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Organic Cacao Butter Buttons recipes plus giveaway

Cocoa butter (also known as cacao butter) is well known in skincare for its moisturising properties but did you know that it can also be used in the kitchen. I didn’t so I was intrigued when I saw it listed as one of the products that Indigo Herbs were looking for bloggers to review.

Once I realised that it is a raw by-product in the cocoa Industry which can be used to make my own sugar-free chocolate, I immediately applied. I’ve always loved chocolate and I have tried to convince myself that it is good for me, due to the iron content, as I easily get anaemic. However over the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to reduce my processed sugar intake, but chocolate is one of the areas I’ve particularly failed to reduce. Nearly every visit to my local Co-op, I still come back with a bar, patting myself on the back because it is fair-trade and wrapped in foil and paper, ignoring the high sugar content.

Cacao butter buttons

So I was very pleased to receive a 500g packet of Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao Butter Buttons free to review.

Cacao has been harvested from the bean for centuries and dates back at least to the days of the Mayan, Inca and Aztec cultures. It has many health benefits. Cacao is the highest wholefood source of the mineral magnesium, an important mineral for heart health, which is rather lacking in most modern diets. It is also a valuable source of iron and an extremely antioxidant-rich superfood. Plus raw cacao is a great mood enhancer due to the abundance of feel good phytonutrients it contains.

The packet states that these organic buttons are 100% vegan, a natural source of healthy fats and an excellent source of essential fatty acids. On opening the packet, the aroma was absolutely divine, like a rich dark chocolate. And here is a birds-eye view into the packet. You can see that they look very similar in appearance to white chocolate chips, but that is where the similarity ends as these buttons are sugar-free. They are smooth to the touch, and melt easily over hot water.

organic cacao butter buttons


I currently have lots of apples and blackberries to put to good use, so I decided to come up with a recipe using these.

Apple and Blackberry Traybake

Apple and Blackberry Traybake

Ingredients (makes 16 slices)

100g cacao butter buttons
300g cooking apples
100g blackberries
250g almond flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
25g date sugar
200ml oat milk

Method

Preheat fan oven to 160 degrees C.
Line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
Boil a saucepan of water and then turn off.
Melt the cacao butter buttons in a bowl placed in the pan of hot water.
Meanwhile peel, core and dice the apples.
Stir the almond flour, baking powder and date sugar into the melted cacao butter.
Mix in the oat milk.
Stir in the blackberries and chopped apples.
Spoon the mixture into the baking tin.
Cook on middle shelf of oven for about 40 minutes, (until a skewer comes out clean).
Cool on cooling rack.
Cut into 16 pieces.
Serve and enjoy.

This was very tasty and shows how cacao butter can be used in a non-chocolate recipe. However the texture was rather soft, so it would probably have been better to serve this as a pudding rather than as cake. I’ve deliberately kept the recipe vegan and gluten-free, but you could easily adapt it.

Apple and Blackberry Traybake


And of course, I wanted to try my hand at making my own homemade chocolates. Having been tempted to taste one of the buttons straight from the packet, I knew I was going to have to sweeten the cacao somewhat, but to keep it reasonably healthy, I wanted to add as little of the date syrup as possible, so I gradually added 5g at a time, until discovering that 20g was optimal.

Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates

Ingredients

50g cacao butter buttons
35g cacao powder
20g date syrup

Method

Boil a saucepan of water and then turn off.
Melt the cacao butter buttons in a bowl placed in the pan of hot water.
Mix in the cacao powder.
Stir in the date syrup.
Spoon the mixture into moulds.
Place moulds in fridge for an hour.
Gently press chocolates out of moulds.
Serve and enjoy.

Homemade Chocolates

Wow. Thumbs up. These yummy treats both tasted and looked amazing. A nice slightly bitter dark chocolate flavour. I shall definitely be making these on a regular basis. I used moulds which I had repurposed from advent calendars and Easter, but you could alternatively make a bar.

A 500g packet of Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao Butter Buttons currently retails at £12.99 and is also available in 250g or 1kg sizes. They have a long shelf life being dated best before December 2020, although mine will be long gone before then. Unfortunately there is no mention of the cacao being fairtrade. Perhaps that is something that could be looked into.

I also want to talk about the packaging. Regular followers of my blog will know that I began this year with the aim of reducing my household waste, in particular plastic. I’ve gradually broadened this to think of the whole carbon footprint in terms of my purchases and trying to buy more organic and more local products with low food miles. So the buttons get a big tick for being organic. I know the cocoa bean doesn’t grow in the UK, so can’t do much about the fact of the cacao coming from Peru. Just got to accept that. It is the same with other products that I intend to continue purchasing like bananas. One of the things I plan to look into going forwards is how I personally can offset my carbon footprint of these products having been flown halfway across the world for my consumption, with a view to contributing to some environmental projects.

So back to the packaging. Unfortunately there is no mention on the packet of how to dispose of it, which is information I would like to see all food packaging display. I think it looks like either a plastic or a mixed material, probably not easily recycled. It seems reasonably robust, so I will probably be able to repurpose it temporarily as a freezer bag. But what about after that? How about selling them in glass jars instead, or even better loose though refill stores.

I couldn’t actually work out where my nearest stockist is as there seems to be a glitch with that page. Every store on the map seems to currently be listed with a Bristol address.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a 500g pack of cacao buttons courtesy of Indigo Herbs to one lucky winner. Think of all the tempting treats you could make with this.

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Right I’m off to browse the Indigo Herbs website to see what other products they sell. It is thanks to them that I previously discovered my love of chia seeds, something that I now use almost daily. You may check out my chia seed review here.

I’d love to hear your recipes using cacao.

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Chia Seeds recipes plus giveaway

I guess this month must be my health drive. It is not long since I blogged about coconut oil in my Sticky Date Flapjack recipe and now I have received a 250g packet of organic chia seeds free to review from Indigo Herbs.

Indigo Herbs Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are an ancient Inca superfood which contain more iron than spinach and more calcium than milk. You can see in the photo below that they are tiny, only about 1mm and not all the same colour. The packet indicates that they are powerfully antioxidant which is good for nervous system support and that they are omega rich which helps maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.

Indigo Herbs chia seeds


I’ve never tried chia seeds before but I’ve been planning to for a while. So I’ve now come up with a couple of tasty recipes using these products. Firstly one for breakfast.

Raspberry and Chia Seed Oatmeal

Raspberry and Chia Seed Oatmeal

Ingredients (serves 1)

30g oats
100g greek style natural yoghurt
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
50g raspberries

Method

Tip the oats into a lunchbox.
Add the yoghurt, milk and chia seeds.
Add a little honey to sweeten if desired.
Mix well.
Stir in the raspberries.
Put the lid on the lunchbox.
Then put in the refrigerator overnight.
Serve and enjoy.

Raspberry and Chia Seed Oatmeal

This was excellent for me, as when I’m working an early shift, I have to be in the office by 6:45am. So it was wonderful to be able to grab this from the fridge and take with me. It was delicious. I subsequently tried making variants for the boys, with mixed berries for son1 and with apple for son2.


And secondly with two hungry young boys in the house, some snacks should go down well. I’ve used coconut oil as well as the chia seeds in this recipe.

Peanut butter and chia seed balls

Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Balls

Ingredients (makes about 20)

100g peanut butter
40g coconut oil
50g rice krispies
10g chia seeds
75g icing sugar

Method

Melt peanut butter and coconut oil in a saucepan over a low heat.
Turn off heat.
Mix together rice krispies, chia seeds and icing sugar in a mixing bowl.
Tip dry ingredients into the saucepan.
Stir well.
Allow to cool slightly, so you can handle.
Use your hands to form into small balls.
Place in fridge for an hour.
Serve and enjoy.

Peanut Butter & Chia Seed Balls

I found these very moreish indeed.

A 250g packet of organic chia seeds currently retails at £3.99 and is also available in 500g or 1kg sizes.

I’ll certainly be buying chia seeds in the future. They are very versatile. You can use them in smoothies or sprinkled over salads. I also liked how the packet opens and reseals easily, as I get really fed up of other supposedly reseal packs where the reseal tears away from the packet when you pull it open.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a 250g pack of chia seeds courtesy of Indigo Herbs to one lucky winner. Open to anyone in Europe. Closes 11th May.

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I’d love to hear your recipes using chia seeds.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.