Saturday, April 18, 2015

Healthy Chocolate

Chocolate is a staple at my house. Just a bite every so often and I'm good to go. And while chocolate itself is healthy and an antioxidant, the sugars and other added ingredients of grocery store chocolate are not. 

And fancy chocolates can get expensive. I bought a "specialty" chocolate bar at Sprouts for my husband as part of his Valentine's Day gift and it was over $3! Not my idea of a budget friendly treat. 

My solution: make my own at home using 4 simple, healthy ingredients: 

Coconut Oil
Cocoa Powder
Raw Honey
Celtic Sea Salt

optional add-ins include:

Shredded Coconut
Chopped raw nuts
Almond Butter
Peanut Butter
Dried cranberries

In terms of health, coconut oil outshines all other oils and has too many health benefits to list here. 
Raw honey is superior to processed and retains its many trace beneficial properties. 
Cocoa powder is loaded with health benefits and is a known antioxidant. 
And a pinch of celtic sea salt adds flavor balance and does not cause a mineral unbalance in the body as table salt does

An added bonus is that you can whip up a batch any time in the comfort of your own home. I love that phrase, don't you? "In the comfort of your own home." It's such a blessing to have a place to call home. :)

So these are the ingredients I used to make my healthy chocolate:


Then it gets really complicted. 
You dump them in a bowl and stir. :)


Sprinkle in any optional add-in ingredients you wish. I used shredded coconut. Unsweetened gets preferential treatment, but this is all I had so I used sweetened. 
Didn't bother my conscience a bit. :)

 

I then pressed the mixture into a silicone mold and chilled in the refrigerator. 


To the left over chocolate in my bowl I added about 1/3 cup almond butter and pressed into another silicone mold I had. 
Into the fridge it went to chill. 



In half hour or so they are ready to pop out and enjoy. 



7 comments:

Courtney said...

I saved this to my photos so I can try this hopefully soon! Chocolate is very important to me! That's probably an understatement! I would most certainly die if I had to go without it!!! Haha... Thanks for sharing this recipe! Side note: your nails look nice!!!

Simply Keeping Home said...

Thanks Courtney. I did my nails myself last week. Took me almost an hour! :) Yes, chocolate does seem like a "necessity" in life, doesn't it? So thankful for it!

DeNiece Barnes said...

Love this. My family and I will be trying this. I love chocolate especially around the time of my cycle. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I agree with Courtney your nails are pretty.

Simply Keeping Home said...

Ah yes, my chocolate cravings tend to hover around a particular time of them month also. :) I hope you enjoy the recipe and let us know how yours turns out!

Jessica said...

I make a chocolate milkshake using frozen bananas, dates, peanut butter, milk, and cocoa powder. It's delicious and healthy! I don't know what I'd do without chocolate.

Alyson said...

Just catching up on the recent posts :) I love all the recipes, they looks so good!

Simply Keeping Home said...

Jessica we LOVE smoothies with peanut butter & cocoa, too!

Alyson, thanks for taking time to say hi! :) Hope you're having a blessed day.