We believe the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself, this month and always. To honor the celebratory time, take a moment to tune in and spend time appreciating YOU. Launette's Honey Lover's Chocolate made with Pearl, Tocos and our Bio-Active Marri Honey is the perfect treat to re-create; decorated with dehydrated fruit, cacao nibs and bee pollen. This magical recipe can be made ahead of time to enjoy all weekend when craving something indulgent...
A note from Launette
I promise you I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel here. It’s just that... what could be better than chocolate for Valentine’s day? With this recipe I was determined to include the benefits of Sun Potion Bio-Active Honey, especially as, at this time of year where I live in rural England, there are still plenty of bugs going around. This Honey is a rare treat, a real medicine which is a wonderful alternative to other sweeteners. The magic of combining honey and cacao is it produces a fudge like consistency, softer than a tempered chocolate which melts in the mouth and is so easy to make.
As we are all emerging from our winter cocoons, we want to feel beautiful, we want to support our systems whilst transitioning into longer, lighter days. Pearl powder is a Shen tonic herb which can assist you in being your most calm, centered and radiant self. I’ve also included Sun Potion’s rice bran solubles, Tocos, to add a creamy and delicious element which just happens to be a wonderful source of vitamin E.
In my head, I imagined you taking a few pantry items in a basket to your loved ones home and whisking this up for them in a bowl (no need for a blender or any fancy equipment) then simply pouring it into a parchment lined tin or dish and patiently waiting for it to set.
Serve with a coffee or as a dessert, make a double batch and wrap some up with a card for your best friend or lover. Home made and edible never fails to please.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup nut butter (I used almond)
3/4 cup cacao powder
4 tbsp. Sun potion Bio-Active Honey (or to taste)
1 tbsp. Sun Potion Tocos
2 tsp. Sun Potion Pearl
1/2 tsp. vanilla paste or seeds from half a pod
Pinch or two of sea salt
Suggestion to add:
freeze dried fruit
Fill a saucepan with boiling water and place your jar of coconut oil in, to gently melt
To a large bowl, add your nut butter, Bio-Active Honey, vanilla and melted coconut oil and whisk to a smooth consistency
Next add your cacao powder, Pearl, Tocos and a pinch of salt. Stir through until evenly blended (You may want to do this over a bain-marie to stop it thickening up)
Now pour this mixture into a parchment lined tin or dish, using a spatula if necessary to smooth it out
Add the additions of your choice- These freeze dried strawberries look great but also add a really delightful crisp texture and a zingy, tartness. Activated nuts add a nice texture whilst also making it a more substantial treat
Set in the fridge and then cut into morsels and store in an airtight container
A note from Sun Potion on the benefits of Cacao...
Cacao beans are a rich source of antioxidants which may help reduce free radicals in the body. Benefits of cacao include: increased blood flow to the brain, boosted focus and awareness, and also makes us feel good through the releasing of anandamide, the bliss molecule! Cacao is a source of tryptophan, the precursor to the important neurotransmitter serotonin, which sends signals along and between nerve cells and is found mostly in the digestive system (but also in the central nervous system, which includes your brain and blood platelets!). It is also a source of theobromine, a bitter alkaloid, and caffeine, both of which can influence our mood and state of awareness in a positive way!
Photos courtesy of Launette
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