Macadamia nut & cocoa are a marriage made in chocolate heaven. Add in fruit (in this case – raisins), coconut sugar (a much healthier alternative to refined sugar) and vanilla and you’ll quickly find a divine medley of exciting textures, flavours and melt in the mouth deliciousness.
Macadamias are my favourite nut ever. They vary in quality and taste although I recently stocked up on some super tasty ones during my latest trip to Hawaii… and couldn’t resist making a batch or two of this delectable recipe. ‘Fruit n’ Mac Nut Chocolate Bark’ makes a perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Ideal for a special occasion or a ‘just because I love you’ moment. It’s also a great way to treat yourself to a little healthy indulgence too… because as far as chocolate goes you aren’t going to a find a much healthier recipe than this one.
This serves best right out of the fridge (or even the freezer). If you are in a warm environment, then as with all healthy chocolates, it will start to soften after a while if sitting out in the warmth.
Enjoy, savour and use my recipe as inspiration for your own culinary creations… and remember if you don’t have any mac nuts then hazelnuts, almonds, brazils or another favourite nut would work well too. Scroll down below recipe for my video guide to making homemade chocolates where I talk you through the basics step-by-step, sharing tips and hints along the way.
A delicious recipe for home made 'fruit n' macadamia nut chocolate'. I love to use macadamia nuts, although hazelnuts, almonds, brazils or another favourite nut would work well too. Raisins and coconut are used to sweeten this dairy free treat. A real healthy, luxurious chocolate delight.
3 heaped tablespoons cocoa butter (shaved or grated)
4 tablespoons (or roasted) cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raw coconut sugar
1 teaspoon water (to use if your coconut sugar is especially gritty)
Step One: ‘Shave’ the solid cocoa butter with a sharp knife or grater. Shaving is just really thin slicing that makes the cocoa butter crumble. The finer you can get it, the easier it will be to melt. You can leave it in big chunks if you like, but be prepared to wait a while for it to melt.
Step Two: Melt the cocoa butter. You can do this by leaving it in a hot place in a heat proof glass bowl by a fire or directly above a hot radiator. It melts at 34˚C. The idea is to melt it, rather than cook it to death. If you don’t have a gentle heat source then use a hob or stove. Put the cocoa butter in a small, oven proof, glass bowl and then put that bowl in a pan containing an inch or so of really hot water. Keep the hob/stove burning on a low heat. The heat will then transfer through the bowl, enough to melt the cocoa butter. Give it frequent stirs to assist the melting process. Try not to keep it on the heat any longer than it takes to melt it.
The best time to use it is when it has just melted. If it is too hot, then it takes longer to cool down and the coconut sugar will sink to the bottom of the chocolate when added.
Step Three: Add the coconut sugar and if required, 1 teaspoon of water (the water helps the coconut sugar to dissolve if your coconut sugar is especially gritty, but only use if you feel that you need it) to the to the melting cocoa butter during step two. The melting cocoa butter (and teaspoon of water if used) will help to soften and dissolve the sugar.
Step Four: When the cocoa butter has finally melted, mix in the cocoa powder.
Step Five: Mix in the raisins.
Step Six: Line a loaf tin with a base area of approximately 21cm x 11cm (4 1/2 x 8 inches)... (or any container with similar sized base area) with unbleached parchment paper and pour in your chocolate.
Step Seven: Place chocolate into the fridge for a minute or two (not longer) to start chilling whilst you chop the mac nuts. Roughly chop your nuts (or leave whole if preferred).
Step Eight: Take chocolate back out of the fridge (should not be solid yet!) and give a quick stir up in the parchment paper using a teaspoon, to make sure that the coconut sugar isn't all sinking to the bottom.
Step Eight: Sprinkle or push in your chopped nuts as desired and place the chocolate into a freezer immediately to help it set quickly.
Step Nine: After about half an hour take out of the freezer and break off into rustic chunks. Wrap up as a present and share with loved ones or enjoy straight away. The chocolate is best served chilled.
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If you prefer a visual guide then you might enjoy my step by step chocolate making video guide for the basics…