Healthy Homemade Dark Chocolate
Did you know you could easily make your own healthy homemade dark chocolate using only four ingredients?
You totally can, and it’s simple and doesn’t require any select kitchen appliances. All you need are four essential ingredients and your stove-top. When you get used to making healthy homemade dark chocolate, you can customize it. Add your favorite nut, fruit, or seed toppings and nut butter fillings.
Experts say eating dark chocolate may help reduce the risk of inflammation in the body, and chocolate with 70–85 percent cocoa is a good source of magnesium, zinc, and iron.
I’m not talking about milk chocolate candies like M&M’s, Snickers or Reese’s. All of which can have 26 grams of sugar or more, and exceeds the recommended daily sugar intake for women. That, plus a host of other ingredients like vegetable oils, artificial flavors, and colors. The chocolate I’m talking about is pure, dark, and is low in sugar and has minimally processed ingredients.
You want to eat healthy dark chocolate that contains 70% or more cacao.
That’s how much raw cacao is in the chocolate that provides nutritional benefits. So the next time you hear someone say chocolate is right for you, you’ll know what type of chocolate to look for and not the commercial brands that you see in party size at stores during the holidays.
I love a good piece of chocolate like anyone else, and now you can make your own without questioning whether or not it’s right for you. Enjoy and share how you made your chocolate.
Healthy Dark Chocolate [Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cups]
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 3/4 cup cocoa butter or coconut oil cocoa butter comes in a solid-state
- 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup (or more) maple syrup for a vegan recipe
- 1 pinch sea salt to taste
- 4 tablespoons organic peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons ginger pumpkin spice
- Add the cocoa butter or coconut oil to a small saucepan and warm on low until it is melted. Remove from heat.
- Add the cacao powder to the melted cocoa butter and whisk together until it's completely dissolved. Add 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin spice to the chocolate and mix well.
- Mix in the honey and whisk or stir until the honey is completely melted in.
- Fill 6 reusable cupcake liners or foil cupcake liner with 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate mixture.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes, or freeze for 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, add the peanut butter, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, and maple syrup. Mix until blended and creamy.
- Remove the chocolate cups from the fridge/freezer and add 1-3 teaspoons of the peanut butter filling on top of the hardened chocolate, spread it in the center.
- Next, top each of the peanut butter cups with 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate. This should cover the peanut butter filling, if not, first cover all six cups then go back and cover the ones that could use a little more chocolate.
- Repeat step 5!
- Once the chocolate is set you can remove the liner and enjoy.
- Store in the refrigerator or a cool place.
Hi, I'm Melissa
Holistic Health Coach
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