A growing (chocolate) mountain of (CHOCOLATE) studies are confirming that (mmm) chocolate can help boost health and (Thank You Dear Lord!!!) weight loss. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder with 70 percent or more cocoa solids and little to no sugar or added ingredients has been shown to help lower blood pressure, boost heart health, balance blood sugar, increase energy and improve mood as well.
Eating two to three small squares of this home-made dark chocolate after dinner could help you curb your appetite and manage your weight. These after-dinner dark chocolate melt-aways are incredibly easy to make, and making them at home allows you to ensure that they contain no other unhealthy ingredients, as most chocolate products on the market tend to have. Using healthy coconut oil instead of commercially-used unhealthy fats helps these chocolates keep your blood sugar regulated and prevent insulin spikes.
Also…well…it’s chocolate. What more has to be said. Eye rolling, heaven sent, melt-in-your-mouth CHOCOLATE. Ok?
Ready, set, go!
¾ cup cocoa powder (do not use Dutch processed)
4 tbsp unrefined virgin coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Liquid stevia blended with xylitol, to taste (you can find this at most health food stores)
- Melt the coconut oil to liquid in a pot, but do not allow it to boil. Transfer to a bowl.
- Combine the liquefied coconut oil with the liquid stevia and cocoa powder. Stir until combined very well, until the mixture is a uniform thick liquid.
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and pour in the chocolate sauce in a thin layer.
- Place in the freezer until solid. Remove briefly to break the chocolate sheet into small pieces, place into a freezer bag and put it back in the freezer for storage.
- Keep chocolates stored in the freezer until you’re ready to sneak a piece out. Take this piece with you to the comfiest chair in your home. Close your eyes. Place said piece in your mouth. Lean back. Feel it melt on your tongue. Allow yourself to be whisked away to a far-away land of chocolate bliss. Goodbye…