‘Make’ (for those of you who are new to Sustainability in Style) is one part of our eight-part toolkit for living life in Sustainable Style minus eco-overwhelm. The reason why we’ve included this chocolate DIY here is that it can save you money (it’s cheaper than buying plant-based ‘raw’ chocolate bars) and it- especially at Easter- can eliminate the need for packaged choclate treats.
This recipe is easy to do at home and will need to be adapted to your climate and tastebuds.
You will need:
•1-2 tablespoons of Cacao
•1-2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
•2/3 of a cup of solid cacao butter buttons
•Cashew nut butter or 1/4 cup of cashews
•Rice Malt syrup (or honey/agave nectar) to taste.
If you’ve got cashews instead of butter blitz them in a coffee grinder to make paste or powder.
Melt your cacao butter buttons and coconut oil in a pan over very low heat stirring the whole time. Add or subtract the amount of coconut oil based on location. Coconut oil has a low melting point so if you live somewhere warm more coconut oil will make your chocolate melt faster.
Remove melted fix from stove and add sweetener to suit your taste. Sprinkle some salt (a pinch or two). Make sure it’s well mixed put it back on the stove if needed (you might need to do this if you live in a cold climate).
Add in cacao to taste (cacao is rich and bitter so get the balance right between sweet and cacao). Add cashew powder/butter and mix throughly. The cashews add some creaminess to the chocolate.
Pour your chocolate into a coconut oil greased mould or banking paper lined pan.
Freeze until solid and store chocolate in fridge until it’s time to eat.
Play with the recipe until you get the right balance of sweet (rice syrup) and richness (cacao powder) for your tastebuds, and firmness (cacao butter/coconut oil) for your location.
Depending on where you live all (or at least some) of these ingredients will be available at your local zero waste or bulk food store
OUR FREE MAGAZINE
It’s the comprehensive monthly highlight of the suite of tools we have designed to help simplify sustainability so you can take action on the things you care about (minus the eco-overwhelm). The content ties together our ‘Take Action’ focus theme. In a fast-paced media-saturated landscape, we hope that this way of sharing will provide you access to all our useful tools, without feeling lost or overwhelmed. Each month the latest copy of the magazine and our most recent resources are sent to your inbox (you will only receive one email a month from us). You will get reminders via our social media channels of what content we’re championing throughout the month.
We hope that you enjoy getting your Sustainable Style fix in this easy-to-read format and that it gives you a break from the abundance of social media updates and overflowing inboxes we now navigate daily