Welcome our Guest Blogger Ann Lawton of Simple and Savory. She is sharing her divine Homemade Dark Chocolate which we cannot wait to get our hands on and lips around!
Thank you Sharon and Denise for the opportunity to be a guest blogger on BeBetsy today. I am excited to share one of my favorite things to make. . . homemade dark chocolate! Up until about a year ago, I had absolutely no clue just how amazingly simple it is to make this stuff at home.
It takes about 10 minutes, there are only a few ingredients, and a lot of health benefits. Dark chocolate is loaded with anti-oxidants and is an excellent source of magnesium.
Unlike many of the store bought candy bars which contain sugar and other additives, it is sweetened with real maple syrup. Once you take a your first bite, the deep rich chocolate flavor blanketing your taste buds will have you thinking twice about buying a candy bar again!
Here are the two main ingredients; coconut oil and cacao powder:
And then you add a little bit of sweetener:
Mix well; pour into candy molds, silicone baking molds or a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Pop in the fridge and wait about an hour.
Here Are the Details:
1 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Cup of Cacao Powder (Coco powder works too with less health benefits)
3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Honey
Melt the coconut oil on top of the stove over medium heat
Once the oil has melted, lower the heat to the lowest setting. Stir in the cacao and add the syrup. Turn the heat OFF and mix well to combine the syrup throughout the mixture.
Pour into molds or pan.
As you are pouring, stop to stir occasionally so that the syrup stays mixed in with the chocolate.
Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, and enjoy.
Try a few add ins:
Before pouring chocolate into molds, Sprinkle the pan or molds with cashews, peanuts, almonds, raisins or frozen raspberries before filling
Add 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon to chocolate mixture and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Sprinkle with toasted coconut
Store in refrigerator, it will have a soft texture at room temperature.
Anne is the founder of Simple and Savory, a food and recipe blog focusing on healthy, nutritious and delicious ~ because food has to taste good! She enjoys preparing food that is made with seasonal and local ingredients when possible, and transforming recipes into the healthiest version they can without losing flavor.
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