmmm! Good luck with the studying and deciphering your notes. I scribble notes all the time that I don’t understand later, so I hear you! :-)

  4. Sorry for being absent for so long and not even responding to your lovely comment, but I have been away for a while. I have not even seen a computer for days. But it is great to be back on my couch browsing my favourite blogs. You really have been making some amazing treats!!

  5. Yeah that’s me at this very moment! I have lots of exams coming up and tons of useless notes that I wrote thinking they’d help but they don’t so instead of studying I’m laying here looking at these chocolates and drooling ;–) Seriously, these need to happen in my life as soon as possible!
    Good luck with your exams girl!! xxx

  6. I’m a crazy note taker too. I often look back and think why did I write that and what did it mean. Like a few words will trigger my memory. Never happens. I sit and stare trying to figure out what it all means. Haha
    How awesome that you got a block of cocoa butter. To me that is like the equivalent of a block of gold :D These chocolates look perfect. Good luck with your exams!

  7. That’s awesome that you got a block of cocoa butter from your stepdad, love that you made these chocolates – they look amazing Lillian. :) Chocolate definitely makes everything better – good luck with your exams :)

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