Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chocolate Chips - that are Actually Good For You!

Here's the one you've all been waiting for - Chocolate Chips!!!

Let's get to it, shall we.

Ingredients:
12 Large Medjool Dates - pitted
1 Cup Water
1/2-3/4 cup Truly Raw Cocoa Powder
1/2-3/4 cup Truly Raw Cocoa Butter
1 Dash of quality Salt (I prefer Himalayan Crystal Salt)
1 tsp Raw Vanilla Powder (or Vanilla Extract if you prefer)

Instructions:
Put Cocoa Butter in bowl or container and warm in dehydrator while combining other ingredients.

Pit the 12 Large Medjool Dates and put in High-speed Blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) with 1 Cup Water. Blend starting at lowest speed and gradually increasing to high speed until you have a smooth date paste.

Add Salt, Vanilla & Cocoa Powder and blend briefly until smooth.

Add melted Cocoa Butter and blend briefly going from low to highest speed to create a smooth paste.

Scrape paste into a pastry bag or plastic bag (I like to use Natural Value Recloseable Sandwich Bags - they are Free of PVCs and plasticizers - and they keep the ingredients from spilling out with the "zipper" closed).

If using a pastry bag, you can use any tip you desire. If using a plastic bag, cup a small opening in one corner.

On a piece of natural wax paper or other non-stick surface squeeze gently to form chocolate chips. Repeat until you have used up all the paste.



Place chips in freezer until firm.

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