Have you tried giving up chocolate and it’s been a major FAIL?
Yes well I can totally relate, I am a major sweet tooth and former chocolate addict. I tried so many times to cut it out completely but it would send me majorly crazy around the stuff, to the point where I would end up binging on an entire block. Does this sound familiar? I have great news…You don’t have to give it up!!!
I have slowly transitioned from eating the highly processed, highly addictive milk chocolates to the health food store health, dark varieties but unless you want to take out a small mortgage every time you have a craving I would advise to look at how easy it is to make your own and what I have found is it tastes better too. You can include all your favourite ingredients and make it as sweet or bitter as your taste buds like.
Why pay megabucks for organic dark chocolate when you can make your own delicious varieties to satisfy any craving in under 15 minutes?
When I realised how easy it is to make my own chocolate my addiction to it slowly faded. The reason? I only make it in small batches, as I need it which eliminates the binging on a packet until it’s gone because I can’t have it in the house. Willpower is not my strong point when it comes to chocolate. It also means I eat less of it and knowing I can whip it up in under 15 minutes when I feel like it eliminates that crazy feeling that I am missing out by not having it in the house.
We all have our vices, those foods or drinks we just can’t seem to get enough of. My top tip is find a healthy version you can make yourself and get rid of the guilt around food, as soon as you do this your relationship with that food will become normal again and you won’t crave it or feel crazy around it.
Organic cacao (not cocoa) has so many beneficial properties, it really is true that chocolate is good for you BUT the organic, dark chocolate kind. Cocao is high in magnesium which fights acid build up, relaxes muscles and is also high in iron which keeps our blood healthy. Due to the high nutrient factor it is normal that our bodies sometimes crave this, but typically if your eating the packaged, high-sugar varieties it is a craving for sugar rather than the healthy nutrients found in the cacao. Some of you may need to adjust from milk to dark chocolate, it’s a process I used to hate dark chocolate and now I love it, and when I have the milk variety I just find it so sugary. It’s super fun making your own chocolates, get creative I literally add different ingredients each time including sunflower seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, coconut, goji berries, nuts and different essential oil flavours such as peppermint. The only disclaimer I will give is when using coconut oil as the base for these they have a low melting point so I leave mine in the freezer and just eat directly out of the freezer. If you want them more solid so you can store at room temperature opt for cacao butter in place of coconut oil or try half half. It will change the taste slightly but they still taste great and because cacao butter has a higher melting temp they won’t melt in your fingers so quickly. Make sure you post your chocolate creations on instagram and Facebook and tag IN2U Health and Wellness.
IN2U HEALTHY RAW CHOCOLATES
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup cacao powder
2 tbs organic rice malt syrup (or can be replaced with raw honey)
- Melt coconut oil in a bowl if it is hard
- Add in cacao powder and rice malt syrup, mix with a fork or whisk
- Add in your optional ingredients (I choose different ingredients every time and switch between goji berries, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pepitas, cacao nibs or add essential oils 3 drops is enough such a peppermint or orange oil).
- You can either opt to pour the ingredients in moulds if you have them or lay baking paper on a dish/plate and pour ingredients over and freeze, then remove and break into pieces of chocolate bark. As pictured I use rubber cupcake moulds as I find these the perfect chocolate treat size when I need a chocolate hit.
Share your chocolate variations below in the comments and let me know how you go with making your own healthy, guilt free raw chocolates. I will also offer free health and lifestyle coaching advice in response to any of your questions, to get you started to a healthier, happier you. If you liked this recipe please share with friends and family.
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