In the brief warmth which constitutes the British summer time, your appetite might start to wander towards the fridge or the freezer for a chilled treat – after all, chocolate melts in the sun, right? It also melts deliciously over ice cream, makes scrumptious cold desserts and flavours luxurious liquid refreshment.
We’ve scoured Instagram for some of the coolest – both literally and figuratively - raw chocolate recipes. Prepare to feast your eyes:
Using raw ingredients, photographer and foodie, Ellen Charlotte Marie has wowed Instagram with these pretty rainbow hearts, which fuse the sumptuous flavours of raspberry, blueberry, grapefruit, matcha and chocolate. How gorgeous would these look on the table for a girls’ dinner or even a wedding?
Fantastic for a summer BBQ, this low-fat alternative to an ice lolly will appeal to both children and adults alike - and it couldn’t be simpler. Halved bananas are put on sticks and placed in the freezer until you need them. Before you wish to serve, carefully melt some raw chocolate (either over a bain marie or gradually on a low setting in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so). Dip the frozen bananas in the melted raw chocolate and before it sets hard, sprinkle with the topping of your choice. Easy!
Check out other fabulous ideas from Vie on her Instagram profile.
Be warned, this fabulous pudding might be raw, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, but it satisfies the most serious of sweet cravings. Vanelja - AKA Virpi Mikkonen – is a recipe book author and creator of vegan ice creams, and certainly knows her stuff. This cake requires melted raw chocolate and when served up in a jar, looks fantastic. The recipe can be found on Vanelja’s site.
What’s better on a hot day than a cool milkshake? Clearly a raw chocolate one which you need to eat with a spoon, of course! Melbourne-based raw chocolatier and recipe developer, Talisa created this ‘thickshake’ using ginger, figs, almond butter, cinnamon, coconut milk, raw cacao and mesquite powder. Why not drizzle some more melted raw chocolate across the top? Hundreds of other taste-bud-tempting recipes can be found her website.
The wonderful Madeleine Shaw has created this masterpiece, which is sure to both wow and delight at the same time. Plus, you can feel silently smug that you’re eating something healthy. The best-selling author, health coach and yoga instructor combines frozen bananas, raw cacao and almond butter to make an unprocessed, raw and vegan ice cream. With a sprinkling of raspberries and hazelnuts, the dessert looks really impressive - yet is easy to master; just follow the few steps in Madeleine’s recipe.
We know. We feel the same way; we want to try all of those incredible foods right away!
If you’d like to have a go yourself, or maybe experiment with your own raw chocolate creation, then browse our products for the best ingredients and let us know how you get on.