Chocolate You Won’t Feel Guilty About Eating

image3 (1)My family loves this recipe. Of course they loved Nutella, but this hippie could not pronounce all the ingredients and reading the amount of sugar in a 2 tbsp serving made me dizzy!  So, I set to work on a healthier version. Boy, did I succeed! Not only is this not as bad for you as chocolate, it is good for you!

Let this hippie tell you why I believe this recipe is so good for you. Cacao is full of antioxidants, little life-giving goodies that we want as much of as we can get because they neutralize free radicals, which are little life destroying monsters (think cancer). Polyphenols in cacao are heart protecting warriors. Cacao enhances mood by affecting dopamine and serotonin. Of course one final thing about cacao is the teensy tiny bit of caffeine. Coconut oil has medium-chain-triglycerides, a form of saturated fats that are good for energy, burning abdominal fat, boost brain function and even reduce seizures (including Lauric acid, which is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal). Honey, sweet honey, full of flavonoids and antioxidants, is heart healthy and reduces the risk of some cancers, is healing to the gastrointestinal tract, can reduce allergy symptoms and other inflammatory issues, and is also antibacterial-viral-fungal. Maple syrup is full of antioxidants and important vitamins like B2 and minerals including zinc, potassium and magnesium.  Alkaline almonds, with protein, flavonoids and vitamin E are heart healthy, strengthen bones and teeth thanks to phosphorus, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and have B2 and L-carnitine to support the brain and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s.image5

A healthy sugar intake, as approved by the US government for suggestion, for women is only about 27 grams per day, and for a man is a little over 30 (mind you these things change all the time). Can you imagine spreading 21 of your 27 allotted grams on your morning toast? No, thank you! I wouldn’t even be able to eat an orange that same day. Mind you now that the amount of sugar per serving will change based on what brands of ingredients you use and how heavily you sweeten it.  I have judged by my brands I use most often, and my preferred sweetness,  that 2 tbsp of my Notella has just 2 g of sugar. That is a far cry better than 21 grams per serving!  Not to mention that there is no refined sugar in my recipe, or hidden modified food parts that are harmful to your body. So, let’s get on with this delicious-ness.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz jar almond butterimage4
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder  
  •  use 2-4 tbsp of raw honey or real maple syrup to taste 

Instructions:  mix up well and store at room temp to keep spreadable

**add a few drops of doTerra pure therapeutic grade essential oil (safe for ingestion), such as wild orange, peppermint or Slim and Sassy, for a healthy burst of flavor.

Buy oils here: http://www.mydoterra.com/ashleyrenouf

**add nuts or shredded coconut if you want, also, powdered coconut milk to taste, then roll in almond flour or more cacao to make truffles. Yummy!

** also can pour into molds and freeze to set, then refrigerate, for chocolate bars
Sweetness guide: 2 tbsp of honey/syrup will give you a rich dark chocolate-y flavor, which I prefer. 4 tbsp is closer to a traditional chocolate bar. You could put up to 1/4 cup of sweetener. Could.
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Remember when considering storage, coconut oil is 1/3 of your solid ingredient. It melts at a temp somewhere around 76-77 degrees depending on purity, etc.  and will be rock hard at 60 degrees or less. Coconut oil is a powerful “preservative” for this decadent food-stuff because of its anti-bacterial properties. I have never had a batch stored at room temp go bad or make anyone sick.  But always use clean technique while making foods, and follow your get instinct on proper storage for your living environment.

Learn about Slim and Sassy oil blend here: https://www.joomag.com/magazine/other-pdfs-documents-slimsassy/0330044001421951440

Other oils here: http://www.joomag.com/magazine/product-catalog-us-product-guide/0783353001411405760

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna Fehr says:

    YUM!!! I have had your “Notella” and love it! Thank you for sharing with us chocolate “addicts”.

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  2. Great recipe. I know what we’ll be picking up next shopping day!

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