Aren’t you glad chocolate is good for you? It contains antioxidants and minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron. But sadly, many store-bought chocolates contain the following questionable ingredients:
- Artificial Colors & Flavors
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Soy Lecithin
- Partially Hydrogenated Oils
- I could go on…
Chocolate doesn’t have to be unhealthy if you make it at home with quality ingredients. As you may know, I love making everything I can at home, but if DIYing isn’t your thing you can try Theo Chocolate (my favorite brand!) or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
This Christmas I’m giving friends little baggies of heart-shaped chocolates and chocolate-covered nuts and dried fruit. Right now I’m especially loving chocolate covered dates rolled in coconut flakes.
The following recipe takes 5 minutes or less to put together and produces delicious results. Feel free to get creative and try different flavor extracts like peppermint or orange and add chopped nuts and dried fruit.
Healthy Homemade Chocolate Recipe
- 1/2 cup of raw, food-grade cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup of cacao powder
- 3 Tablespoons of maple syrup or 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (Get creative and try peppermint extract or orange extract. You can also add chopped nuts and dried fruit. Yum!)
- Melt cocoa butter in a pan over the lowest heat setting (double boiler works well too).
- Once cocoa butter is melted, remove from heat and incorporate cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and other additions. Combine really well.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixture into molds.
- Let harden at room temperature or speed up the process in the fridge/freezer and enjoy.
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