I managed to snatch a bit of time with just my two big kids to make these delicious vegan Easter fruit and nut chocolates. It probably won't come as a surprise to find out that they were VERY keen to get involved with this task - even R who is nowhere near as keen in the kitchen as his little sister.
This recipe is part of the Free From Easter recipe challenge which a lovely group of bloggers are taking part in - see the bottom of this post for more information about who's involved in this. These chocolates are naturally free from most allergens apart from nuts. If you need this to be nut free simply add more dried fruit or leave them out altogether. The chocolate tastes good on it's own but you may want to add more maple syrup depending on your personal taste. I adapted this vegan chocolate recipe from the Minimalist Baker.
Making vegan chocolate is easier than you might think. You do need a few ingredients like cacao butter and raw cacao powder that you need to buy online or from a health food shop but once you have these you're good to go. You will also need an Easter silicone mould, although you could use muffin cases instead. *
The kids can help with most of this recipe, apart from the melting of the cocoa butter. My kids helped to weigh out the ingredients, whisk in the maple syrup and cocoa butter and pour the chocolate into the moulds. As you can see from the photo below this was a MESSY moment.
Here's how to make vegan fruit and nut Easter chocolates:
200g cacao butter
3 tbsp maple syrup
50g raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
A handful of dried fruit and/or chopped nuts - we used sultanas, cranberries and chopped almonds
You will also need a silicone mould. This made enough for three moulds, or around 30 chocolates, so reduce the quantities if you don't want this many or use fairy cake cases for the remainder.
1. Place about 5cm of water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then place the cocoa butter into a heatproof bowl and place it over the water - it shouldn't actually touch the water.
2. Allow the cocoa butter to melt and them remove from the heat.
3. Transfer to a jug (this makes it safer for the kids as it's not hot and also makes it easier for them to pour the liquid into the moulds. Carefully add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk in.
4. Next pour in the cacao powder and whisk that in until smooth.
5. Get your silicone moulds ready and sprinkle a little bit of fruit and nuts into each one.
6. Carefully pour the melted chocolate into each mould and place in the fridge to set for at least half an hour.
7. Once set, remove from the mould and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
This recipe is part of a #FreeFromEaster blog series with the following lovely bloggers. Check out their sites for more Easter inspiration:
Mel - ‘Le Coin de Mel’ - http://lecoindemel.com
Vicki - ‘The Free From Fairy’ - http://freefromfairy.com
Nath - ‘The Intolerant Gourmand’ - http://www.intolerantgourmand.com
Emma - ‘Free From Farmhouse’ - http://www.freefromfarmhouse.co.uk
Nova - ‘Cherished by Me’ - http://cherishedbyme.com
Reneé - ‘Mummy Tries’ - http://www.mummytries.com
Laura - ‘Dairy Free Kids’ - http://dairyfreekids.ie
Midge - ‘The Peachicks Bakery’ - http://thepeachicksbakery.co.uk
Rebecca - ‘Glutarama’ - http://www.glutarama.com
Eb - ‘Easy Peasy Foodie’ - http://www.easypeasyfoodie.com
Kate - ‘The Gluten Free Alchemist’ - http://www.glutenfreealchemist.com
Kirsty - ‘Hijacked by Twins’ - http://www.hijackedbytwins.com
Chloe - The Adventures of an Allergy Mummy’ - http://theadventuresofanallergymummy.co.uk
Grace - ‘Eats Amazing’ - http://www.eatsamazing.co.uk
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