Friends, I am delighted to introduce you to Hollie from Simply Whole Foods. Some of you likely already know her fabulous blog, but I wanted to spread the word as I love Hollie’s mission of focusing on natural whole foods. Her recipes and pictures are gorgeous (ummm, please see below), simple, and healthy. I’ve really enjoyed her recipes and couldn’t wait to share this newest one: Raw Chocolate Flower Cups. Without further ado –
Tis the holiday season – And what better way to say Happy Holidays than with a homemade box of Raw Chocolate Flower Cups?
Package these hand-made flower cups in a classic tin box knotted with Christmas ribbon and you’ll have a wonderfully unique gift to brighten someone’s holidays. This homemade chocolate is made with raw cacao powder, cacao butter and pure maple syrup, topped with dried cranberries & slivered almonds, and then wrapped in delicate parchment paper petals.
This is as healthy as chocolate gets! It’s refined sugar-free, full of antioxidants and also dairy free, which is great for those with food sensitivities (like me!)
Making homemade chocolate is easier then you might think! You can double or triple the batch to make more than one gift (one batch creates 4 flower cups)
Raw Chocolate Flower Cups
* I used a double boiler & a mini cupcake tray
*Fold a large sheet of parchment paper multiple times to create little squares and cut. Make sure they are large enough to fill the cupcake molds with extra paper overflowing to create the flower petals. You only require 4 sheets for this recipe but you can store extra for your next batch.
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 ounces of cacao butter (approximately 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 20 dried cranberries
- Slivered almonds
- Raw cacao nibs
- Using a double boiler (or a saucepan with a large heatproof bowl placed on top), bring a small amount of water (about 1/4 pot) to a boil in the bottom pot
- Reduce heat to a simmer and add the cacao butter and pure maple syrup to the top pot
- Slowly melt the ingredients while keeping the temperature as low as possible (You can use a kitchen thermometer to ensure your mixture does not go above 118f to keep the chocolate raw)
- If the temperature rises too fast, remove mixture from heat and let it melt slowly, stirring frequently (I normally remove from heat when half the mixture has melted)
- Once the mixture is fully melted, add cacao powder
- Mix ingredients together until thoroughly combined (The mixture should resemble thick dark chocolate sauce)
- Pour combined mixture into prepared mini cupcake tray, making sure to hold parchment paper in place. I used two tablespoons of mixture per cup*
- Top each chocolate flower cup with approximately 5 dried cranberries, 1/3 tsp slivered almonds & 1/4 tsp cacao nibs
- Let dry and harden fully on flat surface. You can also pop the cupcake tray into the fridge to accelerate the process
- Once hardened, enjoy or gift away!
Don’t like cranberries? No worries-try these other topping options or let your creativity shine through:
- Ginger & orange rind or slices
- Dried banana slices & vanilla bean
- Cinnamon, seeds of choice & dried chilli
- Dried cherries & mint
*If you are planning on gifting your flowers, use the tablespoon to ensure each flower is exactly two tbsp of chocolate. You want uniform chocolate flowers for your family and friends!
Once you try making homemade chocolate it will be hard to go back to regular chocolate from the grocery store. Store bought chocolate is often filled with preservatives, fillers, dairy (which can cause sensitivities to many) and loads of refined sugar. I prefer to make my own!
Homemade presents always taste better and are greatly appreciated. These Raw Chocolate Flower Cups come in a small box but are big in taste, love & thoughtfulness. They’re the perfect gift!
About the Author:
Hollie shares step-by-step articles, mouthwatering recipes and healthy eating inspiration with thousands of loyal readers through her popular blog SimplyWholeFoods.com. Her focus is on soy free, gluten free and paleo friendly recipes that are perfectly suited for those with allergies and intolerances or those who just want to make healthy choices for themselves and their family. Hollie lives near Toronto, Canada with her beloved husband of 11 years and her two precious children.
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