Most people agree that a piece of good dark chocolate can lift the spirit. Cocoa, a main ingredient of chocolate, has many health benefits. Researchers in the Netherlands analyzed 15 years of diet and health data in 470 people aged 65 and older, they found that those with diets richest in cocoa were half as likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to people who consumed little or no cocoa. Cocoa has also been shown to be good for the brain, providing mental energy and better circulation. Most of the health dangers of chocolate derive from the sugar, the poor quality of fats, added dairy, and preservatives.
Making your own chocolate means you can use the highest quality organic ingredients and replace sugar with better substitutes. It's also amazingly easy to make.
The recipe calls for:
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
10 drops of liquid stevia
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
Add the first four ingredients to a mixing bowl, then add the coconut oil once it is melted and mix all ingredients together until smooth. Pour the mixture into a parchment paper lined pan (the size of a brownie pan). Then put the pan in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and cut the chocolate into squares. After cutting, keep the chocolate in the refrigerator or freezer. Ready to eat. Enjoy!