It has been one tough cuddle up of days lately. More on that will surely come. With events I hadn't expected throwing me for a wee bit of a loopdee loop, my appetite went straight out the window.
Remember when I told you about how Chocolate is like love? Well, sometimes when there just doesn't seem to be much love out there for you, chocolate seems to be a great replacement.
Of course, I wasn't about to go diving in to a Hershey's bar. No, no, no. I had to think up a chocolate solution that was going to make me feel better in my heart and in my body. This chocolate had to be super powered. It had to be loaded with great fats to offer a soothing back rub to my nervous system. It had to be a little salty to warm my adrenals, and it needed to be sweet to embrace my achy heart.
Despite not having much of an appetite, there is always room for C-H-O-C-H-O-L-A-T-E. Good, great, grown-up, chocolate amazingness. Now, don't go making this with sadness in your heart because then the chocolate will taste like sadness. So what you have to do is put on some tunage. Blast it if need be. Put on your prettiest apron and get mixing this great raw chocolate treat and do it with love in your heart and a smile on your face.
Yay for chocolate love! Incidentally, this also makes a super powered Halloween treat for your chocolate connoisseur friends, lovers and most important always- for yourself!
I went with a hazelnut filling for all the protein, and because the taste of hazelnuts reminds me of my adventures in Europe when I was 19, kissing random boys, from random countries, on random bridges in random towns, all while getting fat and happy devouring a jar of Nutella-a-day. Oh to be 19 and a kissing bandit again.
If there's another nut that meets your fancy, go nuts... or seeds!
Chocolate Instead Of Love Cups
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tbs raw honey
1/4 cup hazelnut butter or ground hazelnuts mixed with a little coconut oil to make it creamy
2 Tbs finely ground coconut
1 Tbs raw honey
pinch of sea salt
- In a small bowl, mix together the filling. If your coconut is too coarse, run it through your spice/coffee grinder. Set aside
- Over low heat, melt together the coconut oil, honey, maca and cacao powder. You need this only warm enough that the goods melt together
- Using a small silicone muffin form, or even an ice cube tray that has the pop-out bottoms, pour a small amount of chocolate into each spot. You need just enough chocolate to cover the bottom.
- Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes or until solid
- Remove from freezer and form small little patties of the hazelnut mixture and gently place over first layer of chocolate in the muffin/ice tray.
- At this point, you may need to reheat the chocolate mix, do so just until it is pourable again.
- Gently spoon chocolate into each compartment until hazelnut mix is covered fully.
- Return to freezer to allow chocolate to set.
And stay tuned! I imagine there could be a lot of chocolate in the coming days/weeks.
Question Of The Day: What is your fave song and/or food to boost your mood?
Here is my current absolute favourite Chocolate making loverly-lover song.