Chocolate is one of the most traded commodities on earth. No surprise there, as chocolate in all its forms is not only a worldwide favourite, it has become a staple in many people’s lives, because not only does chocolate taste good, it actually makes us feel good.
The health benefits of chocolate have constantly been promoted. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that the type of chocolate that’s good for us is the rich, high quality kind with minimal sugar content and over 85% cocoa content. In short, much as we would like to believe it, commercially-produced chocolate is not actually very beneficial for us. And much as most of us would want to, high-end chocolate which is healthier is much more expensive.
The quick and easy solution then is to make your own chocolate. Not only do you get to benefit from the good things about chocolate, you’ll also be able to control what goes into your chocolate and experiment with flavours to your heart’s content. You can check local natural foods or specialty food stores if you don’t find the ingredients at a grocery or supermarket.
Homemade Low-Fat Chocolate
In chocolate-making, there is no “set in stone” process or ingredients. Taste as you go, add and subtract amounts or ingredients accordingly and go for as many variations as you want to until you find what suits you best. This is one of the best things about chocolate, so take advantage of it and be your own critic!
- 75 ml virgin coconut oil
- 75 g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 75 g cocoa butter
- 20-30 ml agave syrup (can substitute honey, stevia, raw cane sugar or muscovado)
- a pinch of salt
- 2-3 drops vanilla extract
- a pinch of cayenne/chilli powder
- chopped dried raisins or berries
- whole, chopped or ground nuts or seeds
- green tea extract
- fresh mint
- Grate the cocoa butter in a small, heat-proof bowl.
- Add the virgin coconut oil in.
- Fill a shallow pan with 2-3cm hot water.
- Place the bowl inside the pan. Stir the cocoa butter and oil together until smooth.
- In a separate container, mix the cocoa powder and salt together with any other powdered ingredients.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the cocoa butter mixture. Stir until smooth.
- If using liquid sweeteners, add them in and continue mixing.
- Add any optional ingredients like nuts or berries in and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the chocolate mixture evenly into a mould/ice cube tray/pan.
- Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Remove from moulds, serve and enjoy!