When I first wrote this recipe I listed it as AIP compliant, but when I posted it on Facebook someone contacted me and very kindly and respectfully told me that it wasn’t – especially for people doing strict AIP. I thought it was because I have seen other AIP recipes that use vanilla and cacao, but according to this article cacao is watch not AIP and vanilla used to be undecided, but now it’s recommended to leave it out on the elimination stage, and reintroduce it later on if you want to.
I wholeheartedly apologise, and will strive to be extra thorough with my research before posting!
Dairy Free White Chocolate
One day I was making the kids some dairy free chocolate, when Max asked me if he could taste some of the raw cacao butter that I was using.
Cacao butter is a nutrient dense healthy fat, so I thought why not? And gave him a little bit to try. “Yum!” he exclaimed, “can I have some more please mum?”. Leo and Charlie walked over to see what the fuss was about and wanted to try some too.
All my boys liked the Raw Cacao Butter on its own, so I thought, hold on a minute, if the kids like the raw cacao butter on its own, without any added sugar, why not just give it to them like that?
My kids are always teaching me things, sometimes I go to all this trouble to make elaborate dishes and they are quite happy eating the raw ingredients on their own! Like the time I was making sushi, and the kids started ripping up the dried Nori sheets and eating them like chips. It’s has become a stable in our diet now, I don’t leave the house without a packet of Nori for the kids to snack on, and I always keep some stashed in the car.
Immune Boosting, Heart Healthy Brain Food
Cacao butter, otherwise known as Theobroma oil, is a saturated vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean.
It is made by fermenting the cacao beans, and then roasting them on a low temperature so the butter separates from the solids.
Raw Cacao butter is an anti-inflammatory, stable fat, that boosts the immune system and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Our brains are composed of 60% fat, so it comes as no surprise we need fat for our brains to work properly. Raw cacao butter is one of the good fats that improves brain health.
Fat Does Not Make You Fat
In fact, fat helps you burn more calories!!
Kevin Hall, from the National Institutes of Health, studies biology and mathematical systems. He has found that eating more fat reduces cravings and feelings of hunger. Eating healthy fats, like raw cacao butter, regulates food intake, and improves your taste preferences and metabolism.
Personally, I have found Kevin Halls findings to be true. Once I started increasing good fats and decreasing sugar, I wasn’t hungry all the time and craving sugary foods. I didn’t overeat anymore, and found it quite easy to make good food choices and lose weight.
Nourishing Keto, Paleo & Vegan Lunchbox Treat
My kids like eating chunks of Raw Cacao Butter on their own, but I like to melt it on a low temperature, so it stays raw and retains nutrients, and mix in a bit of vanilla before setting into molds.
It’s a lot easier to store and hold that way, making it a perfect treat for the lunchbox.
If you buy good quality Raw Cacao Butter, it’s so fragrant and delicious you don’t really to add the vanilla, but it does make a beautiful addition.
If you want to change it up, try adding a teaspoon of cinnamon, or a handful of nuts, or shredded coconut.
Thermomix Sugar Free White Chocolate
A sugar free nutrient dense white chocolate that is raw and Keto, Paleo and Vegan compliant. So easy to make in the Thermomix!
- 1 vanilla bean
- 200 grams raw cacao butter chopped into chunks
Add the vanilla bean to the Thermomix bowl and grind Speed 9/ 10 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and repeat until fine.
Add the raw cacao butter and chop into tiny chunks Speed 7/ 10 seconds. Scrape down the bowl if you need to.
Melt 37 degrees/ Speed 2/10 minutes. Scrape down the bowl.
Melt for another 10 minutes/ 37 degrees/ Speed 2 or until all of the butter has melted.
Blend on Speed 8/ 20 seconds to combine.
Pour the mixture into molds and set in the fridge or freezer.
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