No food is so connected to our emotions like chocolate. There is something about it that transforms you to a moment of bliss. And while dark chocolate have been tooted for having health benefits like promoting better heart health and lowering blood pressure, store bought chocolate in all its varieties is still too processed, high in sugar and other additives.
The beneficial ingredient in chocolate is the cocoa bean, one of the world’s most nutritionally dense food. I recommend to use organic raw cacao powder, like this one, because regular cocoa powder has been processed and roasted and most of it’s nutrients have been destroyed. Raw organic cacao is high in antioxidants, in fact it has 40 times the antioxidants in blueberries! It is full of minerals like iron, magnesium and calcium, it is the world’s highest plant source of iron! Cacao is a natural “feel happy” food because it is high in phytochemicals like serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine that help elevate mood and fight depression. It is considered by many health experts to be the world most superior food.
My home-made chocolate recipe is so easy and so chocolaty, you will fall in love with it. It’s a win-win recipe, full of good-for-you ingredients that taste so so good!
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup (you can also use stevia extract to taste)
*use more or less sweetener according to taste, I like mine on the bitter side
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together to a smooth consistency.
Pour into silicon molds and freeze.
I like these heart shape molds 🙂
You can also spread it on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze, breaking it into bite size pieces once it’s frozen.
Keep frozen, you can eat these right out of the freezer.