Chocolate makes everything better: a great movie, a bad day, a nasty breakup.
Are you with me or are you with me?
Dark chocolate with a high cacao content is also a nutritious treat since it’s jam-packed with healthy antioxidants. But finding pure dark chocolate without any unnecessary additives can be a real struggle.
This is why I like to make my own chocolate.
I always keep a stash in the fridge, and delve into it almost daily — totally without guilt! In fact, I am doing my body a favor when I eat my homemade chocolate. It’s raw, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Each of its ingredients are packed with nutritional goodness, and the coconut oil even helps speed up my metabolism. What could be sweeter?
Best yet, the recipe is super simple and extremely quick to make.
Homemade and Healthy Chocolate
- 3/4 cup powdered cacao
- 2/3 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
- 1/3 cup organic coconut butter/manna
- 3-4 tbs organic raw honey OR 8-10 drops pure liquid stevia extract* (depending on your preference)
*I use Whole Foods 365 brand
You will also need a silicone chocolate mold.
Melt the coconut oil and raw honey together in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, no problem — put them into a glass oven-safe bowl or measuring cup (such as Pyrex), and place it in pot filled with shallow, boiling water (be careful not to let the water get into the bowl/ measuring cup). Stir the coconut oil and honey until melted, then add the cacao powder. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and consistent. Pour the mixture into your molds, and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to cool and set. After 20-30 minutes, pop the chocolates out of the molds and enjoy!
Since coconut oil has a low melting point, I suggest keeping your chocolates in the refrigerator.
One of the best parts about this recipe is its adaptability! You can use it to make any sort of chocolate-covered goodie you want (I love these salty, sweet & crunchy superfood snack bites). It is a great way to get more superfoods (goji berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.) into your diet, and definitely into children’s diets! Trust me, they won’t be complaining.