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.

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)

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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