Game Changing Chocolate

Call me Granny. It’s 8:23 and I’m in bed. This could be really bad for my social life. (ha-my social life.)

Anyway, Celine turned one! Hip Hip! We had an ‘Under the Sea’ party for her and boy, did she love it!  Initially she was a little bewildered by all of the people, lanterns, blue and yellow lights, but she eventually owned it. She took off like a plane with wings, arms out stretched at her sides, Yelling and smiling all the while (ahhhhhh!!!!). When she got to the ‘childs lounge’ area, which was basically a table covered with a fuzzy blanket and copious amounts of target pillows strewn all over the floor, she looked up at me with a smile that said, ‘this party is for ME!!!’  That moment was worth the stress, time, energy, and (not to mention) money it took to get it. (I have to admit though, I can’t wait till she looks forward to Chuckie Cheese parties).

In honor of her birthday, my mother came to town, and when my mother comes to town we COOK! We both have a serious (and sometimes unhealthy) sweet tooth, so we decided to make chocolate.

Ahhh Chocolate. David Wolfe (Renowned Health Guru) once said, once you’ve had the good stuff, you’ll never want to go back to the other stuff. Enough said. I feel that way about a lot of things.

Keep this in your freezer-Broken into a gazillion different pieces so that you can find the exact size that fits your fancy. The flavor combos are endless! You can add whatever you want. (The freedom!!!)  My mom and I split the pan. She added coconut and almonds and I added bee pollen, hemp seeds, and craisins.

Raw Chocolate, so easy and so good for you. You'll never go back to buying chocolate again.

You can also sub any sweetener you would like (agave, maple syrup, or honey). You can leave out the lucuma and maca, however these contains a plethora of bangin’ minerals such as calcium and phosphorus and add natural sweetness that won’t spike your blood sugar so if you have em-use um. It’ll make each bite that much more nutritious.

Basically, what I’m saying is, raw chocolate- in moderation – is GOOD for you. That being said, this is why.

Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

  1. High In Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  2. Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals that cause cancer
  3. Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  4. Protein and Fiber

raw chocolate, so easy and so good for you@

So… go eat your chocolate and enjoy it, slowly, peacefully, and moderately. xx

Game Changing Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons cacao butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetener of choice (agave, honey, maple syrup)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder

  • Optionally
  • 3 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • Toppings
  • 1/4 cup craisins, raisins, or goji berries
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • cayenne pepper
  • sea salt flakes

Instructions

  • 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. The size of the baking sheet only determines how thin your bark will be. Thick and thin are both tasty so use whatever you have.
  • 2.. In a double broiler or in a bowl over simmering water (the bowl does not touch the water) , melt the coconut oil and grate the cacao butter directly into the bowl. Stir until the cacao is melted (this step isn't necessary but the cacao will melt a LOT easier and faster). Add the sweeter and whisk to combine.
  • 3. Remove from the heat and sift in the cacao powder.
  • 4. Add the lucuma, maca, and sea salt if using. (You can use whichever you have, one or all.) Set aside to cool for 3 minutes.
  • 5. Meanwhile, Add half your toppings to the baking sheet.
  • 6. Pour the chocolate over the toppings on the baking sheet and top with the remaining toppings.
  • 7. Place in the freezer or refrigerator until completely set, at least 30 minutes in the freezer.
  • 8. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the freezer. (You can also store them in the refrigerator but as you open your fridge more, you'll be tempted more often to sneak a piece!)
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