Hello amazing readers of The Quirky Kitchen!
My name is Jemma and I blog over at Celery and Cupcakes. I’m so excited to being doing this guest post swap with Emma!!! This is my first ever guest post and I adore Emma’s blog and the lovely Emma, so I’m thrilled that my first guest post is on her blog.
So, me and Emma decided to have a little fun with our posts and came up with a recipe challenge idea. The rules were that we both had to pick a random ingredient each and then incorporate both ingredients into our recipes.
My random ingredient was cacao and Emma chose tropical fruits!
When I first read tropical fruits my initial thoughts were my Tropical Fruit Baby’s, but that would have been way too easy right?!?
Although I still wanted to stay on the *baby* trail as they are always so delicious and fun to make.
So I thought.
I broke out in a sweat worried that I wasn’t going to be able to come up with anything.
But, after all of that thinking I created a very tasty recipe, which I hope you are going to love as much as I do.
*Raw Chocolate Covered Mango and Coconut Bites*
(Vegan, raw, makes 6-8)
- 1/4 cup of raw cashew nuts
- 1/4 cup of raw almonds
- 1/3 cup of raw shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup of dehydrated mango chopped
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of agave nectar or any other sweetener of your choice (add more if you like the sweeter side of life)
To make the raw chocolate I used Lana’s recipe and methodology.
Place the cashew nuts and almonds in a food processor and blend until the nuts turn into a powder (I don’t have the best food processor, but it seemed to manage this just fine!). Next add in the chopped mango, shredded coconut, agave nectar and vanilla extract and blend until everything is well incorporated. Roll the mixture using your hands into individual bite size balls and allow them to rest in the fridge to harden for at least an hour. I actually left mine overnight.
Once you have made the raw chocolate it’s time to get dunking!!! When the bites are fully covered in the raw chocolate mixture set them aside on grease proof paper to allow the chocolate to harden.
*All the dipping and dunking does get a lil’ messy!*
These are great as a mid afternoon snack or an evening treat. The raw chocolate works really well with the sweetness of the dried mango…heaven! And obviously if you don’t want these to be raw you use regular cashew, almonds and buy already dried mango slices which should be available from any health food shop. The option is yours!
Well, I’m going to have to love you and leave you now. I have some of these raw bites that are dying to be eaten…STAT!
A HUGE thank you to Emma for having me!
And a big hug to you guys for reading!
Do you have an interest in raw food at all?
What tropical fruits would you put into your own raw chocolate covered bites?Thank you for a fab post Jemma! I love experimenting with raw foods and might have to hurry off and whip up a batch of these delights ASAP!!Emm xoxo