Who needs store-bought chocolate when you can make your own? Homemade chocolate bars made with 3 ingredients.
Chances are, you are a chocolate lover too (who isn’t?). Therefore, I have a special recipe for you that will quickly become a sweet-tooth-satisfying staple in your household and it only requires three ingredients: cocoa, coconut oil and honey.
Everyone could use a little more chocolate in their life.
Coconut oil really is a miracle oil with a multitude of uses. I use it for cooking but I also have a jar sitting on my nightstand to use as a moisturizer. In this recipe, coconut oil plays an especially important role. It is important to note that 75 °F, coconut oil is a liquid but anything below that, it turns into a solid. Therefore, this property makes it a perfect fat to use in this recipe as we turn our liquid cocoa mixture into bar form.
Chocolate is essentially cocoa, a fat source, and sugar for sweetness. However, many store-bought chocolates are filled with preservatives and additives. When you take the essential components of a chocolate bar and source the most nutritionally friendly form of each, you get this recipe!
Cocoa: Cocoa powder comes from cocoa beans which are then processed into chocolate liquor. Once most of the fat is removed the remaining paste is dried and powdered. The powder provides fiber, protein and antioxidants that fight against free radicals to combat the aging process.
Coconut Oil:Coconut oil is known for its medium chain fatty acids. These unique fats are metabolized quickly like carbohydrates by bypassing the liver during digestion. Preliminary research shows it may be linked to brain health and improved immunity.
Honey: The NIH touts honey’s antimicrobial properties. I prefer it as a nutritive-providing sweeter as opposed to refined sugar containing small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols.
- 8 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- Honey to taste
- Combine mixture in a bowl, pour onto a flat pan lined with waxed paper and freeze until solid (typically a couple of hours.)