Category Archives: CHOCOLATE

THE RAWTARIAN: a definite go-to recipe resource

POST #789
Ooh ooh ooh!  I’ve just finished raiding The Rawtarian’s site  I haven’t been this excited about a recipe site in a long time.
Laura-Jane, the Rawtarian has an extensive, fantastic collection of delicious recipes available to all comers.  What I like most about her recipes is that use ingredients which are fairly easily accessible to most people (i.e. there is no “young Thai coconut”, nor are there expensive nuts, or exotic fruits which may not be available in many localities). 


What I really like about these recipes, aside from everything else I have mentioned, is the helpful comments Laura-Jane includes at the end of each recipe.  

These are accessible, usable, tasty recipes.  Go there. Make that!



POST #752

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Today, since he was offering a very fair deal,  I decided that it was time to take the chance again.  Lucky for me, I have gotten the books I tried to buy from him some time ago, but couldn’t receive!

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Based on a recipe by Elaina Love

6 C dry, raw shredded coconut
2/3 C honey or agave syrup
1/2 t. mint extract (or 3 drops peppermint essential oil)
1/8 C organic cocoa powder or raw carob powder (add until mixture reaches desired color)
1/2 t. vanilla extract
pinch cayenne pepper
1/8 t Celtic sea salt

  • Blend 3 C of coconut in a dry VitaMix on low speed with the lid off and using a spatula to keep things moving until coconut takes on the consistency of butter. Do not blend so long as to separate all oil from the coconut.(If you don’t have a Vitamix, process 1 – 1/2 C at a time.)
  • Remove the coconut to a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1/3 C of sweetener and mint extract (or peppermint oil), and mix well with a spatula.  Set aside.
  • Blend remaining 3 C coconut
  • In a bowl, mix the coconut and remaining ingredients by hand..
  • Divide the chocolate mixture in half.. Press one half into a 4″ x 4″ baking dish or plastic container.. Freeze  for 5 minutes,  until solid.
  • Remove frozen chocolate from freezer and layer on the mint mixture. Return to freezer for 4 – 5 minutes.
  • Spread remaining chocolate mixture over the mint layer. Freeze until solid or refrigerate.
  • Remove container from the freezer and remove the contents by twisting the container, or by prying up with a spatula.
  • Place on a cutting board and, using a thin, sharp knife, cut into your shape of choice.




3  C unsweetened, dried coconut
1 – 1/2 C dates ( chopped small)
1/2 T cinnamon
1 t sea salt
3 avocados
1 C agave nectar
1 C raw chocolate nibs
1 vanilla bean
4 T coconut butter
1 t of cinnamon powder


  • Process coconut, dates, cinnamon, and sea salt in a food processor mixture forms into a ball.
  • Spread crust onto a pie pan.
  • Wet fingers with water before spreading, to avoid crust sticking..


  • In a VitaMix, combine avocado, agave, vanilla, coconut butter, and cinnamon, and process until  smooth and creamy.
  • Pour filling into pie crust and chill.
  • Sprinkle dried coconut flakes over top of pie before serving

Amazing Raw Chocolate Brownies

based on a recipe for the brownie I ate in a now defunct restaurant in New York City
Note: this is a restaurant recipe.  For home use, you will probably want to halve it

2 lbs cocoa butter
3 C cocoa powder
1 – 1/2 C agave

2 C goji berries
1 – 1/2 C almonds
1 C hemp seed
2 drops vanilla

  • Mix first three ingredients together by hand.
  • Blend next 4 ingredients .
  • Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  • Spread on a tray or in a baking dish
  • Refrigerate for two hours.