While I must say it’s been a pretty easy transition off of refined sugar to natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup (click each to read about the health benefits), the one thing I have not been able to give up is CHOCOLATE. Even though I choose the darkest chocolates with high percentages of cacao, and even though they’re organic, they still contain sugar. So, in an attempt to circumvent that minor detail yet assuage my chocolate addiction, I decided to try starting off with a 100% cacao bar– unsweetened– and sweeten it myself. Have you ever taken a bite of baker’s chocolate before? GROSS! But if I could re-write the famous song from Mary Poppins, “A spoonful of pure maple syrup makes the medicine go down” I would, because this is soooo good! I got this idea from a recipe I found on the Tropical Traditions website (my favorite coconut oil), except instead of using cocoa powder and sugar, I am substituting the unsweetened chocolate and maple syrup, and also adding some chopped sprouted almonds. What in the world are ‘sprouted almonds’ you ask? Well, they are almonds that have been soaked for at least 12 hours, after which time more enzymes are released making them more nutritious. They are also lighter to chew and easier to digest.
1. Chill a baking pan in the freezer for at least a half hour.
2. Follow the instructions for melting down the bars of chocolate in the microwave, here.
3. Once melted, stir in the coconut oil, maple syrup and chopped almonds. The 1/3 cup I’m using here makes for a very rich, dark chocolate. If you like it sweeter, adjust to taste. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and freeze for at least an hour.
Break up into pieces using the edge of a sharp knife. Enjoy!
This is kind of like making your own chocolate bar. You decide the level of sweetness, and add your favorite ingredients. What would your favorite chocolate candy bar consist of?
2 4-oz. bars of 100% unsweetened dark chocolate.
1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
1/3 cup (or more, depending on taste) pure maple syrup
1 handful ingredients of your choice.