So, this is what made me learn how to make homemade dark chocolate. I normally like planning ahead of time especially when I am following a healthy eating plan.
For me to consistently eat clean, I have to plan my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks a week in advance, so that I don’t end up snacking mindlessly.
When 2020 got out of hand from March, it meant that I was at home all the time, and eating more than usual, if not ALL the time. In the beginning, I managed to stock up on the foods that I often eat, but as weeks passed, it became harder to get my hands on most foods, because stores ran out of a lot of basic things.
I knew then that it was time to get creative in the kitchen. I started making my own snacks with the limited ingredients in my pantry. Now, I have so many easy to prepare, healthy snacks and can’t wait to share them all with you.
If you are on a weight loss journey, you are allowed to indulge once in a while. I prefer making my own snacks that are without additives and other chemicals that I can’t even pronounce properly.
While dark chocolate is known to help lower blood pressure and a great source of antioxidants, you should, as with all good things, eat it in moderation. The recommended amount of dark chocolate that you can have per day is between 30g to 60g.
Homemade dark chocolate should be stored in the fridge because coconut oil melts at a temperature above below 75 °F (24 °C).
What you can add to your homemade chocolate
While I appreciate 100% dark chocolate recipes, I do like a bit of fruit and nut to my homemade dark chocolate.
I made two variations, in one batch I added dried cranberries, while in the other I used pecan nuts and cranberries.
There are a few superfoods that I always have in my home and besides chia seeds, I never run out of dried cranberries. I toss cranberries in overnight oats, my healthy banana split breakfast, salads, and just about anything. Cranberries have lots of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
Pecan nuts are good for your health. They help with improving digestion, lowering cholesterol, high in nutrients, and not to mention that they contain good unsaturated fats which are great for your heart.
You can also substitute cranberries and pecans with orange zest, almonds or a healthy trail mix to your dark chocolate, as long as you stick to the correct measurements.
How to make chocolate with cocoa powder
Can you believe it? It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make homemade dark chocolate. The basic ingredients are unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut milk and coconut oil.
Both recipes turned out perfectly fine. Something I would like you to note is that I didn’t use any fancy kitchen gadgets.
I used a baking tray for one batch and simple ice trays for the other. I wanted my recipe to be relatable and show you that you can make your own healthy dark chocolate without any unique kitchen tools.
Ideally, you should use maple syrup instead of honey if you want to add a sweetener. I found that honey tends to sink to the bottom of the tray while maple syrup mixes pretty well.
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½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons cranberries or pecans
Roughly chop the pecan or almond nuts.
Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to be sure the oil is melting evenly.
Once completely melted slowly stir in the cocoa powder with either a silicon or wooden spoon and stir until smooth.
Slowly beat milk into the mixture and once mixed add vanilla and maple syrup and mix well.
Remove from stove and add pecans or cranberries to the mixture and stir until evenly coated.
Spoon the mixture into the ice tray to mould or pour on baking sheet and smooth evenly.
Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve when ready to eat.
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons cranberries or pecans
- Roughly chop the pecan or almond nuts.
- Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to be sure the oil is melting evenly.
- Once completely melted slowly stir in the cocoa powder with either a silicon or wooden spoon and stir until smooth.
- Slowly beat the milk into the mixture and once mixed add vanilla and maple syrup and mix well.
- Remove from stove and add pecans or cranberries to the mixture and stir until evenly coated.
- Spoon the mixture into the ice tray to mould or pour on a baking sheet and smooth evenly.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve when ready to eat.
If you are on a weight loss journey, you should indulge once in a while. You should make your own homemade dark chocolate than buying snacks with additives and chemicals that we can’t even pronounce properly.