Surprise Your Kids With These Healthy Homemade Chocolate Recipes
It seems that chocolate is no longer considered an unhealthy choice, when you have the right recipes. Healthy homemade chocolate recipes that you see here are easy and quick and easy to make. When you stick with just a few plain and simple ingredients and substitute the sugar for local honey, the chocolate becomes a healthy dessert or treat.
We've invented some awesome healthy homemade chocolate recipes for you to try. Start with the base recipe (below) and then scroll down for variations.
Don't be surprised if you are nominated for "Mommy Of The Year" when you make these amazing Healthy Homemade Chocolate Recipes.
Be sure to use unsweetened chocolate that you buy in the baking aisle. It comes in easy-to-use baking squares.
Also, some health advisor say that honey should not be fed to infants under the age of one, so you can use a substitute if you plan to feed this to a baby.
Healthy Homemade Chocolate Recipe (Base Recipe)
4 ounces of unsweetened Baker's chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
5 tablespoons honey (or preferred sweetener like Agave Syrup or Maple Syrup)
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt (optional)
Simply melt the unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler, remove, then stir in remaining ingredients.
Now you have a base recipe for Healthy Homemade Chocolate. Check out the following interesting and delicious recipes.
If you are interested in how chocolate is good for our heart health, check out this vast study involving 21,000 men and women in England, where it was discovered that consuming chocolate lowers your chance of heart disease by 25 percent.
If you wondered about the addition of coconut oil, you are not alone. Most of the recent studies point to coconut oil as a healthy oil. Check out this interesting study that shows how coconut oil may help you burn more calories.
Honey has long been used by those preferring a natural diet. This interesting study showed that the use of local honey resulted in a 60 percent reduction in symptoms of those suffering with an allergy to birch pollen allergy.
Plain Chocolate Chunks Recipe
You can simply use the base recipe to make large or small, delicious chocolate chunks. Just pour the warm chocolate onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Spread it out a little so it covers about 8 or 9 square inches. Let chocolate cool in the freezer for about half an hour, then break into bits. The size of the bits depend on how you want to use them. You can break them into large chunks to simply eat as a snack or dessert and enjoy like you would a chocolate bar, or break into smaller chunks to use in cookies or trail mix.
Mexican Cinnamon Chocolate Chunks
Next time you have a Mexican meal, finish it off with some yummy Cinnamon Chocolate Healthy Chunks. After you've added the honey to your base recipe, add the vanilla, salt and also 1 tsp of cinnamon, mix well and pour onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Cool in the freezer for half an hour, then break into the bite sized pieces.
Chocolate Nutbar Chunks
Right after you add the honey and optional ingredients from the base recipe, stir in about 1 cup of your favorite healthy nuts into the mix and then pour onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Let cool in the freezer for half an hour, then break into chunks. Nuts you can try are almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts or pistachios. You can use a mix of nuts too.
Chocolate Coconut Mounds
After stirring all ingredients into the base recipe, add 3/4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut. Using a teaspoon to measure, drop the mounds onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and let them cool several hours or overnight.
Chocolate Dipped Fruit Recipe
Let the chocolate cool off about 5-10 minutes so that it thickens a bit. Then, use a fork to dip in your your washed and cut fruit into the chocolate mixture, then place the fruit on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. You don't have to dip the entire fruit. Sometimes is better to leave a portion uncovered to see what is beneath the yummy chocolate. The best tasting fruit to dip for chocolate dipping are strawberries, cherries, bananas and pineapple, but feel free to experiment.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oatmeal Mounds
After stirring all ingredients into the base recipe, add 1/4 cup natural unsweetened peanut butter and 1 1/2 cups oats (or steel cut oats) stir well and using a spoon, drop onto a baking sheet lined with was paper. Let cool for several hours or overnight.
Feel free to experiment with your own additives to create your own unique Healthy Homemade Chocolate Recipes. Your family will thank you.