I am beyond thrilled to be back in my home country of Australia for the summer, and just in time to celebrate one FAVOURITE days of the year, Australia Day! It’s a public holiday here in Oz which means I can spend time with family and good friends, eating delicious food and making more magical memories.
Australia Day has always been a special one for my family because it’s the day my parents were married! So to celebrate, I’m a having a little dinner party to test a new soba noodle stir fry I will share if it gets the thumbs up I’ve also made some very delicious, clean chocolates for dessert – the most important part of the meal right?!
This choccie recipe is incredibly easy to replicate, won’t take very long and doesn’t require any fussy tempering of chocolate…I like to keep things simple! It’s also very, very, health-supportive which means you can enjoy a few guilt-free pieces with a nice glass of wine after dinner (or perhaps a herb tea, coffee – whatever floats your boat!). I’m a HUGE fan of making all kinds of clean choccie concoctions – I like to use nut butters, coconut oil, almond meal and other deliciously healthy ingredients that don’t cost the earth. The only issue with those ingredients is that they tend to melt quite quickly – which is fine if you intend to eat your wares rather than gift them (because it’s likely your giftee will receive nothing but a brown puddle of (delicious) chocolate-y mess if kept out of the fridge for long!).
To ensure these choccies last the distance, I used cacao butter – the edible, natural fat of the cacao bean which has been cold pressed to retain its nutritional properties, aroma and flavour. In short: YUM and good for you in moderation, like all healthy fats. Depending upon where you live, cacao butter can range in price, so you’ll have to bargain shop for this one, but I assure you, it’s worth it! I buy a big ol’ bag from Costco which makes these chocolates really cheap. If you don’t have access to a Costco or a bulk-buy outlet, your next best bet is to shop online where you’ll find some good bargains.
Before Costco came into my life, I ordered cacao butter directly from iHerb – a brilliant online store that ships internationally. I still shop via iHerb for a range of supplies (including this amazingness – to. die. for!) because prices are low and the shipping rates and timings are amazing – no matter where you are in the world. If you’re curious to give this a go to purchase your cacao butter (or the coconut manna – DO IT!!) feel free to use this link which will get you $5 off your first purchase, pretty awesome don’t you think?!
Ok, enough with the typing…it’s time to celebrate Aussie day with good food, friends and family fun plus this CHOCOLATE!
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Choccie, Choccie, Choccie
Makes: 1 silicon tray’s worth of choccie, yipeeeee!
- 1/2 cup melted cacao butter
- 4 Tablespoons cacao, cocoa or carob powder (if you like dark choc, add another 1-2 TBS)
- 1 Tablespoon raw, granulated sugar (organic is best, I use coconut sugar or ‘Panela Sugar’ which is unrefined with a caramel-y flavour to it, delish!)
- 2 teaspoons peppermint essence (organic is best)
- 4 teaspoons flaxseed (a-mazing for your digestive tract and adds a little crunch!)
- Melt cacao butter in a small saucepan, should take about a minute
- Add peppermint essence and cacao powder, stir to combine.
- Add sugar and flax and stir to combine well.
- Pour into silicon choccie molds or a silicon ice cube tray (I like to buy different, fun shaped molds from novelty stores and from Amazon)
- Place in fridge for 30 mins or more to set completely before enjoying. every. bite. If it’s warm where you are, store these in the fridge when not eating.