Weekend Alchemy: Chai Spiced Raw Chocolate
Do you have a little pull to creativity? That little spark that nourishes as you collect ingredients in your head for a meal, or as you re-design your living room to usher in a new vibe? Essential oils provide endless opportunities to create and weave passion into your life. Gifts, self-care, nourishment are all contained in these little bottles of magic. I am often inspired by things I see around me that I want to create my own version of - face cleanser, body wash, bathroom cleaner, fabric softener, bliss balls, salad dressings, green smoothies, ice creams.
Recently I have been loving the Peppermint Black Bean Brownie's and Black Pepper & Lime Raw Chocolate. I tend to mix up the oils for chocolate recipes to match whatever is taking my fancy on the day - things like Wild Orange with Cardamom, Ginger or Black Pepper have been regular features. However, since ditching coffee I have been enjoying the world of chai, and was inspired to make a raw Chai & Nut Chocolate! Don't you think that sounds amazing?
With small people in the house it's important to me to create healthy versions of all the sweet things, so that they can learn to appreciate the difference in flavour of whole-foods rather than their synthetic, factory made, toxic impersonators (feeling the love there!). A small piece of raw chocolate is a great dessert / after dinner sweet, and highly treasured in our house. My recipe is from Jo Whitton and Found Kassab's Life-Changing Food cook book. It's loaded with healthy protein and fats, you can adjust the amount of honey for sweetener and the textural element of toasted nuts makes it extra special. For this version, I've added some of my 'chai' spice oils and used pistachio nuts to give the chocolate a gorgeous exotic nuance. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Chai Essential Oil Blend
If you're looking for a recipe you might get a little freaked out here! I like to experiment with my oils (and cooking in general), so I'm going to share the foundation oils with an instruction to go forth and play. We are all so different, and Chai is no exception, some people prefer more Cardamom or no Ginger, or less Cinnamon. It's completely up to you.
Have all the bottles in front of you, remove the lids and then just pick two. What do you most like when you get a Chai latte? Pick your favourites and hold them equal distance from your nose. Take in the aroma, how does it make you feel? Does your mouth start to water? Do you back away from it? Move one a little closer to your nose, then wave them around so you get a sense of what the blend will be like if you add more or less of one oil. Keep doing this until you have hit the perfect balance. You may have 4, 5 or 6 oils in your hands all at different heights! Take note and then mix up a blend in the proportion that fits. More of the oils that were closest to you, less of those that were further away. Start with a half batch so you can tweak it as you go.
Important: When using essential oils in cooking, only use those that have been GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) rated. This standard is issued by the FDA and means that the product has met strict criteria to ensure it is safe for human consumption. In addition, remember that doTERRA essential oils are incredibly potent so only add 1-2 drops to start with and go from there.