Raise your hand if you think chocolate is the ultimate treat? I have both of mine up! Ok, maybe not, since I’m typing… But the point is, chocolate is where it’s at!
Sometimes chocolate is the only solution. If you’re anything like me you probably find yourself craving it on the regular. And I have great news! It isn’t the guilty pleasure many of us think it is.
That’s right friends, chocolate can be so incredibly good for you! Feeling skeptical? Let’s talk about it. And, even better, I’m going to show you how to make some in just 10 minutes. Booyah!
Let’s learn how to make chocolate whenever that craving hits and why your health will thank you. Ready for some yum?
Before We Get Started
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Now let’s get back to the chocolate!
Wait… Chocolate’s Healthy?
That’s right! Get ready to get your dessert on baby! Chocolaty goodness has your back. At least, when you know how to make chocolate with the right ingredients. Or when you buy healthier options.
There are healthy products out there when you need them. Like my fair trade, organic faves Camino or Prana. Not a sponsor, I just love them. Although, if the awesome peeps at Camino or Prana are reading, I’d be so happy to work together. You can even pay me in chocolate! 😉
If you want to have your chocolate cake and eat it too you can keep it nutritious by sticking with raw cacao. That’s where the magic happens.
Cacao beans, the building blocks of all chocolate, offer your bodacious bod some awesome nutrients like:
Just 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder gives you 9% of your daily recommended value of magnesium. Magnesium helps your body absorb calcium, plays a roll in muscle and nerve function, aids in maintaining a healthy heart, supports immune function, promotes healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and tons more. That’s a pretty big deal, right?
Add in the iron (4% of your daily in 1 tbsp) and we’re in food heaven! This essential mineral helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Which is amazing and also a big factor in energy production. A lack of iron tends to leave us feeling super drained. And who has time for that? Not me! (source)
Oh, and I should also mention that it supports your digestive health with all that fiber (4% of your daily per tbsp). Fiber also stabilizes your blood sugar. You can’t go wrong with that! (source)
The flavanols found in cacao are pretty flipping cool too! More studies are needed, but it’s possible that they support your cardiovascular health, protect your blood vessel linings and prevent high blood pressure (source).
Oh, but the goodness doesn’t stop there…
Those sexy flavanols also have a photoprotective quality. That means that eating healthy chocolate options on the regular will help your skin protect you from UV damage! Booyah!
Quality truly matters here. Those inexpensive, conventional bars didn’t protect show any photoprotective qualities at all. Which is totally lame, don’t you think? (source)
But hey, once you know how to make chocolate on your own, you can cash in on all the good stuff whenever you want!
How To Make Chocolate, A Quick and Easy Recipe
I used to adore gourmet chocolates. And I assumed that those delights were things I could only find in a store. If you told me you made chocolate I’d assume you were a freaking wizard! But it turns out that it’s actually super easy. And the end result is something creamy and magnificent, just like those gourmet chocolates I used to devour!
So let’s all become chocolate making wizards! You can start with this simple, delicious recipe. <3
This recipe is vegan and gluten free. Creates approximately 18 Chocolate Bites (depending on the chocolate mould you use).
You will need a chocolate mould, like this.
And we will be using raw cacao power, like this Raw, Organic, Free Trade Cacao Powder by Navitas.
Find our why fair trade chocolate really matters (and get your hands on a delish Gluten Free Vegan Brownies recipe) right here.
Ready to learn how to make chocolate?
- 2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
- 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Almond Flour
Mix everything together until well blended and spoon the homemade chocolate into your mould.
Lick the bowl (this step is incredibly important ^^).
Pop that mould in the freezer and let the chocolate bites harden. Since these chocolates have a coconut oil base they will set quickly; you can have your chocolate in approximately 10 minutes!
Keep them refrigerate (if you don't eat them all in one sitting ;)), as they'll soften at room temperature.
Quick, easy and delicious. That’s my kind of healthy dessert!
In fact, a little behind the scenes confession… it was hard as can be not to eat these while they worked it for the camera. And once I was done I ate every last one. Oops! Don’t tell my hubby!
I hope you adore them as much as I do! If you have a sweet tooth and an adoration for all things chocolate you are going to adore these. And make them often!
Enjoy! Did you already know how to make chocolate? Have a recipe of your own to share? Did you love learning all about cacao? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments below. Super bonus if you nibble on chocolate while you do it!
Health and Love,
Thought of the day: I am capable of incredible creations; my imagination is a marvelous guide.
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