In this post I’m going to let my readers in on one of my “secret” snack recipes. While I never eat the sugar laden chocolate bars found at the regular grocery store, I consume plenty of dark chocolate made from quality ingredients at home. A lot of people seem to believe that a healthy, nutrient-rich diet is dull and boring, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Who doesn’t love grass-fed meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and the occasional treat like dark chocolate?
- Cocoa butter, cocoa mass and coconut oil are rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats (yes, saturated fat won’t cause cadiovascular disease or kill you)
- Dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants (1). Although I’m not convinced that antioxidants are as beneficial as generally believed, certain organic compounds in chocolate have proven effects on health.
- Cocoa contains prebiotic compounds (2).
- Consumption of dark chocolate is associated with several health benefits, such as increased protection against UV lights (3,4), lowered blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease (5,6), and improved insulin sensitivity (7).
A word of caution
In the post on food reward I discussed how products with many rewarding qualities can be addictive in the sense that they trigger the food reward center in the brain and make us seek them out again and again. Although dark chocolate is relatively harmless compared to the hyper-rewarding stuff found at the convenience store, it’s not something that should make up a large part of your diet if you’re trying to lose weight.
- 1 part organic cocoa butter
- 1 part organic virgin coconut oil
- 2 parts organic cocoa mass
- Sweetener such as honey or stevia
- Small saucepan or glass bowl
- Large baking pan
- Greaseproof paper
- Plastic bags or other type of container
Time requirement: 10 minutes work, 30-60 minutes melting, and 3-4 hours in the fridge before cutting into smaller pieces.
Step 1: Gather ingredients
Step 2: Put ingredients into a bowl or saucepan, and melt over a water bath for 30-60 minutes
Step 3: Stir occasionally, and wait until everything is melted
Step 4: Prepare baking pan
Step 5: Pour the liquid chocolate into the baking pan
Step 6: Let the liquid chocolate cool in the fridge
Step 7: Take the chocolate out of the refrigerator after 3-4 hours
Step 8: Cut into smaller pieces
Step 9: Put into plastic bags or other type of container
Step 10: Keep the chocolate in the fridge