Why Cacao Butter Should Be Your Valentine
What could be more romantic than the cold-pressed oil of a cacao bean — aka cacao butter? Maybe it’s the fact that cacao butter isn’t just an essential ingredient in chocolate, but also a healthy source of Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, antioxidants and, yes, mood-stimulating serotonin. Use cacao butter to make chocolate, or for melt-in-your-mouth cookie dough truffles and sexy raspberry chocolate leather.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, collagen and sugar. Whisk in the warm melted cacao butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined surface and, using an offset spatula, spread evenly and thinly. Scatter some raspberries over it; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight. To serve, peel to eat.
Per serving: Calories 257; Fat 20 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 6 mg; Carbohydrate 17 g; Fiber 5 g; Sugars 11 g; Protein 5 g
Using a high-speed blender, process the cashews into meal, scraping down the sides if necessary, about 1 minute. Add the melted cacao butter, sugar, vanilla and salt; blend until combined, about 5 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool completely; stir in the 1/4 cup morsels. Using a 1 1/4-inch scoop, form cookie dough balls, place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.
Place the melted chocolate in a heatproof bowl and submerge each scoop of cookie dough, turning to coat and shaking off any excess. Return to the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let set, at least 1 hour. Repeat with the remaining frozen cookie dough scoops, reheating the chocolate as needed.
Per serving: Calories 284; Fat 20 g (Saturated 9 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 67 mg; Carbohydrate 29 g; Fiber 3 g; Sugars 22 g; Protein 6 g
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Whisk in the warm melted cacao butter and vanilla until smooth. Gently stir in the cereal and peanuts; pour onto a parchment paper-lined square mold and, using an offset spatula, spread evenly. Scatter some peanuts over it and let set overnight or refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. To serve, cut into squares.
Per serving: Calories 138; Fat 13 g (Saturated 7 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 104 mg; Carbohydrate 8 g; Fiber 2 g; Sugars 4 g; Protein 2 g