Sunday, May 1, 2011

Love dark chocolate but you eat Paleo/Primal? No problem!

Aerial view of dark chocolate...

One of my graduate students (thank you!) gave me the link to this recipe. I made it last night and it was great, even my 12 year old daughter liked it! I like it because you can control exactly what goes into it, it takes very little time to make, and it costs way less than store bought chocolate bars. Here is the recipe (Ingredients and Directions) copied from the site with my modifications in parentheses.

Ingredients:

1/4 – 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder (I used 1/2 cup of regular, non-organic)
1/4 cup coconut milk (Native Forest Classic)
dash of Celtic Sea Salt (regular sea salt, about 1/2 turn of the grinder)
1 teaspoon organic vanilla (regular, non-organic)
Stevia  (honey) to taste (about 3/4 tbsp honey)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil on med/high to thin it out; then add cocoa, coconut milk, vanilla, salt. It will thicken when you add the coconut milk so keep it warm while you add stevia a little bit at a time. (If you are using the steviva concentrated powder, just use a little dusting at a time and keep tasting it. If you add too much it will be more bitter. You can always add a little more coconut milk if it gets too sweet.)
2. Once you are satisfied with the taste, take it off the heat and pour it into molds or spread on a small plate and freeze. Even if left at room temp if will harden because of the coconut oil. (I left it on the counter for 5 minutes, stuck it in the freezer for about 5 minutes, then stored it in the refrigerator. I poured it onto a regular dinner plate.)
3. You can add other ingredients to the chocolate before letting it set – coconut, almonds, walnuts, etc. (I made it plain - see photos)

Plate full of yum!