Ingredients (makes double the amount in the photo)
Chocolate Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 cup or 30grams coconut oil
- 1/4 cup or 15-20grams unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup or 50 grams honey (see notes)
- 1/2 cup or 100grams soy yogurt (see notes
- Heat a small amount of water in a saucepan. Put a bowl containing the coconut oil into the pan, and cover with a lid.Turn off the heat, or down to it’s very lowest setting, using the residual heat of the hob to melt your oil. We are doing it gently because it is cold-pressed unpasteurised coconut oil and since we have paid for all that tender processing, we may as well try to keep all it’s wonderful goodness!
- Once melted, remove the bowl from the pan, (we want it to start cooling a little)and add cocoa and honey. Stir well.
- Finally add your soy yogurt and stir until it’s all creamy and silky-looking.
- We let it cool a little (even though, technically, that is not a fondue, but what’s a technical detail between friends?) and the texture gets even better. Thicker and kind of silkier. Mmmm!
- Digital scales are very useful to have! Especially with coconut oil straight out of the fridge which has the texture of candle wax, no joke.
- Coconut oil I know it must be annoying to see this crop up in “everything.” But if you can find an affordable source (ie NOT Holland & Barrett) then a jar of this will last you a good while. If you like coconut you can use it in creations like my Coconut Bites, and if not, you will find that in alternative chocolate recipes, the taste is masked by the cocoa. So much so that my coconut-hating-chocoholic-sweet-toothed daughter said that she liked my Peanut Butter Cups (made with coconut oil chocolate) “better than anything I could buy with my pocket money” Praise indeed!
- Honey: Some people dont like the taste of honey; it’s very sweet but it also has quite a strong taste. Unpasteurised honey is very good for your immune and digestive systems, but hey, if you don’t like it, you won’t care about that. You could always sub maple syrup or a less refined sugar like Sucanat. Sucanat is dehydrated cane juice and has quite a few more minerals present than table sugar. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a food group or anything….but it could be a better option than other sugars. You may wish to add a little more, if you or the children have a sweeter tooth, at least you can know it is not full of butter and cream.
- Soy Yogurt I found one in my local supermarket (Tesco) that is only made from water, hulled soy beans and cultures. Hooray!
So, when you have your dip made, it only remains to dip your fruit with a good chat partner, piece of music or DVD.
PS It ocurred to me that this is a great alternative chocolate dipping sauce for the walnut and cinnamon encrusted banana slices. I shall save it for another Saturday night!