By Chef: Brandi Doming
Posted: January 14, 2014
Decadent dark mint chocolates packed to the brim with superfoods AND powerful plant protein? Yes please! These densely textured, perfectly sweet and fudge-like dark chocolate bites by Brandi Doming of The Vegan 8 feature raw cacao, real mint and vanilla extracts, creamy raw cashew butter (or tahini for a nut free version!) and a whopping dose of superfoods from one of Sprout Living’s newest sensations – Epic Protein Green Kingdom. This product combines sprouted and cultured organic brown rice protein with powerfully nutritious ingredients such as spirulina, spinach, kelp, barley grass, baobab, dandelion, beet root, gingko, lucuma and more! The healthiest and most delicious chocolate treat you’ll eat all day, guaranteed. Enjoy!
- 96 grams raw cocoa butter, finely chopped and melted (should = 8 tablespoons melted)
- 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or agave for raw), room temperature
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter (tahini will also work for a nut-free version)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 2 tablespoons Green Kingdom Epic Protein Powder(20 grams)
- 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (30 grams)
pinch fine sea salt
1. Finely chop the cocoa butter and add to a bowl and gently melt your preferred method. It’s best to use a scale for accurate measurements with cocoa butter. However, if you don’t have a scale, make sure to measure 8 tablespons when melted. (That is a scant 3/4 cup of finely chopped cocoa butter)
2. Add the syrup, cashew butter and extracts to the melted cocoa butter and stir well. (Be careful when measuring the mint extract, as it is very powerful)
3. Add in the protein powder, cocoa powder and salt and whisk until well mixed. Make sure it’s very smooth and no lumps are remaining.
4. Pour into mini paper cups or regular ones, depending on your preference.
5. Place in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes. They are the perfect texture to eat right out of the fridge, like a tender candy bar. However, you can also store them at room temperature and they are a firm fudge texture. Delicious both ways!
Note: If you want to make these immediately and you don’t have the protein powder, then it will still technically work. It won’t be superfood chocolate of course, but the recipe will still work. Also, I’ve had success making these with both cashew butter and tahini. The key is you need to make sure and use a smooth, creamy butter.