3 Ingredient Raw “Hard-Shell” Chocolate Sauce
Chocolate is one of those things that has grown on me. I used to not be much of a fan, but that was of the sugar-loaded, low-quality, weird added ingredients types of chocolate. It always left me feeling blah.
Since changing my lifestyle and the way I eat, I’ve come to love chocolate. Which sounds a little counter-intuitive since chocolate is typically not associated with health. But why is that? Treats and desserts shouldn’t be a looked on as “bad,” they should be enjoyed knowing that they aren’t hurting your health, but actually benefiting your body.
That is the chocolate that I enjoy. The high-quality kind made with natural sweeteners and no added gunk. Like this chocolate sauce. Smooth and creamy, dark and rich. I’ve come to savor the naturally sweet flavor, the richness, and the nutrients (like magnesium and antioxidants!) that are found naturally in raw cacao.
Which means that the quality of the cocao powder itself is very important.
I’ve mentioned before, my go-to brand for cocao products is Terrasoul Superfoods. Terrasoul is a small, family-run business providing certified organic superfoods that are fair trade and sustainably-grown. I’ve enjoyed other products, like their Gelatinized Maca Powder, and am very impressed with the care that they put into sourcing their superfoods, their customer service, and their desire to offer products that are as minimally processed as possible.
This is very important to me. If I’m going to eat something processed, I want it to be as close to “whole food” as it can be. I want all of those amazing nutrients!
Their Raw Cocao Powder is made from Criollo beans of Peru, which is treated with great care. It is kept under 114°F while harvested, fermented, sun-dried and then pressed. The end powder is fine, as smooth as silk, and easily dissolves and mixes into my creations. It’s slightly sweet, has a wonderful aroma, and not bitter at all!
- Coconut oil, high quality, cold-pressed and unrefined
- Date paste
- Raw, high-quality cacao powder
- Put softened or melted coconut oil in your blender, or in a jar (if using immersion blender).
- Add about equal amounts cocao powder to coconut oil and a spoonful or so of date paste. Start with less than you think, as you can always add more.
- Blend on high with your blender or immersion blender for about 10 seconds. This will ensure that it is well emulsified, smooth and creamy.
- Is there enough cocao powder for that rich chocolate flavor? Does it need to be a touch sweeter? Add more if needed and blend until well incorporated.
- Enjoy! Drizzle and dip on everything... or with your finger...