Chocolate can be quite devious, however. The sweet, smooth and creamy flavors can cast a seductive spell over us and suddenly we forget what we are actually eating. A lot of the chocolate on the market contains processed sugar, artificial flavors and hydrogenated oils. Unfortunately, these ingredients can have a negative effect on our bodies and brains.
What is one to do? Well one way to look at it is: everything in moderation. If you are going to eat it, enjoy it! Completely taking chocolate out of your diet is like taking all the goodness out of your life. Who wants to do that? Not me. So let’s compromise.
What if I told you that it is possible to make your own delicious, creamy and healthy chocolate that is super easy and fun to create. It’s a Valentine’s miracle!
This recipe calls for only a few ingredients, cocoa powder, coconut oil and honey. Cocoa powder is super high in antioxidants, full of magnesium and contains vitamins E and B. Coconut oil is known to boost thyroid function which can help increase your metabolism, energy and endurance. And whether you go with honey, agave or maple syrup, they are all much healthier options than refined sugars.
Be My Healthy Valentine Chocolate
- ½ cup Virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup Raw cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp. Raw honey (or agave/maple syrup)
- Optional: Sea salt, dried coconut, chili powder
Over low heat, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add honey and whisk together. Add the cocoa powder and mix until ingredients are combined. Pour the chocolate goodness into a heart-shaped ice cube tray. Sprinkle over of the optional ingredients and mix with a toothpick. Place in fridge and cool for 30 minutes.
Happy Valentine’s, chocolate lovers, enjoy every bite!
By Susanne Mueller
Susanne lives in Vancouver, Canada where she teaches yoga, develops corporate wellness programs, leads nutrition workshops and works with clients towards better health. Susanne’s approach to Yoga and Holistic Nutrition is to connect people back to their natural selves. When we bring awareness and listen to that piece of who we are, we naturally eat, live and act in ways that support ourselves and each other.
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