Ecstatic Raw Chocolate

Posted by: on Maj 29, 2012 | 69 Comments

Heart full of laughter

Mouth full of Ecstatic Raw Chocolate

Oh.My.Word. Combine Sarah B with Elenore Earth and you end up with a total love fest. And yes, it includes Raw chocolate so great we even named it Ecstatic (that was due to the over all weekend feeling as well though). Since you do know both of us in some sense you know that we love to share and that is why we even wrapped up the chocolate for you. Read on to get the whole present, baby!

There is something truly magical about co-creating and even though what we do on our own can be explosive, once you find people that simply make you soul sing, that explosion turns to glimmering fireworks.

This is why we, Sarah and I put our gorgeous souls/brains/minds together to create a downright ECSTATIC post for you! I know that Sarah has a bunch of real yummy things to tell you about the cacao butter while I decided to give you salty (in a good way) facts in my ”Fun & Fabulous Facts” section. So be sure to head over to Sarah for her take on this post/recipe/story.

Now I know that I can totally spend this whole post writing about Sarah and all her light but I think you´d better visit her amazing My New Roots and experience all that greatness for yourselves. Anyhow, last week this super soul sister crossed the ocean between Denmark and Sweden to come visit me in the forest. The result? Barefoot frolicking, Greenylicious food, a LOT of talking/planning/dreaming/photo shooting and I´m telling you, A.Huge.Amount.Of. Fireworks.

When I first found My New Roots a little over a year ago I was blown away by Sarah´s ability to deliver great content and high quality recipes every week. Each post infused with her wisdom and hunger (!) for life combined with her glowing spirit and sense of humor. When we finally met a while back, it was like uniting with a kindred goddess that simply had been missing for a while. No biggie. Ehrm..

I´m absolutely certain that my Sprout have a lot to thank her Roots for and we all know that those two are a great deal stronger, interesting and inspiring together which is why the adventure does not end with this co-created post/recipe. If I were you I´d keep an eye out for crazy amazing My New Roots + Earthsprout co-creations in the future.

Fun & Fabulous Facts

I have been waiting for the right time to tell you about SALT and I believe that the moment has finally arrived (drum roll). I often get questions on why I insist on writing ”Himalayan pink salt” in all my recipes instead of just, well, ”salt”. You should know it´s not beacause I want to be all super fancy but thing is, the right or wrong kind of salt can make it or break it when it comes to food creating. Add the fact that you can choose between salt with awesome nutrients or salt that takes your system for a toll (a bad one) and there you have it. The reason for my salty obsession.

If you consider the fact that our body is like a tiny ocean and like all oceans it needs a good balance of minerals like salt to function properly. Salt has the ability to add the final touch to a recipe (in this case chocolate) which means I just have to love it. Even so, it is imortant to keep in mind that the load of salt in our diet for the past decades (much due to fast food and pre-packaged ”foods”) has made it hard for our tiny oceans to stay balanced.

Bleached and processed salt is certainly one of the ”bad” whites and that is why, when I use salt, choose the ones that are as close to it´s original form as possible. Like Himalayan pink salt or quality Sea salt (and the list goes on) that contain way more trace minerals then their completely human made white breed and do not have any additives (yes your regular table salt may have additives!)

The excess salt consumption of today may contribute to vascular insufficiency, hypertension, high blood pressure, difficult pregnancies. Plus it interferes with calcium and nutrient absorption and weakens the kidneys. I mean if there is an imbalance in you ocean everything is affected and you know it. Now I can almost hear some of you yell ”what about iodine?!” so let me write a little note on iodized salt. I strongly believe that there are so many better ways of getting the important mineral iodine into our diets then simply falling into the hands of the clever industry. I add powdered Kelp (a seaweed) as seasoning in my food to give it a huge iodine boost, try it! It is naturally salty and way better than that processed, bleached and altered with iodized table salt.

Keep in mind that real, pure, whole foods and traditional cooking very rarely need much or any salt at all. When you do use salt I hope you´ll embrace the wonders of the real kind and not the ones that humans has altered with for the ”greater good” like table, kosher and other refined salts. Ohh, now I want popcorn with Himalayan pink salt, haha.

Ecstatic Raw Chocolate

I have kept this raw chocolate recipe from you for way to long but ya know what? There are perfect recipes and there are P.E.R.F.E.C.T recipes. Turns out, all this one needed was the My New Roots/Earthsprout collision to get that crazy, almost to good to be true-touch. Now you go and tweak it in any way you like and play with different flavors and endless possibilities. After all. It is even good for you!

Makes 2 large chocolate bars

Ingredients:

30 g / 1oz raw cacao powder
100 g / 3.5 oz very soft, pitted dates

85 g / 3 oz cacao butter
1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional, but delicious)
pinch of flaky sea salt (optional, but delicious)

Additions:
1. Lavender & Vanilla: a couple pinches dried lavender + 1 extra vanilla bean, scraped
2. Lemon & Sea Salt: zest of one lemon + an extra pinch sea salt
3. Smoky Spice: a couple pinches ground cinnamon + chipotle.
4. Ginger & Coconut: a couple pinches ground ginger + a sprinkling of shredded coconut
5. Lime & Cardamom: zest of one lime + a couple pinches cardamom
6. Spicy Orange: zest of 1 organic lemon+ a pinch of chili powder
7. Rose love: a few drops of rose essential oil + dried rose petals for decoration
8. Crunchy Mint: a few drops of mint essential oil + 1 Tbsp. unhulled hemp seeds

Directions:
1. Begin by pitting the dates and mashing them with a fork, or food processor. You may want to remove the skins first if they are tough. Do not soak dates, as the water will cause the chocolate to seize up.
2. In a double boiler (or a glass bowl over water) over low-medium heat, melt the cacao butter slowly until completely smooth. Add the cacao powder, vanilla, salt, and lavender, and stir to thoroughly combine. Remove from heat.
3. Add the dates and fold to combine. You may need to let the mixture cool a little before this is possible, so put the pot or bowl in the fridge until the chocolate firms up a bit. Taste for sweetness and flavouring.
4. Once the chocolate is cool and you can form a rough ball with it, divide the  chocolate in half and place one section on a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment paper over the chocolate once and use your hands to mash it down into a thin piece. At this point you can fold the remaining sides up around the chocolate to create a bar and press the chocolate into the corners. Alternatively, you can press the chocolate into a mold or chocolate form. Place in the fridge or a cool place to firm up. Repeat with the other half. Store chocolate in a cool, dry place away from direct light. 

Just a wee suggestion – You may want to make this chocolate right away.

Do not forget to go bananas with different flavors and to tell me all about your tasty epiphanies on Twitter and Facebook

Hope you liked our present, Earthsproutling!

With Love and Ecstatic Chocolate

°° Elenore Earth & Sarah B °°

Sources:

Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford – North Atlantic Books

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, Rebecca Wood, Penguin books 2010

69 Comments

  1. Sarah B
    29 maj, 2012

    I LOVE YOU ELENORE!!!

    tee hee.

    Reply
  2. Marina
    29 maj, 2012

    Åhhåå vad ni är mysiga! Blev så glad av det här inlägget ( och väldigt sugen på choklad!)

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      29 maj, 2012

      M-mmm! Taack vackra du! Jag måste säga att jag blev också väldigt sugen när jag satt och skrev!

      Reply
  3. Alice
    29 maj, 2012

    Lovely website. I saw it on Sarah B.’s. You two are so cute with your mutual love. It makes me want to eat the chocolate, run and get some pink salt, and cover my feet in Cocoa butter.

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      29 maj, 2012

      I seriously think you should do all of the above;)
      Have fun, darling!

      E

      Reply
  4. nadia
    29 maj, 2012

    so great, what a beautiful picture of you both. how lovely to spend time with someone who shares your likes and passion! how i love her recipes and thoughtful posts!

    and if that was not enough you give us a raw chocolate recipe!

    Reply
  5. Emma
    29 maj, 2012

    I just discovered your blog through My New Roots and am in love! Your pictures and recipes are simply beautiful. I’ve just been going through all your archives and am now subscribed! Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      30 maj, 2012

      Wow! Yay! I look forward to having you here and to share all the Greenylicious love with you, Emma!

      Reply
  6. Robyn
    29 maj, 2012

    Love both of your sites and originality in recipes and fantastic photos ..oh and hymalayian salt too!!

    Reply
  7. Rachel
    29 maj, 2012

    I’m so happy for your collaboration!! I have been a subscriber to My New Roots for a while (I love everything about it!) and I stumbled upon Earthsprout just a couple of days ago and fell in love with this site, too! How fortuitous that you two found each other! I look forward to many more wonderful collaborations :)

    Rachel

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      30 maj, 2012

      You found me just a few days before our co-created post? haha, what are the odds?! Gotta love the universe!
      So glad to have you here!

      Reply
  8. Dawn
    30 maj, 2012

    How wonderful to find a new friend/soul mate! It’s such a rare thing in this life and something to treasure. Thanks to both of you for sharing this story, the photos and the recipe!

    Reply
  9. Jodi
    30 maj, 2012

    I love your website, found it via Sarah B. You two are perfect… And all I want to do is make this amazing chocolate. And then go sit in a lovely field with my best friend.

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      30 maj, 2012

      M-mm that field is pretty magical..;)
      Have a blissed day!

      Reply
  10. jaime @ sweet road
    30 maj, 2012

    Two blogs I love creating something so wonderful?! This sounds amazing! I didn’t know you could make your own raw chocolate out of just a few easy ingredients. I may have to order some ingredients because I don’t think my local grocery store stocks some of these, but I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      30 maj, 2012

      I know right!? I´ts like magic!

      Good luck! (not that you need it cuz it´s so easy;)
      See you around, honey!

      Reply
  11. Emma S
    30 maj, 2012

    Gud va gott det ser ut!!! Duktiga ni är :)) Vilka häriga bilder också! Swedish summer for sure iiihhh :)
    Kram <3

    Reply
  12. Ann-Louise
    30 maj, 2012

    It puts a huge smile on my face to hear that you and Sarah have found each others soul mates. Yay!
    Your chocolate bars looks amazing and I can’t wait to nurish me and the baby in my belly with it. <3

    Reply
  13. Julie
    30 maj, 2012

    Hi Elanore, firstly I just want you to know how amazing your website and vision is. I love love love all that you stand for and all that you do here.

    Secondly…you and Sarah B have officially rocked my world with this divine chocolate creation. I have dabbled in raw treats and have attempted raw chocolate once before..but this…this…this is just beyond delicious. I made a batch this afternoon and it is literally all I can do to stop myself from gorging the entire bar before my man gets home. I even called him to see what time he is going to be home for work so that I can try to keep my hands off the choccy until then.

    Can’t wait til I get a food dehydrator and a Thermomix so that I can try some more of your recipes, my current kitchen equipment just isn’t doing the job.

    Big love from Australia
    Juls x

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      31 maj, 2012

      Hi Julie!

      Awww, you are way too sweet! Wow, I know that chocolate is addictive to say the least! I laughed so hard when I read what you wrote about your man;)
      So glad to have you around this Earthsprouty world, darling!
      Keep in touch and tell me how your kitchen adventures go!
      xx
      Elenore

      Reply
      • Julie
        6 juni, 2012

        Hi Elanore, I signed up for you newsletter but didn’t get the Greenyliscious Basic Bible :o( Is this not available to followers overseas? If I have simply had a brain misfire and didn’t see a step I was meant to follow could you help a sister out and point her in the right direction. I would love to read it….actually let me re-phrase that…I NEED to read it. Yours in chocolate, Julie x

        Reply
  14. Malin
    30 maj, 2012

    Hej!
    Ända sen du flyttade din blogg och började med det nya typsnittet har jag inte orkat läsa dina inlägg, trots att jag gärna skulle vilja för det är så svårt att se vad det står :( Snälla byt typsnitt så jag kan ta del a din visdom igen :)

    Reply
  15. Laura
    30 maj, 2012

    Sprout and Roots together at last! And with gorgeous raw chocolate to boot! Couldn’t be happier about this collaboration. Hope it’s the first of many :)

    Reply
  16. Blandine
    30 maj, 2012

    When 2 of my favourite food bloggers get together, this could only result in an amazing post & recipe. This chocolate looks sooo delicious, and I cannot wait to try the different combinations you’re suggesting. Thanks for this beautiful recipe :)

    Reply
  17. Mély
    30 maj, 2012

    Hello Eleonore ❀

    I smiled when I read that Sarah & you met each other (if I was following Sarah’s blog for a few months, I just discover your blog a couple of weeks ago, thank to an interview you made with Keimling.
    I smiled, because, as I external readers, I think that your 2 energy were so meant to be together :-)

    Your raw chocolate bars look so nice.
    Since I was little, I never was a chocolate lover.
    Never.
    Until a friend of mine offered me an Öm bar (she bring back from London)…
    It is SO different from all the chocolate I ever tasted.
    Plus, Öm bar are the only brand who use coconut sugar (instead of agave sirup).
    I never tried to make my own raw chocolate (but I am used to make my own white vegan raw chocolate for my pastries).

    You are completely right for the salt !
    I perfectly agree with you…
    That is really funny, because I posted a article on different sorts of salt : the grey sea one, the pink Himalaya too, but others like the black from Hawaï, the blue from Iran (so pretty, like saphirs !).
    And… A little french producer of marvellous products : the concept looks like gomasio, as there are seeds & salt mixture, but he uses sprouted seeds (he produces them with soft music high in energy, so that the seeds will fill with good energy , as Masaru Emoto), and then he deshydrated them.
    He uses hemp, sesame, sunflower & squash seeds.
    If you are curious about them, I can send you a little sample of his mixture with hemp/salt & sesame/salt.

    Sorry if my english is not really good… I’m from France :-)

    Reply
  18. Maria @ Scandifoodie
    31 maj, 2012

    So happy to see this collaboration! You two are a match made in heaven! Much love! xo

    Reply
  19. Liz B
    31 maj, 2012

    So happy you two have got ‘together’ !! MY favourite blogs and people around :)
    For a long time I used cocoa butter on my skin and it smells ammmmazing! I’m thinking of converting back now thanks to your inspiration and now I understand how good it is for my body too, a long with smelling gorgeous!

    Can’t wait to try this out!! Chocolate + friends, match made in heaven xxxxxxxx
    Lots of love xxxxxxxx

    Reply
  20. Therese
    31 maj, 2012

    Åh, dine bilder inspirerer virkelig! Har du noen tips til å få tatt gode bilder av mat? :-) Hilsen fra Norge

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      1 juni, 2012

      Hej Therese!

      Tusen tack <3
      Mitt bästa tips är naturligt ljus. Det är ett MÅSTE för en bra bild. (och jag är har ingen sorts fotokunskap alls.. jag bara tar bilder och håller tummarna på att det blir bra)

      Lycka till!

      Reply
  21. Alicia @ Treble Tart
    31 maj, 2012

    I just read Sarah’s corresponding post on her site as well, and I just love reading about your new friendship! Such a gorgeous relationship. :) I am definitely trying this chocolate recipe!

    Reply
  22. Katie
    3 juni, 2012

    This recipe looks great, thanks so much! Where do you buy cocoa butter in Sweden? I’m a Canadian expat living in Stockholm, and I often find it tough to find ingredients like this. I’d give anything for a Whole Foods to open up here! As soon as I can hunt down some cocoa butter I’m going to try making this chocolate, can’t wait!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2012

      Hi Katie!

      So you live in Stockholm? Nice! Such a beautiful summers city!
      I order my cacao butter from http://www.ravarubutiken.se – they have outstanding
      service and it´s run by an amazing family!

      Best of luck, friend!
      E

      Reply
      • Katie
        4 juni, 2012

        Yep, it is a fabulous city, particularly in the summer. Now if only the summer weather would come back! Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out. Cocoa butter is in my future!

        Reply
  23. Julia
    4 juni, 2012

    Just came to Earthsprout for the first time through My New Roots. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to me! You and the site are truly gorgeous and so full of love and generousity.

    I too am in love with life-filled food and a maker of ecstatic raw chocolates! So glad to know you’re out there. Thank youuuuu

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2012

      Oh my gosh, Julia!
      What a love-overload! THANK YOU:) I am so glad to welcome you
      into the Earthsprouty world!
      Make sure you sign up for the newsletter to get the Greenylicious Basic Bible for FREE <3

      See you around, honey!
      E

      Reply
  24. Lucie
    4 juni, 2012

    Oh, how I love you two together! This delicious project you’ve birthed is magic, and I’m so, so excited to see more. Love that you call it co-creating… Lucie x

    Reply
  25. Anna @RawGuru
    5 juni, 2012

    It so wonderful that you ladies could come together for a chocolatey moment in time! Recipe really looks fantastic and i couldn’t agree more about the use of high quality unprocessed salt in recipes. Adding a pinch of himalayan salt to sweet recipes does something magical…..

    Reply
  26. Andrea Anderson
    6 juni, 2012

    Darn intersting post. It is great to have a person who can share your common interests and ideas. I love your recipes. As usual it is fab enough!!!

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    Reply
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  28. Rebecca
    9 juni, 2012

    So yummmmmy! i could eat this all day long. xx

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  30. Deborah
    14 februari, 2013

    This is the best raw chocolate recipe I’ve ever made. I just put a little less cacao butter, but it’s amazing. Thank you so much !

    Reply
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  37. Michelle
    15 september, 2013

    Hello , I no this may sound silly but ur recipe sounds DELICIUOS could u give measurements in cups and / teaspoons or tablespoons for this recipe. Would like to make this juss don’t no how much in cups sizes. .
    Thanks

    Reply
  38. Joanne
    22 december, 2013

    Elenore, made this Friday night and again today, I just can’t get enough. Thank you so much to you and Sarah for such a wonderful recipe. I LOVE chocolate. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Joanne xx

    Reply
  39. eleonore
    20 februari, 2014

    My two favorite bloggers collaborating..could this get any better!my biggest congrats to you both amazing women!!
    love,
    Eleonore

    Reply
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