I never used to have a sweet tooth before I had the kids and all of a sudden I got this sweet tooth. Over a decade on it’s not left me and I still like to indulge with a piece (cough cough ) a bar or two on occasion but I find that after eating the chocolate I felt like a crash and when looking at the ingredients I realised it was just not good for me to be putting these commercialised chocolates in my body so I found a lovely recipe and tweaked it with salted caramel and the cutest little gingerbread man moulds.
This recipe takes just a few ingredients. Melt over the stove, pour into molds, and … da daaa! , healthy organic chocolates.
Why Homemade Chocolate is the Best?
Dr Mark Hymen explains the reasons why chocolate can be beneficial to our health and especially for womens health as it contains magnesium (yes, chocolate contains magnesium) or for the feel-good serotonin and dopamine release that helps mood and sleep too. No wander we get cravings for it.
BUT not all chocolate is created equal and most store-bought chocolate brands contain a lot more than cocoa powder. High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, soy leitchen, artificial flavoring, and carragen make the list of questionable ingredients in many commercial brands. Not to mention the high sugar content, which is a problem just on its own … just 1/3 of a Cadbury chocolate bar contains 22 grams of sugar.
We could always opt for quality brands of organic chocolate with less dairy and sugar which means we can get some of the benefits of chocolate without impacting our figures and our health, but these options are often pricey. So the alternative is to Stock up on the few ingredients needed to make our own yummy chocolate instead (as well as a few silicone candy molds to make fun shapes) my daughter and I have played around with a few recipes and decided on the mint and salted caramel
Simple Homemade Chocolate Recipe
In search of a gut health friendly (organic paleo, pegan etc.) healthy chocolate I knew the only thing I could do is make my own. This homemade version is healthy and delicious, and you can completely avoid the artificial ingredients.
To make the chocolate at home basically melt cocoa butter, cocoa powder or I chose to use organic carob powder which is a healthier alternative to cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla essence using a double boiler (or heat-safe bowl set over a pan containing a few inches of water), pour into molds, and wait for it to set. cocoa butter is the only ingredient that you may struggle to get hold of but these brillent companies I found make it easy for us
I used these cute gingerbread man moulds to make our bite-size chocolates (great gift idea!) I even purchased some plain boxes too and gifted them to family over the holidays. There are so many options for moulds even real chocolate bar shape moulds and I found a place that does your own logo too
- 1 cup cocoa butter
- 1 cup cocoa powder or carob powder
- ½ cup honey or to taste using half this amount or less will make it bitter sweet
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or other flavors to taste
- Almonds chopped and toasted (optional)
- Salted caramel or mint extract optional
- There are many other optional flavours too which can be organic or artificial but it’s your choice the organic ones are quite pricey
What to do
- In a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with an inch of water in the bottom, melt cocoa butter over medium heat. Make sure that the water isn’t touching the bowl.
- When the cocoa butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, vanilla, and other flavor extracts stir with a small wisk
- Allow it to cool slightly. When it has cooled enough to thicken to the same thickness of the honey you are using, stir in the honey. If using a solid raw honey, melt with the cocoa butter.
- Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth and runny. At this point, make sure that no water or liquid gets in to the chocolate as it can cause the texture to get lumpy.
- Pour the chocolate into molds of choice
- Let harden for several hours in the fridge until hardened and remove from molds. These chocolates will store for over a week at room temperature or can be kept refrigerated for longer. They can also be frozen.
- Have fun !!