Bean to bar chocolate. That’s the big thing these days for chocolate aficionados. I can’t really call myself an aficionado, but I do love chocolate. So I made this chocolate with coffee beans and cinnamon to prove it. I was skeptical at first because I have never made chocolate before, but it turned out really well. Warning! This is really dark chocolate so if you’re not into that this may not be the best recipe for you.
Ginny and I went to Belize for ten days in June. During our visit there, we stopped in for a tour of a chocolate shop in San Ignacio. It was really interesting and they convinced us to buy a pound of sun dried cocoa beans.
The beans sat on our kitchen counter for five months and I realized I needed to do something with them before they turned into an artifact. It is surprisingly easy to make chocolate if you have a good food processor, but difficult to get the creamy, smooth texture in a homemade bar that you find in one you buy at the store. I probably processed the beans for at least ten minutes in the almighty Ninja before they were pretty smooth. Apparently, you need a melanger to get a really smooth texture, but my Ninja did a bang up job on these beans.
This recipe for chocolate with coffee beans is only 5 ingredients: cocoa beans, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and coffee beans. You can make it in about 15 minutes.
Of course, this chocolate is quite dark because there are no milk products in it, but that’s the way I like it. If you want to tone it down, you could add some cocoa butter or more honey to make it sweeter.
PREP TIME: 75 minutes SERVINGS: 1 large bar
- 1 cup roasted or sun dried cocoa beans
- 1 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter
- 4 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. roasted coffee beans
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Place all ingredients except coffee beans in a Ninja or food processor. Process for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has a very smooth consistency. Add in coffee beans to mixture without breaking them.
- Spread the mixture out into a bread pan with a spoon. Place pan into the fridge and let harden for about one hour. Get ready for some delicious dark chocolate!