DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Did you know chocolate (real chocolate) is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet?! Did you know that's it's full of magnesium and magnesium just happens to be one of the most used nutrients in our body keeping our muscle and nerve function steady.
Did you know raw chocolate is a mood booster? It contains a compound called anandamide which is a "feel good" molecule and boosts seratonin production in your brain. In fact, chocolate has over 300 chemicals which may contribute to that "warm-n-fuzzy" feeling we get from eating it.
Did you know that chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties and provides anti-oxidants to protect the heart, improve circulation and lower blood pressure. It's also a very rich source of iron. Adding a few tablespoons of cacao powder or nibs to your morning smoothie can boost iron levels and reverse low blood iron levels or anemia.
So...what exactly is my point? Well...I guess it's to eat more chocolate if that's your jam. I mean real chocolate. Like a dark chocolate bar with at least 70% chocolate and minimal ingredients (especially processed sugar) or raw cacao powder or nibs to add to your baking, smoothies, coffee or to make your very own chocolate!
Incorporated with healthy fats from coconut oil and coconut manna, these tasty treats are a superfood that will provide nutrients to make your body (and brain) very happy. I feel good about indulging in these decadent bites especially when I make them sugarfree by using stevia or erythritol (fermented sugar).
Feel free to experiment with natural flavours like peppermint, orange, cinnamon or almond. You can add texture by adding shredded coconut, nuts and seeds or cacao nibs!
You can pour the melted chocolate into molds or simply pour into a greased baking dish. Refrigerate then pop out of molds, cut or break up into chunks.
Due to the nature of coconut oil, these are best kept refrigerated until ready to eat.
½ cup organic, virgin coconut oil
½ cup coconut butter (also called manna)
1/3 cup cacao or carob powder
2-3 tablespoons natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, erythritol or stevia) *Stevia is 200x sweeter than sugar, so start with a few drops and add to taste.*
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1. Heat coconut oil and coconut butter in a saucepan on medium - low heat until it starts to slightly brown.
2. Place remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor.
3. Add melted coconut oil/butter mixture and blend until smooth.
4. Pour chocolate sauce into molds or a greased baking tray and refrigerate until hard.
5. Remove from molds or cut into pieces.
6. Keep refrigerated.
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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