Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Raw Chocolate 101

Yesterday I taught a raw chocolate class.... ah choccie - my favourite thing to eat, make, talk about, share with others ...etc etc... best thing in the world in my books!!!!

I believe everyone had a good time - how could they not? After a talk about the benefits and the ins and outs on how to prepare it, we moved to the kitchie to play! A big chocolate feast was enjoyed at the end of class - with so many leftovers that people took goody bags home.

So just what was on the menu? Cookies, cake, pie, pudding, sauce, smoothie, dark chocolate...

Choco Nana Shake
1 large frozen banana
1/4 cup cashews
1-2T raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 large dates, pitted or other sweetener
1 1/2 cups water (or 1 cup water/ 1/2 cup ice)
Blend all until smooth.

Chocolate Pudding
1 medium avocado
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor, until smooth and creamy.
For orange chocolate pudding, sub orange juice for the water and add 1/2 tsp orange zest.

Chocolate Sauce from my Just Desserts ebook.

Moist Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup almonds, ground
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 medium apple, peeled, grated
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon carob powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla liquid

In a food processor, combine the ground almonds, walnuts, and dates into small crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to mix. Spread the mixture into a small pan. Chill. Slice.

Carmi's Dark Chocolate

1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
2-4 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk ingredients together until smooth. Add in fruits and or nuts of choice. Pour into mini silicone molds or paper lined muffin tins. Chill in the fridge until firm.

Everyone made a chocolate cup, customizing with goji berries, cacao nibs, almonds, walnuts, raisins, mulberries, and coconut.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Dip strawberries into the liquid dark chocolate. Chill until the chocolate hardens.

Chocolate Banana Coconut Tart from Just Desserts.

Didn't they do a great job at decorating it?! :)

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Found on RFC, these cookies are amaaaazing!

1 3/4 cup ground cashews
3/4 cup ground oats
1/4 cup agave
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
3-4 tablespoons cacao nibs
Stir together all ingredients. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment paper lined tray. Chill in the fridge until firm.

We also made a batch of Oatmeal Raisins Cookies, subbing 1/4 cup raisins for the cacao nibs.

Chocolate Macaroons
2 cups dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup cacao powder
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt

In a bowl, stir all ingredients to combine.
Spoon balls of the dough onto waxed p
aper. Chill in the fridge/freezer until firm.

Here are a few other action shots from the class.

A fun time had by all...I hope this inspires you to eat some raw chocolate! :)


VeganWoman said...

All of those pictures made me crave chocolate. I wish I could have attended! I bet the macaroons are incredible!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

OMG This is music to my chocolate ears!!!!!!! I am soooo bookmarking this page for future reference.

I also didnt know you had an e-book. I have been toying with the idea of writing an ebook b/c my readers tell me every day that I should. I would probably do lots of desserts. Not to be too personal but if you do ever feel like sharing or chatting about it, I would be honored to pick your brain about any tips you've learned along the way.

averiesunshine@gmail.com is my direct email as I know blogger (sigh....) conceals email identity. I am on blogger too.

Anyway my dear, you're gorgeous as usual, and so are all your recipes!!!!

Tess said...

I am MORE than inspired to eat some raw chocolate!!! Thank you for the recipes!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I want to take one of your chocolate classes! Everything looks AMAZING! I had to go get a piece of chocolate from the kitchen just to handle this post, super beautiful!

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Shanghai Monkey said...

WOW! I would love to take that class. The raw food class that I took didn't give out goodie bags to take home :( And we didn't make anywhere near that amount of food. Thanks for all the recipes!! I'm going to try Carmi's Dark Chocolate (yay no cacao butter needed) ^_^

shannonmarie said...

Mmmm ... chocolate. I'm so glad Hayden doesn't get fussy when I eat it. Most breastfed babies can't handle the stuff, but she loves it :-)

Sweet Selena said...

Love, love chocolate!:) Your dessert book is the best. I love the granola bar recipe, its a great pick me up after working out. Chocolate Apple Cake was a huge hit with my family and me. Thanks!!!

Brightest Blessings!~

Claire said...

Oh girl, I am all over this entry! Thanks for posting the recipes, as well!

You are a major inspiration in my raw foods journey, as I was afraid (in the beginning) I would have to sacrifice my love of baking when switching to a live food diet...thanks :)

suthenboy said...

Oh boy! I can't wait for Raw Goddess adventures in Florida. I got the ingredients you bring your skillz.

Yaelian said...

That must have been such a fun event,I love raw chocolate and those raw chocolate creations from your class makes me want so to make them!

EatHealthyBeHappy said...

Sounds and looks so delicious.

Raw Goddess said...

Yaaaay!!! Im glad you're all inspired to eat some choccie!!!! Isn't it the best food ever?

Averie - will email you girliee!

Shanghai - you're gonna loooove the dark chocolate!!!

Selena - thanks, im glad you're enjoying the book!

Suthenboy- Woo hoo! Can't wait to rawk the kitchen in Florida with you!

Tess said...

Okay...I made some raw chocolate from cacao, coconut oil, some vanilla, agave and cacao nibs inspired by Carmi's Dark Chocolate...wow...I may never buy chocolate ever again.

Roxanne said...

I love chocolates. I didn't thought vegetarians can enjoy chocolates too. mmmm, yummy..

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

Yum, Yum, and Yum.

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Wow, so impressed. I lucked into finding your blog via Tess @ Tess Loves Food Made from Food. So glad I did.