Wednesday, January 7, 2015



We have been making chocolate and have been  sweetly surprised how easy and delicious making your own chocolate can be.   We mold the chocolate for bite size pieces in a chocolate mold (link is below), pour nut clusters onto wax paper  and make peanut butter cups in mini muffin liners. This recipe is so easy and fabulous tasting you will never go back to main-stream chocolate.
A good place to start......
Chocolate 101
Coconut Oil (I use Tropical Traditions or Premier, but your choice)
Maple Syrup (I use organic)
Cacao powder (cocoa powder), I use Valrhona 
Vanilla Extract (I use homemade)
Sea Salt


Very Gently melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil (crucial). I barely warm the pan then move it on and off heat.  

Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and whisk into oil

Add add 2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup or your preference.

At this stage you may add.

A dash of sea salt
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Roasted nuts, fillings, essential oil such as peppermint, coffee, toasted coconut; then pour onto parchment paper, mini muffin liners, or in the silicone mold shown above.

Put into the refrigerator until set, enjoy and store inside the refrigerator.

Point to stress:
Do not allow even a drop of water in your recipe.
This is why I do not use a double boiler.
If chocolate thickens you may for a second at a time apply heat. CAUTION
If you overheat it will separate (seize) and be unattractive (we want beautiful).

So many wonderful things to do with this recipe such as put chocolate in a mug and add steamed milk for hot chocolate.

You can double this recipe.
This recipe fills about half of the chocolate mold.  I try to make smaller amount at time because I will eat the whole thing. ;)

Recipe for Healthy Chocolate
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla or more to taste

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