Dairy Free Chocolate Recipe With Bee Pollen
Heres something that will get your taste buds buzzing! Dairy free chocolate recipe with bee pollen. This SUPERFOOD recipe is made from scratch using cacao butter, cacao powder and coconut sugar.
The delightfully sweet, slightly floral taste of bee pollen with the dark rich undertone of the coconut sugar makes these chocolates irresistible.
Bee pollen is considered a superfood and rightly so!
Bee pollen contains ALL the nutrients needed to sustain life. WOW!
It’s rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids.
Bee pollen has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system.
At last, a chocolate I’ll NEVER feel guilty about eating 🙂
I LOVE the stuff.
Yet when I first started taking it, like most people, it took some getting used to.
That said, It likely tastes like nothing you’ve ever really eaten before.
But trust me, you’ll most certainly grow to like it.
Taste The Rainbow
In any case, It’s WORTH spending those extra pounds on buying good quality raw bee pollen.
Heres what to look out for.
Appearance: Bee pollen should have a rainbow of hues and colours.
Each colour represents a different species of plant collected from different areas and climates.
By this, you’ll get a more balanced nutritional profile.
If it’s all one colour then it’s likely single sourced from a limited species of plant.
In other words, your missing out on the full nutritional benefits.
Especially if the soil is depleted in certain areas.
Texture: The texture should be semi-moist and fresh looking.
Bee pollen that has been cold processed and cold stored will be beautifully moist with a floral taste and aroma.
If your bee pollen granules are hard and dry…
Then guess what!
You’ve just WASTED your money.
Your bee pollen is likely to have been baked in processing.
And we all know heat kills vital enzymes and nutrients, it ceases to live!
Why then do manufacturers bake the pollen?
It all boils down to this…
To prevent spoilage and save money.
Truth is, cold storage and processing is expensive when manufacturing raw bee pollen.
Some manufacturers will just not head to the expense of cold storing their bee pollen, so they forfeit nutritional integrity for longer shelf life.
For what it’s worth, fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet by purchasing RAW bee pollen!
Making Chocolate From Scratch
And it tastes fan-diddly-tastic!
Let’s be fair, MOST of my dairy free chocolate recipes contain coconut sugar.
I find it gives the chocolate a dark rich caramel toffee-like undertone which compliments the slightly sweet, slightly floral lingering aftertaste of the bee pollen.
There are a number of convenient ways to melt chocolate.
Microwave, in a pan, bowl over a pan, double boiler etc. Whatever way you choose, heating chocolate requires your full attention.
Always melt chocolate slowly on a low heat to prevent it from seizing through overcooking.
Fact is, chocolate can easily scorch, turning it crumbly and grainy.
But get this!
Chocolate has an enemy!
What? Who could hate chocolate??
The culprit? – Water!
Even the tiniest drop of water will seize the chocolate and you’ll have a useless mass on your hands.
If I’m making a dairy free chocolate recipe for myself I usually just melt it in a pan.
Then again, if I’m making it for friends, family or DARE I SAY IT – my mother in law, then I take the more precautious route and melt it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water.
In all, making chocolate from scratch is dead simple!
Just take your time melting it and you’ll be laughing.
Share The Buzz
So give it a go and share your BUZZ for chocolate 🙂
- 60 g Cacao Powder
- 90 g Cacao Butter
- 75 g Coconut Sugar
- 6 tsp Bee Pollen a bit extra for sprinkling
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
Blitz the coconut sugar up in a blender until you get a fine dust.
Melt the cacao butter on a low heat slowly in a pan.
Add the cacao powder and vanilla and mix.
Sieve the coconut sugar in and mix until smooth.
Leave to cool slightly then add the bee pollen.
Pour into your moulds and sprinkle some bee pollen on top.
Pop in the fridge or freezer until set (be patient, they will be ready soon).