I have come across a few blog posts on how to live with a partner that doesn’t follow a primal lifestyle – this can be relevant to anyone who has particular diet restrictions. So I am very lucky – my boyfriend believes that it makes perfect sense to eat what we have evolved to eat rather than heavily processed foods, so he eagerly joined me on the primal bandwagon. Before our change in lifestyle however, he had a weakness for peanut butter and anything containing peanut butter – peanut butter cups in particular. I still want to be able to make him (and me) treats that I know he’ll love. Unfortunately, peanuts are a legume and excluded from the primal diet. Fortunately, he also has a fondess for cashew nuts.
Cashew nuts are the seed of a plant that is native to Brazil. They have a very rich, creamy flavour, and therefore can be turned into a delicious nut butter that can be used in many different ways. Here is one of them.
1/4 cup cashew nut butter
1 tbsp honey
1-2 tbsp coconut flour
200g of the darkest chocolate you can find, or your own preference
Shredded coconut for garnish
In a small bowl, mix together the cashew butter and honey. Add coconut flour and mix, until the mixture is firm enough to roll into a ball. Coconut flour is excellent at absorbing moisture, so you often don’t need very much. I made the balls about the same size as a dice.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler – or in my case, a ramekin sitting in a pot of boiling water.
I’m sure others have a better technique to coat the ball of cashew goodness in melted chocolate, but I put the ball onto a teaspoon, then dipped into the chocolate, ensuring it was all covered. Place onto a sheet of baking paper or a plate and allow to cool.
- Mix the melted chocolate with with cashew mix, and dust with raw cocoa powder
- Mix the cashew mix with raw cacoa to make a chocolate filling, and roll in dessicated coconut
These are quite small, but very decadent. You will only need one or two per person