Chocolate is well known for chemically creating feelings of love in whoever eats it. My chocolates are designed to make you feel warm, happy, relaxed and provide a healthy energy kick, boosting your immune system and your mood during on these cold short days.
Because of it’s digestive properties, If you eat a small piece of my chocolate 20 minute before a meal, it will allow you to enjoy the full nutritional benefit of whatever you eat! Bleow is a rundown of the ingredients, and my recipe for the best homemade chocolate you’ll ever eat!
Raw Organic Cacao:
Unlike processed dark chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. Benefits from keeping organic chocolate unheated include; much higher levels of the famous chocolate antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin) as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love!), Omega 6 fatty acids (which when heated become rancid and cause inflammation), tryptophan (a commonly deficient amino acid in those who consume a diet of mostly cooked food) and serotonin.
Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system.
Virgin Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil:
Studies have show that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus, and candida.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar, for coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Organic Maple Syrup:
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island found that maple syrup is filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that may help prevent several chronic and inflammatory diseases like diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also comes packed with phenolics — the beneficial antioxidant compounds in maple syrup — that may help diabetics keep their blood sugar levels balanced.
It settles digestion issues. Try swapping out sugar in baked-good recipes for maple syrup, and you may find that the usual gas and bloating you normally experience after consuming processed sweeteners is no longer an issue.
It helps with muscle recovery. Real maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese, which helps repair muscle and cell damage; it also keeps bones strong and blood sugar levels normal.
It is filled with important nutrients. Maple syrup contains essential nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, and potassium. Zinc not only supports reproductive health, but it also helps to keep your white blood cells up, which assist in the protection against colds and viruses.
Organic Madagascar Cinnamon:
Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long revered cinnamon as a superpower used to treat things such as colds, indigestion and cramps and also believed to improve energy, vitality and circulation. The following are ten health benefits associated with this beloved spice that studies have suggested:
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
- Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
- Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that Candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
- Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
- Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
- Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
- When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
- Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
- Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!
Organic Vanilla Extract:
Vanilla reduces anxiety. Vanilla became popular in 17th-century Europe for its sedation properties. Vanilla is an aromatic spice that benefits the nervous system, according to the UCLA Medicinal Spices Exhibit. As far back as the time of the Aztecs, vanilla has also been thought to possess powerful aphrodisiac properties. In 1762, German researchers reported that consuming vanilla helped impotent men restore their sexual function.
OTHER INGREDIENTS: I also add a dash of salt for an interesting flavor and “purification of the heart.” That’s my little dose of folk magic. Salt is typically added to healing brews and love potions to make them more potent.
1 cup – raw cacao powder (sifted)
3/4 cup – unrefined organic coconut oil
3/4 cup – organic maple syrup
1/2 tsp. – organic vanilla extract
sprinkle of kosher/sea salt (optional)
- Melt coconut oil. You can do this in a double boiler or using a smaller bowl inside a larger bowl of hot water (don’t get water in your oil!). Or if you want to do it quick, stick it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
- Mix coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract (in that order) with a spatula or wooden spoon. Stir until totally blended. It will be a thin brownie mix type consistency.
- Spread chocolate mixture thinly (1/4 inch thick) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or natural wax paper.
- Sprinkle cinnamon liberally over the top of your wet chocolate. Add a dash of salt if desired.
- Put chocolate in the fridge for an hour or two, or if you want it fast, put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Break chocolate into pieces and enjoy!
Keep refrigerated. Chocolate will melt in temperatures above 76 degrees!