Ah chocolate we love it, we crave it, we want it (now!), we hate it (no, you’re right, this is a lie), we celebrate with it and we console with it. Even if you’re trying to be healthier and make better choices when it come to what goes in your gob, I 100% believe that chocolate can always be included. Yep, you heard right. Chocolate is not a dirty word. Chocolate
can should be a health food.
“You WILL have your chocolate and eat it too!”
The trick is to choose the right chocolate. Always try to opt for as dark as you can tolerate (I loourve 85% dark choc) – the darker it is generally the less added sugar there will be. We know sugar is the ingredient that turns us into chocolate devouring monsters. Organic is always lovely and check out the ingredient list, the fewer the better.
Of course one of the best ways to know exactly what’s in your chocolate is by making your own. It’s very quick and easy, doesn’t require anything too exotic. And, you can play around with it to suit your taste buds perfectly.
What you will need…
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup creamed coconut (I’ve explained what this is HERE)
- 2 Tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew – any will do, crunchy if you want, or omit and add a little extra coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder (raw cacao powder is best from a health and nutrition point of view)
- Pinch of salt (good quality Celtic or pink)
- 1+ tspn of rice malt syrup/honey/maple (add as much, if you must, to suit your taste buds. Or omit if your a sugar free rock star!)
What you do…
- Put everything into a small saucepan over a low heat, stir gently until everything becomes melted and smooth.
- Taste test – add extra cacao, sweetener or salt as required.
- Spoon into little patti-pans, chocolate molds or even ice cube trays (this recipe made about 35 half Tablespoon sized chocolates).
- Pop into the fridge until they are set.
- You will need to store these in an airtight container in the fridge – especially if its a hot day. They will melt.
Now you can have fun with it…
- Add spices and flavor such as cinnamon, vanilla, chilli flakes, salt flakes or chai spice mix to surprise your taste buds.
- Add nuts for some crunch!
- Add shredded coconut for delicious texture.
- Plonk some nut butter into the middle and make your very own gooey, nut butter cups.
- Arrange crunchy things such as nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, gogi berries and coconut on a sheet of baking paper (on a tray) and pour the chocolate over. Let it set and then break up into yummy chunks of textural deliciousness.
Not only is this a delicious treat but the good fats will suppress appetite, boost hormones and keep your metabolism happy. The raw cacao is bursting with nutrients especially magnesium which is great for stress and muscle tension. Oh yeah, cacao is also a wonderful antioxidant (think youthful, shiny radiance).
Are you sold yet..?
I had you at chocolate is a health food didn’t I..? Though so you devilish chocolate lover you!
WAIT!!! Can I do this in my Thermomix..??!! Yes, of course you can – there really isn’t much you can’t do with this machine (leave it in charge of doing the dishes..? *Sad face*…com’on Thermomix geniuses!). Set the temp to around 60 – 70 degrees and mix on low.