My rule of thumb when it comes to food: only eat it if you like it. This mentality makes it easy to stick to eating real food because you’ll never feel deprived.
I’m also a big fan of finding healthier alternatives to conventional treats and desserts so you can address a sweet tooth without totally throwing in the towel—and homemade “chocolate” is a fabulous example! This recipe isn’t an exact science, so I encourage you to experiment and find what works for you. That’s the beauty in any kitchen creation, I think 🙂
Ingredients & Instructions
- Melt a few tablespoons of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil over low heat in a small pot
- Add a few drops vanilla extract
- Stir in two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (I usually add more because I love a rich chocolate!)
- Stir in a sprinkle of powdered cinnamon
- Sweeten to taste; a bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup will work, but I like to use a sprinkle of SweetLeaf brand stevia for a sugar-free touch of sweet
*NOTE: stevia is the ONLY sugar-free sweetener I use – sucralose, aspartame, etc. are chemical-laden and have been linked with a slew of side effects, so you’re best off avoiding them. Also, make sure the stevia is an all-natural, pure variety – not Truvia. More info on that here.
- Mix well & serve
- Pour melted chocolate over a bowl of your favourite frozen fruit – it hardens on impact (that’s what she said?) and creates an amazing shell on any combination of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana…
- Try a “dipped cone” and use it as a topping on your Clean Banana Coconut Ice Cream (pop back in the freezer for a minute to make sure it all hardens!)
- Add a spoonful of nut butter of your choice (100% almond butter is my favourite!) or a handful of nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamias…) to either of the above serving suggestions above with a little sea salt for an even more decadent natural treat
- For a chocolate bark, pour melted chocolate over some chopped nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut and dried fruit or small fruit pieces in a shallow dish; pop in the freezer until hard then cut into bite-size pieces
SO. DAMN. GOOD. Get creative with how to use this delicious gluten-free, dairy-free and real food-approved chocolate and enjoy!