Vegan chocolate

My mother, who is the connoisseur of finding raw food and vegan recipes, sent me one for vegan chocolate.

Vegan chocolate? Is there even such a thing as-

Yup.

But can you make vegan chocolate without-

Yup.

Here’s the basic recipe-

You’ll need:

* 1/4 cup of coconut oil melted

* 1/4 cup of cocoa powder

* 3 tablespoons of maple syrup

* chocolate molds

You will need to:

Add melted oil and maple syrup into a bowl and stir. Add cocoa powder and stir until smooth.

Simple.

But….

Here’s what I did:

I decided to add some flavor. So I split the mixture into 3 parts.

Part 1- I added 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Part 2- I added 2 1/2 tablespoons of paprika

Part 3- I added 1/2 tablespoons maple extract and 1/4 cups of walnuts crumbled.

Parts 1 and 2, I put into the molds. Part 3 I spread on baking sheets and tried to make chocolate bark.

Vanilla chocolates
Here’s a closeup of the paprika chocolate to show consistency
Maple walnut bark

So a word on consistency, go slow. Too much extract can change the consistency of chocolate (see the maple walnut bark above). A little at a time is good.

Likewise, with the Paprika, I like a spice in my life but it’s not for everyone, so add a little at a time.

Put the chocolates in the fridge to set.

Delicious! But my favorite? Paprika by far.

Fair warning that this is a dark chocolate recipe for all you bitter hearts out there.

Enjoy!

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