Made With Only Four Simple Ingredients!
Are you looking for a healthy alternative to sugar-laden chocolate? If so, this homemade healthy chocolate recipe is exactly what you need!
I came up with this recipe when I was doing a three week fast from all processed sugars. Completely cutting all treats out of my diet was nearly impossible so I knew I needed to come up with an alternative for when sugar cravings hit.
Raw cacao powder, natural peanut butter, coconut oil, and a small amount of raw honey are the simple ingredients used in this recipe. I purposefully made this chocolate less sweet in an effort to cut back on my sugar intake. Simply add more honey if you want to the chocolate to be sweeter.
Chocolate lovers like me will definitely enjoy this rich, delicious chocolate.
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- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tsp raw honey
Add all ingredients into a saucepan and stir to combine.
Heat on low, stirring constantly, until the ingredients are well combined and smooth. Remove from the heat.
Pour into molds or lined mini muffin tin and place in the freezer until hardened, approximately 30 minutes.
Store in an airtight container in the freezer. The chocolate will melt at room temperature.
Benefits of Raw Cacao Powder
Raw cacao (pronounced cuh-cow) comes from cacao beans but is unprocessed so that it’s many health benefits remain intact. Cacao powder is made by cold pressing the cacao bean. Cold pressing allows the enzymes of the cacao bean to remain in their natural state. In contrast, cocoa is made by heating the beans at high temperatures which destroys all the nutrients.
The following are some the the amazing benefits are raw cacao powder.
- Higher levels of antioxidants than dark chocolate
- Packed with nutrients like iron, calcium, and magnesium
- Lowers insulin resistance and improves glucose metabolism
- Improves cardiovascular function
- Helps balance hormones
- Boosts serotonin levels which improves your mood
Cacao can be used in almost any recipe that calls for cocoa powder. Homemade Hot Chocolate and Dairy Free Coconut Mocha are a few delicious drinks that call for raw cacao powder. I also use cacao powder in place of cocoa powder in cookies, muffins, and granola bars.
This is the organic cacao powder I use and recommend.
My mom bought this Pampered Chef snack mold for me recently and it works well for making the chocolate. They come out in perfectly neat bars that look almost to good to eat. But of course that doesn’t stop me from eating them anyway! This silicone snack bar mold is a less pricey alternative that would work just as well.
Another easy way to make the chocolate in smaller portions is to use a mini muffin tin. Line the tin with mini paper baking cups first so the chocolate doesn’t stick to the pan.
I make this chocolate about once a week and grab a piece when I start craving sugar. Eating a small piece is enough to keep me from running to sugary treats. I hope you all like it just as much as I do!