Dark Decadent Chocolate (that’s awesomely healthy!)

hearts2Healthy. Easy. Delicious.

Courtesy of my mother-in-law, this chocolate is dark and decadent. It tastes expensive, but is cheaper than any box of chocolates.

It’s mighty serendipitous that this tasty confection came just in time for Valentines Day as we are still trying to repent of our holiday gluttony.

You only need three ingredients:

Cocoa Powder, Coconut Oil, Maple Syrup

heartsPut ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until melted. Pour into bowl (glass or metal). Freeze for an hour of so. Done. No candy thermometers or complicated instructions.

Break up chocolate and eat.

I wanted heart molds for Valentine’s so I bought this one from Amazon. It worked beautifully. The candy pops out and the silicone is easy to clean – even dishwasher safe. I’m already dreaming of all the other little molds I must make..bunnies, groundhogs, four-leaf clovers, chickens…oh dear.

hearts4This chocolate is so dark (a major heart healthy benefit) that at first Paige (age 7) didn’t like it as much as the sugary Hershey’s, but I tell you, she’s come around. “Mmm, mom, can I have another one, please, please, please?”

For quality nutrition, the cocoa should be at least 65% cocoa. Most chocolate is very low in cocoa. This recipe also has coconut oil (a healthy fat that is easily used for energy) and maple syrup. Maple syrup is obviously a sugar, but pure maple has some health benefits. In addition, as the baker, you can control the amount used.

The first time I made this chocolate I didn’t add enough syrup and it was just too bitter. So I lazily poured a drop into the individual molds after the chocolate and coconut oil was in. Don’t do that. You’ll end up with this:hearts5The darlings didn’t mind. “Mmmm, it’s chocolate filled with maple syrup!”

Excited? Oh boy, I am!

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Homemade Dark Chocolate:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Cocoa Powder (high quality)
  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Pure Maple Syrup (use less or more depending on taste)

Directions:

Heat Cocoa Powder, Coconut Oil, and Maple Syrup on stove over medium heat until combined. Stir constantly. Taste (but be careful – it’s hot!) for sweetness factor. Pour into glass or metal bowl. Freeze. For molds: first pour melted chocolate into liquid measuring cup, then into molds. Freeze.  Done. Eat!

Helpful hint: Put the molds onto a baking sheet before you pour chocolate into it. Trying to move it later with hot liquid chocolate…is a disaster.

Recipe made 28 cute little valentine hearts.

In case your interested in the products I used:

Cocoa Powder from Sunfood or Trader Joe’s, Organic Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s, Pure Maple Syrup from Tucker Mountain Maple, Valentine Mold from Amazon.

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Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Dark Decadent Chocolate (that’s awesomely healthy!)

  1. Alana Eaton

    I can’t wait to try this, Amy. We love dark chocolate, and this would be a nice, inexpensive way to get our fix. Thanks for all the great recipes.

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