The answer was "YES!" I roasted up the rest of the cacao beans and dumped them all into the food processor. I added some cocoa butter and coconut butter to help the cocoa powder liquefy into a workable chocolate.
Recap of the Process:
Roast Cacao beans at 250 degrees for 10-13 minutes.
Put roasted beans into food processor with stevia and begin processing. When the powder turns to a clay consistency, add cocoa butter (I also added a small amount of coconut butter)
In about 2 ounce increments, put chocolate into mortar and worked with the pestle
Add flavoring if desired and temper chocolate on marble sheet. I clumped mine into small balls for easier serving. Allow to harden and store for future eating.
At this time of year "chocolate covered cherries" is such a huge treat. I decided to try a healthier twist. I took some Bing Cherries out of the freezer. After thawing them, I used paper towels to pull the moisture out of several and left the oven at a low temperature drying them even more. Although they weren't dehydrated, I still used them in the chocolate. I will need to eat these first.
|Cinnamon Sprinkled Bing Cherries|
They all looked similar once they were done. To keep them separated, I put each two ounce flavor into a snack size Ziploc baggie after writing a description of the flavor on the outside. Even though I used stevia to sweeten the chocolate, they still taste very similar to 70% chocolate bars. So if you don't like dark chocolate, you would not like these flavors.
|2 oz bags of chocolate|
The sky is the limit in regards to flavors. I am going to take the rest of the cherries that I thawed and put them in the dehydrator. That will give a different flavor and texture. I might even dehydrate a couple of bananas and maybe a couple of apples with cinnamon. All healthy choices that could be added with stevia sweetened chocolate for a fun and favorable treat.