Raw Chocolate Chips
Raw Chocolate Chips require dehydration therefore they require patience. Making Chocolate Chips is step one in making Chocolate Chip Cookies. There is one tiny problem with making this recipe. It cannot be done and completed when you are craving it, you need some patience in order to reach your desired goal - your Chocolate Chip Cookies :)
The recipe is easy and fast. It takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare the chocolate chip mass, but plan ahead time for soaking cashews for 2-3 hours before and then dehydrating afterwards for 24-48 hours. Only that :)
Also, the time depends on your skills in using the piping bag. I know it sounds easy for those who have been using either piping bag or those who spend their time in the kitchen, but have I mentioned that before I started my happy & healthy journey, I didn't really spend much time in the kitchen. Therefore for me, all of these techniques, tools, utensils, ingredients are very exotic and new. I bought a piping bag but I am not very good with it, so I came up with a simpler solution. I use this simple bag (as on the photo), and I cut the corner of it, put the mass inside and squeeze the chips out. Be careful, as you don;t want to repeat my mistake and cut a hole way too big, so cut a small hole enough for the chip to come out. This is why my chocolate chips are very irregular, not really very presentable but I guarantee you they are tasty! :) So please give me some credit for it. Eventually I will improve.
My chocolate chips - don't laugh, they might not look pretty but they are tasty :)
Anyway, so now that we know the challenges of preparing chocolate chips, here is the recipe:
- 1 cup cashews, soaked
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup raw cacao
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- pinch salt
Blend all the ingredients. Try if it is sweet enough and feel free to add more sweetener. I use often honey, but honey does not dehydrate as well (or at all) as maple syrup, therefore it will always be a bit sticky and not completely dehydrated, but I don't mind it. If you do mind, use maple syrup, date paste, maple sugar, coconut sugar or coconut nectar, as they are the sweeteners that dehydrate really well. Other sweetener that doesn't dehydrate well is agave.
Once it is blended, place it in piping bag and pipe the chocolate chips on a non-stick sheet. Dehydrate for 24-48 hours at around 40 degrees Celsius. You do not need to use all the chips at once. You can store them in the fridge for quite some time and reuse them for other recipes...Or for snacking :)