If you want to impress loved ones this Easter than these salted caramel eggs are a must. They’re so easy to make and taste decadently creamy, no one would ever know that they are healthy (ish), packed full of antioxidants and immune-boosting nutrients. And who knew you could make such an amazing, delicious caramel from a tin of coconut milk and a little coconut sugar?
Anyone who follows our blog may have realised that I have a thing for making chocolate. It started as a way to enjoy different chocolates without succumbing to commercial chocolate bars that come complete with high sugar, additives and unhealthy fats.
Once I realised how simple it is to make your own there was no turning back. I now have a collection of different moulds for all occasions and have experimented with all sorts of flavours – such as a chocolate orange, strawberry creams and marzipan.
Chocolate only needs to have three ingredients: cacao butter, cocoa and a sweetener! And the only downside to making it from scratch is that buying cacao butter does involve a trip to the health store or ordering online. The other alternative is to simply melt a bar of good quality dark chocolate. But always try to find organic chocolate as the cocoa tree is notoriously hard to grow and so is one of the highest pesticide-laden crops.
You’ll see I use cocoa and not cacao in the recipe. That’s because although cacao (the raw form of cocoa) contains double the antioxidants, it is raw i.e not to be cooked. Cooking destroys the benefits of this expensive ingredient so always save cacao for raw cooking and use cocoa for heating. Nevertheless, cocoa is still bursting with nutrients that are heart-protective, mood boosting and can help support blood sugar levels.
The caramel has been a bit of a revelation. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and was so thrilled with the results that anyone who visits now has to try a spoon, or two! I use coconut sugar as a sweetener which I would highly recommend here. Partly because it has a natural, rich caramel flavour which really makes the caramel taste authentic, but mostly because although really sweet, coconut sugar has a low GI/GL meaning it has minimal impact on blood sugar levels
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