Maple Macadamia Chocolate
This Maple Macadamia Chocolate Bark is an easy to make, decadent chocolate treat, minus the guilt. Dairy, gluten, grain-free and vegan.
- 300 g macadamia nuts (2 cups)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp macadamia nut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla -powder, extract or essence
- 200 g cacao butter -chopped or grated
- 30 g cacao (¼ cup) unsweetened Dutch process or raw
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup -to suit your taste
- Good pinch sea salt
Pre-heat your oven to 150℃/ 300℉.
Place the macadamia nuts on a tray lined with baking paper so they are in a single layer.
Roast for 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown.
In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Toss it through the macadamia nuts and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes until the syrup caramelises.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely while you make the chocolate.
Place a bowl over boiling water (or use a double broiler).
Melt the cacao butter by mixing it over the steam (take care not to let any water into the cacao).
Mix in the syrup and cacao.
Loosen the macadamia nuts from the baking paper and arrange in an even layer.
Sprinkle over the sea salt then mix the chocolate well and pour it over the macadamia nuts.
Place in the freezer immediately to set.
Once set, cut into rough pieces. I like this rustic rather than in perfect squares.
Keep refrigerated as it's not very heat stable.
As above but you can make the chocolate in the Thermomix.
Add the roughly chopped cacao butter.
Grate speed 8, 5 seconds.
Heat 37 degrees, speed 2 until it is melted.
Add the syrup and cacao and mix 15 seconds, speed 4.
Pour over the maple roasted macadamia immediately.
Substitute the macadamia nuts with pumpkin or sunflower seeds and the macadamia oil with coconut oil.
Replace the maple syrup with rice malt syrup.
You can melt your favourite dark or milk chocolate and simply pour over the maple macadamia nuts if you'd prefer.
WARNING - this is dangerously addictive! I hope you love it, post a comment in below if you have any questions or let me know if you try it.