Here is my healthy low carb chocolate recipe, it is far more nutritious and has very little sugar, when compared to store bought chocolate. Of course it is Primal and Paleo approved, as it contains no dairy products and is grain/gluten free.
- Pre-heat a pan on very low heat, the smaller the pan the easier it is to control and make. I usually use an eight inch frying pan.
- Melt equal amounts of coconut oil and cacao butter (do not boil, the slower the melting the better) in the pan. Cacao butter can be found in health food stores and is a yellowish solid looking fat. Cacao butter and powder is the less refined version of cocoa products.
- Once the above is completely melted turn off heat and mix in real cacao powder. Now it will take a couple of batches for you to get the right flavor you like, there is no magic formula, but it should look dark and somewhat creamy. (Special note: melted homemade real chocolate is runnier than store-bought chocolate.)
- (Optional) mix in some coconut milk or almond milk (3 to 4 tablespoons), this will give it more of a milk chocolate flavor.
- Mix in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- (Optional) a teaspoon of cinnamon – I do recommend this as it gives it a little more sweetness.
- Again you will have to experiment and add stevia to flavor if you prefer this for the low-sugar version. (Optional) use real maple syrup instead of stevia.
- (Optional) Also mix in some carob powder to taste; I often do this.
- (Optional) mix in a pinch or two of sea salt.
- Make sure the above is well-mixed. Use only a spoon, no power mixers are needed, and keep the chocolate in the sauce pan until the end. Now let mixture cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature make any last minute adjustments to the taste you prefer. Stir well one more time.
- Keeping in the sauce-pan put in the refrigerator, cover with sauce pan lid. You will have to check every 5 to 10 minutes until solid. I like to mix with a spoon two to three times until it starts to thicken, as the oils tend to separate.
- (Hint) if you have room in your freezer you can put in there and it will become solid much quicker and you will not have to keep checking or mixing.
- Once it is solid, usually in about 30 minutes (10-15 in freezer)—break up and put in glass container. Real chocolate has a lower melting temperature than processed store bought chocolate so you have to store it in the refrigerator at all times.
On average this recipe takes me about 5-10 minutes to make and put in the refrigerator or freezer (I usually put mine in the freezer).
Some of the Health Benefits of Cacao:
- Increased blood circulation which can improve focus, reduce headaches, and more.
- Did you know chocolate is an anti-aging food?
- Cacao can be used to suppress coughing.
- It can reduce cholesterol which is good for heart health.
- Known in some circles as a mild smart food (boosts brain power synergistically due to the ingredients affect on your body, blood, and more).
- Can release more of the feel good hormone serotonin.
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