I was given the best Christmas gift this year: the gift of chocolate. As alluded to in my previous post, I have added unsweetened cocoa powder back into my diet and wow. How much is wow? Right between “ouch” and “boing”! Also this year, my sister decided to take a couple of days off of work before Christmas and fly down to Chicago to visit. As I have been trying to come up with more reasons to eat chocolate, I decided to pull out the stops for her visit. Well, it’s not good, but it’s a reason. I decided on a recipe by the charming Jenni at Urban Poser.
This was my first time trying marshmallows but it definitely won’t be my last! When I first found it, I thought “it’s impossible, ridiculous and insane!” but more than that “I wish I’d thought of it first.” I watched the video that Jenni posted first and then had at it! I struggled to find grass fed gelatin so just used the gelatin I found at Whole Foods. I did not use the arrowroot starch that Jenni uses as it is not SCD legal but instead toasted a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, which I processed in my food processors to make tiny pieces to line the bottoms and tops of my mallows. Otherwise, I followed her instructions exactly! If you’re looking for a quick treat, Honey, I’ve got a flash for you- it’s a real slow mover! Over 4 hours to be exact.
For the chocolate fondue, I did the following. I added 1/2 unsweetened Ghiradelli baking bar (100% cacao) to 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup honey with 1 tsp vanilla extract. (Made with homemade vanilla extract! Yum!) I heated the chocolate over medium heat in a small sauce pan and added melted coconut oil and honey. After it had reached desired consistency, I added the vanilla extract.
The result was fantastic! So delish and such a fun treat. It’s a smash, let’s take a bow!
I paired it with dairy-free egg-nog, also from Urban Poser. The only substitution I made here was honey for maple syrup at a 1-1 ratio. It was very good and my non-SCD counter-parts gave it a thumbs up as well!
Since I have been counting my blessings, instead of sheep, I will say that I am SO THANKFUL for Jenni (Urbanposer.blogspot.com), Danielle (againstallgrain.com) and Coco (roostblog.com). They are women I’ve never met but that I’m so indebted to for making the SCD lifestyle look fun and attainable. Oh, my word, if I wasn’t such a mean old biddy, I’d break right down and cry. They did great, and I’m grateful!