“Real Food” Homemade Chocolate

 

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There are a million and one recipes out there at the moment for homemade healthy chocolate and they all look utterly amaze-balls!!!

So here is my version, well lets be honest, it’s today’s version. Meaning it is what I made today based on what I had in the cupboard after all health consious scrooging is about using what you have in you cupboard….. and they are GOOD! 🙂

Real Food Chocolate

Dairy/Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

2 TBSP Coconut Oil
2 TBSP Organic/ Fairtrade cocoa
2 TBSP Pics Peanut Butter (the bee’s knee’s of peanut butter!)
1 TBSP Local Honey
1 tsp Natural Vanilla Essence

Put them all in a pot and heat very slowly and gently until all melted together. Spoon into muffin papers or silicone molds or icecube trays or whatever. Freeze for 20 minutes or so and then store in the fridge or freezer. EASY!

And because we can here is a wee nutritional breakdown:

Coconut oil is an excellent healthy source of saturated fats. Every cell in our body is surrounded by a double layer of phospholipids which are made up of saturated fats and other molecules.

Healthy levels of saturated fats give our cells structure and stability….. in the simplest language, they keep us looking young.
Good fat is also essential for brain health, our brain is made up of approx 60% fat, and healthy nerve function. Our nerve cells are protected by a myelin sheath which is also made up of fat.

In other words whoever came up with the concept of “low fat diets”, either had NO IDEA or they wanted us all to look old, saggy, brain-less and have nerve problems! Pretty rude I think.

Cocoa truly is a superfood, it is really high in phytochemicals (antioxidants) and minerals including magnesium calcium and potassium. It relaxes us and causes the release of endorphin’s (feel good factor)

Peanut Butter is just good, it tastes good, its satisfying and Pics Peanut Butter is made close to home in Nelson, New Zealand with just peanuts and salt. Too GOOD!

Local, raw honey is a great natural sweetener, however “natural” is not a license to eat as much as you want. Arsenic is natural too but we all know not to go hard on that.

The benefits of honey instead of refined white sugar is that it is as close as possible to its naturally occurring form, and in my head that makes so much more sense than eating loads of a refined white powder that has absolutely NO nutritional value.
Another interesting point on local honey is that there is some evidence to suggest that eating your local honey can provide you with some immunity to allergens in your area, meaning you may cope better when it comes to hay-fever season. Cool aye…. I think thats cool.

Vanilla, yum. Only don’t use that “IMITATION” vanilla essence, it is merely a chemical cocktail made to trick your brain into thinking it is getting vanilla. Natural Vanilla Essence, or better still vanilla pods are the way to go.

So there you have it, a rather long winded break down on a simple chocolate treat.

ENJOY 🙂

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