Happy Valentine’s Day! When I think about February 14th, I remember Valentine’s Day parties we used to have in elementary school. I remember going to town to buy a box of valentines, and I would be so excited to then sign them all and give out to all my classmates at school in the handmade brown paper bags decorated during art class. Aww, I love the memories of enjoying those holidays as a kid! My other favorite part of the party was having some chocolate!
Today my love for chocolate still continues, but now that I am a Holistic Nutrition Coach, I have learned what is good and bad for our bodies. So I have given up the store-bought brands that are full of artificial sugars and unhealthy fats and instead make my own chocolate. I wanted to share my recipe with you so you can make your own to enjoy as well! This recipe is super easy, super healthy and can be changed up to your preference. It is like a mixture of a chocolate bar and some yummy fudge.
This chocolate recipe is different from packaged chocolate in the fact that it is much lower in sugar (and uses more natural sources of sweetener rather than refined sugars), is free from preservatives, and is packed with healthy fats from the coconut oil and is full of nutrients and good-for-you real food.
This recipe is easy to make and so delicious, that you’ll want to make it all the time, but it’s also super easy to polish off an entire batch on your own if you are a chocoholic like me!
The good thing about this is it will get rid of any chocolate cravings without raising your blood sugar with a rush and then a crash a little later; the healthy fat will sustain you too.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Bar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup *You can use up to 4 Tbsp. but I used less as I like mine less sweet.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Line a small dish with parchment paper (I used a loaf pan).
In a bowl, melt the coconut oil, then whisk in cocoa, honey or maple syrup, vanilla and salt until very smooth. (If adding in nuts, etc. do that now too.)
Pour into your dish. Put in the fridge for about an hour until solid. Or you could put it into the freezer for ½ an hour.
Cut it into pieces and enjoy!
Be sure to keep it either in the fridge or freezer as it will melt if left out at room temperature. (It is best to let it melt in your mouth, not your hand – hehe!)
Add-in Options: Sometimes I mix in up to 1 cup of mixed nuts, seeds, or dried fruit, such as raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, etc.
Or, as you can see in the photo at the top of the recipe, for this batch I sprinkled a bit of unsweetened coconut on the top after it hardened slightly.
This recipe makes a small batch, so if you want to make a larger batch you can double it to share, or hide in the back of the freezer for yourself for later (I won’t judge… because I do it too!).