This herbal chocolate is my new favourite after dinner treat – I used much less cacao powder as I would’ve for my normal raw chocolate to make it less energizing and more calming, something to have before bed time. Cacao butter doesn’t contain caffeine as cacao powder does so you can eat this raw chocolate without the fear of not falling asleep afterwards…This bark has a mild, smooth taste and thanks to some added coconut, it doesn’t even need any sweetener! Instead, I mixed some herbs to the chocolate batter for extra magic – tulsi (holy basil) and brahmi are are both known for their rejuvenating and clarifying effects for the mind. Together they work also for balancing emotions and reducing stress, so good herbs for calming down after a long day. Try also mixing tulsi with lemon and hot water to make a herbal tea.
Talking about herbs and their revitalizing effects, I wanted to share with you also one of my favourite ‘beauty’ products of the moment, Revitalizing Blend Aromatherapy Mist from Jurlique. I love spraying this citrusy mix of orange, lavender, bergamot and lemon directly in the air in my house to clear the room air (and my mind). I even keep this hand size spray bottle in my handbag for spraying in the air around me or directly to the face, eyes closed, whenever I might need a little refreshment between my matcha latte and laptop during the day.
Night time chocolate
What you will need:
1 dl cacao butter
2 tbsp coconut purée (or coconut manna)
1 tbsp toco
1 tsp raw cacao
1 tsp tulsi
1 tsp brahmi (or less if you haven’t used brahmi before)
sprinkle Himalayan salt
dried flowers and white chia seeds for decorating
How to do it?
- Melt the cacao butter and coconut purée in a water bath until liquid.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. If you haven’t used brahmi previously, you might want to start with a smaller dose as it is a strong adaptogen.
- Pour the liquid into a freezer-safe, rectangular dish to make a thin layer on the bottom. I used a long bread loaf.
- Put the chocolate in the freezer for a couple of minutes, then take out and sprinkle with chia and flowers. Put back in the freezer and let it set until completely solid, for around 15 minutes.
- Cut the chocolate when it’s room temperature and enjoy the benefits!