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Posted 12-07-2016

There are so many benefits of making your own chocolate. This recipe is free from chemicals, preservatives and sugar! It is suitable for diabetics, vegans, and chocoholics.

I realise that some of these ingredients such as the Cacao mass/butter are not available everywhere. But this is a Holiday recipe and usually we all make an effort on holidays!

TIP- If you can't get hold of the cacao mass use a very good 100% cacao powder with the melted cacao butter.
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1 cup (100 grams) cacao mass 
1/2 cup aprox (50 grams) cacao butter
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1/3 cup (40 grams) yacun syrup or agave syrup
2-3 tbs. Peanut butter OR Cashew butter

Goji berries
1 tbs. of desiccated coconut
A few pecans


Start by melting the cacao mass and butter over a water bath.
Meaning place a bowl over hot water and let the butter/mass gently melt.
Prepare small moulds that you want to make your chocolate cups in.
When the chocolate has melted add the vanilla and yacun syrup. There should be enough for between 6-10 cups depending on size. Start with adding one layer and put the cups in the freezer to solidify and put the chocolate back on the water bath on the lowest heat so that it keeps melted.
When the cups have hardened take them out of freezer and add a tsp of peanut butter in the middle. Top off with the remaining melted chocolate and decorate with pecans, goji berries and a sprinkle of coconut.
Refrigerate so that they harden and enjoy! They will keep several weeks if you keep in an airtight container!
TIP: The reason that so many people around the world have begun to use yacon so often is its anti-hyperglycaemic effects.
The fructooligosaccharides in yacon mean that the body does not absorb any simple sugars; in fact, it lowers the amount of glucose production in the liver and causes a shift to lower fasting glucose rates.
This is very important for people suffering from diabetes. Research is also shows that its good for blood pressure, weight-loss, digestion and liver health. Talk about healthy chocolate!

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