You can have chocolate, and its guilt free (because its home made, so you know exactly what’s in it).
If you are like me then your house is always full of chocolate and that can make it hard to resist.
I don’t know about you but I am not a really big chocoholic
(unlike a lot of my friends who find it the one thing that is hardest to resist)
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t fancy a little bit with a cuppa sometimes,.
Especially when it is all over the house at a time such as Easter and Christmas.
Healthy Chocolate is a Thing
Look them up if you haven’t already they are amazing and full of very good advice and health conscious recipes
And they have both included recipes for healthy chocolate in their respective recipe books.
I have made them both and find them both equally easy to make and delicious.
This is my take on the recipe by Eleanor Ozrich, it is easy to customise and throw in whatever you have in the cupboard to suit your own tastes.
Guilt Free Home Made Chocolate
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup runny honey (I am so lucky to have a bee keeper as a friend of my husbands – we get the most divine honey straight from the bees)
1/2 cup cacao powder
Pinch of salt
Now that pretty much is the base for the chocolate but this is where you can get creative.
I love to add peanut butter to mine (again 1/2 cup is great) or any nut butter that you have in the cupboard.
You could even stir in some crushed hazelnuts or peanuts
Keep them chunky enough that you can taste and see them to give some amazing added crunch.
Then maybe include a handful of raisins or cranberries and you have your very own bar of healthy fruit and nut.
So all you do is mix the oil and honey in a saucepan over a low heat to melt (and the peanut butter if using).
Sift in the cacao powder and add the salt and stir until it looks just like melted chocolate and you are done.
At this point you could either add your fruit and nuts or other flavourings to the mixture.
Then pour into a lined slice tin and freeze or you could sprinkle the crushed nuts and fruits over the top more like a yummy topping.
You will need to freeze it for a couple of hours
Once it’s hard break it up into bite sized pieces and store in a container in the fridge or freezer.
All you do now is eat it!!
This is yum with a hot cuppa tea or coffee to satisfy that chocolate craving
All without any of the guilty feelings afterwards.
Read about my coffee alternatives here
So you can have chocolate without feeling that you have overdone it.
(image taken from http://www.petite-kitchen.com/2013/08/the-best-nut-butter-chocolate.html)