It probably doesn’t comes as a complete shock to hear me say “healthy chocolate.” We’ve been reading about the health benefits of chocolate in studies for some time now. But why would I go so far as to actually recommend eating it every day? What gives?
The chocolate I’m recommending is made from scratch. But before you freak out with ideas of sweating away in the kitchen, let me tell you that this recipe contains a mere 5 ingredients and can be made in 5 minutes. What I’ve done is pair it down to the most basic, natural ingredients and swapped out the unhealthy stuff for ingredients that GIVE you health benefits.
One of the ingredients I mentioned in a previous post was coconut oil. There are so many health benefits to coconut oil, that I actually recommend supplementing it in your diet. You’ve got antimicrobial properties, a great source of readily available energy and a booster for your good HDL cholesterol. It’s one of the best fats you can consume, so why not put it in the form of chocolate? You can buy coconut oil in many locations now, including warehouses like Costco, health food stores and even Walmart. You can also buy in bulk online at Tropical Traditions.
The other main ingredient is cocoa powder. You get all the health benefits of chocolate including antioxidant and theobromine, the compound that creates that feeling that “all is right with the world.” The beauty of cocoa powder is that it’s pure, no sugar, salt or fat included here. But because cocoa powder is fairly bitter, I also add a bit of carob powder to this recipe for natural sweetness. It’s a special ingredient that blends well with cocoa, but doesn’t add any other sugar to the mix. Cocoa powder you can find easily in the baking aisle of any grocery store, but carob powder is harder to find. You most likely will find it in a health food store or online.
The final ingredient is liquid stevia drops. Stevia is a plant that is naturally sweet. It’s known as “Sweet Leaf.” The beauty of stevia is that you can get a concentrate source of sweetness without any sugar, carbohydrate or calories. And it comes without side effect that you can experience with artificial sweeteners. One tricky part to using stevia is that you can easily add too much, especially when using the liquid form. So I recommend starting with less and gradually adding more, according to taste. It’s partly why I included carob powder for sweetness so I could use less stevia. Stevia is now available at some grocery stores in the sugar & baking section, any health food store, or online through a store like Amazon.
Now that you know the healthy ingredients- let’s put it together!
Prescription Chocolate Recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (softened)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons carob powder
- 10-15 drops liquid stevia
- ice cube tray or other candy mold
Mix the cocoa and carob powders together. Add softened coconut oil and blend together by mashing it with the back of a spoon until you get a fudgy consistency. Then add the stevia drops and mix thoroughly, noting if you need to add more to taste. If for some reason your coconut oil becomes too soft and turns oily, it’s ok. The mixture will still blend, but it will take a little while longer to set up in the fridge.
Bonus: you can add a few drops of flavored extract if you’d like to make chocolate mint or chocolate raspberry flavors.
After your mixture is ready, spoon tablespoon sized amounts into each ice cube section. The mixture will be slightly stiff, so after you’ve dropped in your spoonfuls, gently tap the bottom of the tray on the table to level out and spread the chocolate. Now, pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes and this will cool the coconut oil enough to harden your chocolates.
Then, you can literally pop these out like ice cubes and serve immediately. You will need to store these chocolates in the fridge to keep from melting or becoming too soft at room temperature.
Voila! You’ve now made your own chocolates easy enough to make for kids, yet gourmet enough to impress your guests. Now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor and remember to take your “prescription” dose every day.