Freeze Dried Raspberry Cacao Buttons

These little babies went out last Friday as a final indulgence for all my Takeaway Friday guests and the feedback was epic! 

Made purely from cacao with a little maple syrup, this vegan chocolate bite is the perfect mood boosting treat to not only end your meal but your week with.

This lovely lot are topped with a sprinkling of dried raspberries in an attempt to hold on to what’s left of the summer, but you can sprinkle whatever you have lying around in your cupboard – sea salt makes for a great sweetener!

Freeze Dried Raspberry Cacao Buttons

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

FODMAP Friendly and Free from Dairy, Refined Sugar

Ingredients

  • 65g Cacao Butter
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 50g Raw Cacao Powder
  • Freeze Dried Raspberries
  • Freeze Dried Raspberry Powder

Instructions

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper - for consistency, I like to draw circles for each button using a small glass. Once complete, set to one side.
  2. Prepare a ban marie by adding some water to a pan, bring to a simmer and place a glass, heat proof bowl over the top - make sure the water does not touch the bowl.
  3. Add the Cacao Butter and melt through.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and salt until combined and smooth.
  5. Sift the Cacao Powder in to the bowl (I like to use a tea strainer for this job, the holes are nice and fine!) and wisk throughly until your chocolate mixture comes together - it should be a fairly thick consistency.
  6. Using a teaspoon, carefully place a dollop of the chocolate mixture on the lined baking tray using your hand drawn circles as a guide.
  7. Once all buttons have been laid out and the cacao mixture used, place a sprinkling of Freeze Dried Raspberries in the middle of each chocolate, followed by a sprinkling of Freeze Dried Raspberry Powder.
  8. Place in the fridge to set for 20-30 mins - then remove and enjoy (trying not to eat the whole batch in one)!

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