gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, grain free, egg free, nut free
I’ve come across a few recipes recently, which call for dark chocolate. The most recent recipe in question is for the fruit-free Ultimate Christmas Cake by the talented team at I Quit Sugar (IQS). The I Quit Sugar recipe cookbook can be purchased from IQS here and for the record, it’s also gluten-free, sugar-free and optionally dairy-free too.
In any event and quick to make this cake completely from scratch (i.e. by ditching the store-bought dark chocolate, which is often ridiculously expensive if you buy a boutique ‘raw’ version, or packed with sugar, emulsifiers etc if you buy a cheap version), I made my own and it took no time at all.
All you need to do is
Apply the tools and ingredients to the method below and in no time – you’ll have made your own dark cooking chocolate!
NB/. This dark chocolate is very, very strong and is best used in recipes where only small amounts are required. Eg. The IQS Ultimate Christmas Cake requires 100g of roughly chopped dark chocolate for the large (20cm diameter) cake.
- Double boiler
- Wooden spoon
- 60g raw cacao butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 140g raw cacao powder
- tiny sprinkle seasalt (half a pinch)
- Line a plate with baking paper and set aside.
- Melt the raw cacao butter in a double boiler, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.
- Add the coconut oil and stir to combine.
- Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.
- Pour onto the plate lined with baking paper. Use a spatula to scrape every last bit!
- Refrigerate, or freeze until set.
- Use as required or store.
Store in an airtight container in your fridge or freezer.
Suggestions for Use
- Substitute for store-bought dark chocolate in a variety of recipes such as:
- IQS Ultimate Christmas Cake – buy the whole Christmas recipe book from IQS here
- Add 50g of roughly chopped dark chocolate to the I Heart Scratch Rum Balls – mega decadent!
- For a Chocolate Smoothie, blend 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate with 1 cup of milk, 1 banana and 1 tbsp chia seeds.
- In place of conventional choc-chips, add a roughly chopped handful to Choc-Chip Cookies