Since I started the journey to rediscover my health back in September 2009, I’ve found that much of the food the old me loved to eat simply doesn’t appeal to me anymore. There are however a few exceptions, chocolate probably being the biggest. My taste buds have definitely changed, I no longer enjoy many of the cheap chocolate bars that I once ate daily. Oh, and I’ve found a way to have healthy chocolate too, made from natural, organic ingredients that are actually good for you!
- 2 tbsp raw organic coconut oil
- 4 tbsp raw organic cacao powder
- 2 tbsp raw organic agave nectar, coconut nectar or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp spoons of raw organic maca powder
How to Make Organic Raw Chocolates
These delicious chocolates are so easy to make. You will need to make a bain marie. Don’t worry, that is just a fancy term for a hot water bath. The way I make mine is to simply put hot water in a small bowl and then place a larger bowl on top of it. Put all the ingredients in the large bowl and mix by hand. Once mixed, simply put into a silicone ice-cube tray or chocolate moulds and put in the fridge or freezer to set. These chocolate are quite rich. I find I can only eat 1 or 2 ice cube sized chocolates at a time, so would advise against using moulds that are any larger.
Why I consider these chocolates healthy
Firstly coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest “fats” on earth as it’s medium chain fatty acids have been proven to improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and enhance circulation. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are effective in killing many types of bacteria. Coconut is nature’s own antiviral medicine and is effective against most antiviral infections.
Coconut oil is also effective in the fight against obesity, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are digested and utilised differently to other saturated fats, they DO NOT circulate in the blood stream but go straight to the liver, where they are immediately converted into energy.
The there is the cacao. Cacao is the highest antioxidant food in the world, which was not known even 10 years ago. It is now known to be the number one longevity food in the world, with 15 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries. It is also the number one food for your heart; is the highest natural source of magnesium, the highest natural source of iron, manganese, and chromium of any major food group. It is also a tremendous source of phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
Agave nectar? This is a low-gi natural sweetener. This means that when consumed, it won’t cause a sharp rise or fall in blood sugar. I think it should still be used in moderation, but if you need a sweetener this is a much better option than the refined sugars found in most chocolate. [Update: since posting this recipe, I now prefer to use Coconut Nectar instead]
And Maca? Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of bioavailable calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralisation.
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