Combining Coconut Oil and Cocoa Powder to Make the Ultimate in Healthy Treats
We’ve already touched on coconut oil and its amazing benefits in one of our previous posts, but today we’re going to share a yummy recipe using coconut oil with cocoa powder. Since we’re also incorporating chocolate in this post (duh), we’ll review some of its benefits, too, before we dive in.
As we mentioned in our previous posts, coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods/resources on the planet. It can be used for improving digestion, reducing inflammation, promoting weight loss, and thousands of other beauty purposes. Cocoa is another incredible resource!
In fact, a study at Harvard showed that the consumption of cocoa is associated with decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits.
So, well, we don’t mean to brag, buuuut, but by sharing this with you, we’re actually benefitting your health. Yep, that’s right. Chocolate (and coconut oil) is healthy for you. We’re sticking to that thought. Moving on …
- 3/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil (read our Coconut Oil 101 post to decide which coconut oil is right for you!)
- 3/4 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
- 3/4 cup Liquid Sweetener (e.g., honey, maple syrup, etc.)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or some natural vanilla bean scrapings)
- A pinch of salt
- Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
- Line cookie sheet or shallow baking dish with parchment paper and pour mixture over parchment.
- Place cookie sheet (or baking dish) in refrigerator for 2-4 hours, or until it has hardened.
- Once the chocolate hardens, slice into bars or break it up into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.*
*Always store your chocolate made with coconut oil in the refrigerator or freezer so it doesn’t melt! Coconut oil liquefies at 76°F.
Now that you’ve made your sweet inflammation-reducing, weight loss-promoting, cholesterol-improving treat, you can feel 100% guilt-free when you grab a piece from the fridge when you get a craving. Okay, maybe not 100% guilt-free, but … you get it.
Try it, and let us know how it goes!