Friends, today I give you the gift of chocolate - homemade chocolate, healthy chocolate, chocolate you can indulge in, and just in time for Valentine’s. You’re welcome!
I talk about quality chocolate a lot with clients as chocolate is a treat I recommend indulging in (in moderation). Cacao is rich in the mineral magnesium - a mineral deficient in many and responsible for bone health, muscle relaxation and blood sugar modulation. In fact, magnesium deficiency can show up as increased menstrual cramps for women, which may be a contributor to why so many women crave chocolate when on their periods. Cacao is also a great whole foods source of antioxidants.
Quality is the key - an organic (& fair trade, please) dark chocolate can hit the spot. We are fortunate to have access to a ton of great organic, fair trade, rainforest alliance certified dark chocolates out there - Alter Eco, Zimt, Giddy Yoyo, Zazubean, Endangered Species are a few of my favourites. But to satisfy your chocolate cravings with your own creation is another gift altogether. This is one of my favourite chocolate recipes from fellow Nutritionist, Jen Walker. Start with the base, experiment with different nut butters and toppings and enjoy this delicious treat.
1/2 c almond butter (experiment with different varieties - each nut contains different nutrients)
1/3 c coconut oil
1/4 c maple syrup (or raw honey)
1/3 c raw cacao (or cocoa - cocoa is the roasted form of the cacao bean)
pinch of sea salt
1/2 c coconut flakes
other toppings as desired - i.e. currents, cranberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, walnuts, pumpkin seeds - the options are endless!
Melt nut butter and coconut oil in small pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients (reserve some coconuts flakes for topping).
Pour mixture into a small dish lined with parchment paper and spread evenly, or use cupcake liners or other moulds. Sprinkle with desired toppings.
Chill in freezer to set for about 15 minutes and cut into desired pieces. Store in and serve from freezer.
Makes approximately 12 pieces