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Raw, Vegan, Organic, Homemade Chocolate
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Nov 02

Raw, Vegan, Organic, Homemade Chocolate

The swiss army knife for your sweet tooth!

Raw, Vegan, Organic, Homemade Chocolate

Coconut Crunch Chocolate Bites

Have you ever had a late night craving for something sweet and your “guilty pleasure stash” is fresh out?  This homemade chocolate takes only 5 minutes to make and 10 to 15 minutes to set in the freezer.

The best part about this homemade chocolate recipe is that you really can’t mess it up. I have made this a hundred times and out of that hundred, I probably used a measuring tool for 4 of them. It will become a”to-texture” and “to-taste” method for you, I promise!  If you end up throwing in a little too much cacao (or cocoa) powder – no problem! Just add a little more sweetener!  You will find what mixture works best for you and your unique tastebuds.

I should also mention that this homemade chocolate recipe is a BASE recipe.  Once you’ve mixed this up you will be equipped to make your favorite flavor combination. Not feeling creative? I have listed some of my favorite homemade chocolate combo’s for you to choose from below.

Raw, Vegan, Organic, Homemade Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Anticipation Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 cup unrefined organic coconut oil (from my experience, THIS brand has the least amount of coconut flavor if you aren’t in love with coconut)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (this is what I prefer, if you are not vegan and like the mild tartness of honey you can substitute equally)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • in a metal mixing bowl, add all ingredients together.
  • Mix together with a hand mixer, immersion blender, or good ol’ spoon and muscle.
  • If your coconut oil is solid (which simply depends on the temperature of the air it was sitting in) than heat water in a large pot.   Place metal bowl (with ingredients) over heated water (a double boiler process) and allow oil to melt, stirring regularly.
  • Pour mixture into a silicone or flexible plastic mold or on a cookie sheet or plate with wax or parchment paper
  • Place In freezer for 10-15 minutes or until chocolate is solid all the way through
  • EAT & ENJOY!
  • NOTE: because coconut oil melts at 78 degrees (F) You will need to store these tasty morsels in the fridge or freezer.

MY FAVORITE ADD-IN’s


chocolate barCoconut Crunch:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs – cacao nibs have been coined a “superfood” because they are filled with anti-oxidents, provide natural energy, support heart health, and protect bodies from free radical damage
  • Stir in and pour/spoon into mold to set

Cinnamon Almond:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon – added to chocolate during original mixing process
  • 1 cup almonds – finely chopped
  • Stir almonds in and pour/spoon into mold to set
  • FINISHING TOUCH: I like to take my chocolates out as soon as they set fully and set upright, then sprinkle with ground cinnamon.  The health benefits of cinnamon are almost endless.  This wonder spice aids in regulating blood sugar and is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant filled, memory enhancing spice. You can never have too much of this kitchen staple!

Almond Joy:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Stir in and pour/spoon into mold to set

PB & J:

  • 2/3 peanut (or any nut) butter
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, dates, or your favorite dried fruit!
  • Stir in and pour/spoon into mold to set

Mint Chocolate Chip:

Peppermint is great for digestion and helps curb your hunger making this after dinner treat the PERFECT nightcap.

  • 6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil – added to mixture with all other ingredients at the beginning *Disclaimer: I can only vouch for consuming Young Living peppermint essential Oil – other brands may have additives and not be digestible
  • 1/2-2/3 cup cacao nibs – measurement depends on how crunchy you want your chocolate
  • Stir in and pour/spoon into mold to set

Mocha Morning Delight:

Just like the title states – feel free to eat this in the morning. Coconut oil is a great lubricant for your digestive tract and the cacao powder mixed with the hint of coffee will give you that morning boost of energy. This one does require a little pre-planning…

  • 1/4 cup ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water or just enough water to cover the grounds
  • in a glass container, pour hot water over coffee grounds and let steep, once temperature has dropped to room temp, place in fridge over night.  Strain liquid and mix into chocolate mixture.
  • Note: You may need to store this in the fridge as the coffee liquid (which is mainly water) will freeze a bit too much in the freezer

 

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