I think chocolate makes the world a better place. Sounds cheesy but dark chocolate seriously makes me happy, if only for that moment..and I know I’m not alone, right?!
But if I ate your standard chocolate bars from the store or even the healthier versions sweetened with honey, maple syrup or other natural sweetener, I would probably gain some unwelcome weight so I decided to make a sugar-free version, which means I can indulge a little more frequently. 😉
This is also a great way to get some healthy coconut oil into my diet without actually taking spoonfuls of it, which I’m not a fan of.
1 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 t liquid stevia (tip: start with 1/4 t and slowly increase based on your preference, I find the perfect amount varies based on the brand)
1 T xylitol (optional, but I find xylitol reduces that bitterness that most people don’t like about stevia)
1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
Sprinkles of maldon sea salt Flakes or himalayan pink salt
2 T nut or seed butter of choice (optional)
1/4 cup raw hemp hearts (optional)
1 t cinnamon (optional)
1 t vanilla (optional)
Combine all ingredients, except salt, and pour into silicone mold of choice or for chocolate bars, pour into a cookie sheet or cake pan. Sprinkle with salt once the mixture is in your container of choice.
Place in the freezer for 30 minutes and when ready to eat, pop them out of their molds or cut into chocolate bars.
A couple notes:
The nut/seed butter is optional but if you want your chocolate a little softer and a tad more fudge-like, I would encourage you to add this. If you’re looking for more of a chocolate fudge, check out this recipe.
The cinnamon and vanilla is optional but I love the depth of flavors these add to the chocolates so I always add them.
And if you’re completely against all alternative sweeteners, just add 1/4 honey or maple syrup instead of stevia and xylitol.
You can store these in the refrigerator but if you like your chocolate really hard, store in the freezer. Final thing to take note: coconut oil melts really quickly so these chocolates will always leave some remnants on your fingers. But who cares, right? They’re worth it. But that means they also don’t travel well so unless you live in Alaska or you’re keeping these on ice in a cooler, I wouldn’t plan these for your next picnic. 😉
Served with love,
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