Delicious High Protein Chocolate
1/4 cup high quality organic, raw cacao powder. (Hold it back and add it last.)
In a bowl*, put:
5 to 6 tablespoons of organic almond butter, well mixed without any lumps –not too dry, not too oily.
2 Tablespoons of high quality, organic coconut oil*.
1 to 2 Tablespoons organic, unheated honey (to taste).
Use more honey if you want to wean your family off of commercial chocolates full of sugar.
If it is sweet enough, they will prefer this chocolate to anything you can buy, even from Switzerland!
Mix these 3 ingredients until smooth & soft & creamy. If it is easier for you, you can mix them one at a time before adding the next ingredient.
Add ¼ cup of cacao powder slowly, mixing it in little by little as you pour.
If too runny, add more cacao powder. If too hard, add more almond butter.
OPTIONAL: 1 or 2 drops of high quality mint or orange oil. (Don’t use the chemical food flavorings in the grocery store – ugh!)
*If the almond butter, coconut oil and/or honey are hard (usually in the Winter), put one heat resistant bowl inside another, larger heat resistant bowl.
Put a little boiling water in the larger bowl, then insert the slightly smaller bowl, so that the hot water comes about half-way up the side of the smaller, inside bowl.
You don’t want the hot water to overflow into your recipe. You just want it to melt your ingredients as you stir.
Then add the above ingredients into the smaller bowl & stir until they melt.
Freeze in mini-ice-cube tray (the silicon ones are healthier than the plastic), or spread out in a pan to freeze as a chocolate bar & score into pieces that will break off easily.
IF you have any left before you get to the freezer!
I find that I can’t double the recipe and get the same, smooth consistency, so I just make it up in two batches.
Why this chocolate recipe is good for you (after all, it costs 4 times as much as the junky ingredients in the grocery store):
Cacao is the highest magnesium source of food, it is a powerful antioxidant & it has some calcium & other minerals too. Excellent to end leg cramps.
Plenty of almond butter gives you a good, healthy, vegetarian protein.
High quality raw (unheated) honey is a superfood too. Besides antioxidants & a healthy (slow) glycemic index, it has B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, certain amino acids and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. As long as it hasn’t been heated, the glycemic index will be healthy (it will digest slower in your body).
Coconut oil helps to break sugar cravings. It has recently been redeemed from the “bad (saturated) oils” list & now is at the top of the list of good oils. See http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/features/cocgood.html
Nothing in this recipe to cause any guilt – every ingredient is a superfood. So eat it as a main course – guilt free!
Excellent to recommend to people who need to break sugar addictions. People crave sugar when they don’t have enough fresh fruit in their diet.
Coconut oil is excellent for people who need more healthy fats. If you crave salty food, you are probably deficient in healthy fats.
Substitute a little pure carob powder (without sugar) for some of the cacao, and you’ll get high calcium from the carob. Not everybody likes the carob taste, but a little is hardly noticeable & makes the chocolate smoother.
Good to eat with a salad, or with veggies—if you haven’t finished it all as a feast by itself.
Not good to combine at the same meal with other proteins, or with foods that have high oil content.