With Easter just around the corner we’ve put together a three-step DIY guide to making your own sugar-free chocolates, using healthy unprocessed ingredients so you don’t have to worry about what’s lurking in the foil-wrapped supermarket guff.
Step 1 – Choose your basic chocolate mix:
- Dark Chocolate: Combine ½ cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup, ½ cup raw cacao powder, 2 tablespoons coconut cream in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring until melted and combined well.
- White Chocolate: Combine ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup cacao butter, 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup, ½ teaspoon vanilla powder, 2 tablespoons coconut cream in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring until melted and combined well.
Step 2 – Add some flavour:
Throw in one of the following combinations:
- Raspberry ripple: A few frozen raspberries with coconut flakes.
- Nut cluster: Chopped mixed nuts and a sprinkle of sea salt.
- Coconut rough: Shredded coconut.
- Turkish delight: A few drops of rosewater and chopped pistachios.
- Sea salt: A sprinkle of sea salt.
- Sesame dream: Replace coconut cream with tahini. Sprinkle with black or white sesame seeds.
- Peanut butter and jelly: Replace coconut cream with peanut butter. Add a few frozen raspberries.
Step 3 – Choose your presentation:
- Easter moulds: There are a variety of different Easter moulds on the market. Bunnies and eggs are the obvious choices but let your imagination run wild with the possibilities.
- Barks: This is probably one of the easiest ways to make chocolate and it looks pretty impressive too. Simply spread mixture out on to a baking paper lined tray or plate and pop in to the freezer to set. Break into shards.
- Patty cases: Fill mini patty cake cases and place in the fridge or freezer to set. You can either serve them in their cases or peel away the paper to reveal a cute little cup shape.
- Egg cups: Lightly grease egg cups and fill with mixture. Once set, gently remove to reveal a smooth half egg shape. You could even sandwich two together with a little nut or coconut butter to create one solid egg.
We also really love this idea we stumbled across on Pinterest from Our Chocolate Shavings blog.
Paint some egg shells with pastel colours and fill with your favourite sugar-free chocolate mousse recipe. Our Vegan Chocolate Mousse recipe would be perfect.
Note: All of the above chocolates will melt if not kept in the fridge. Keep this in mind if you’re considering giving these chocolates as a gift.
We can’t wait to see what great DIY sugar-free chocolates you whip up for Easter. Make sure you take a snap and hashtag #iqs #iqseaster.
For more chocolate recipes check out our Chocolate Cookbook.