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The Something Chocolate Recipe

In the mood for something chocolate? Often when that chocolate craving strikes, we go for the first satisfyer we see, whether it’s a coffee shop muffin, chocolate granola bar, or supermarket cookie. Why not prepare a more mindful chocolate treat? Now you can with less processing, more variety, and more of that homemade touch.

This recipe will give you diverse options to satisfy your next chocolate craving, and many of the ingredients are likely already in your home. For your base, all you need is a dark chocolate bar and some coconut oil — and you can use an abundance of ingredients for your chocolate’s delicious center.

When you look for your chocolate bar, choose one with the fewest ingredients and at least 70% cocoa for the most health benefits. When you read the nutrition label you’ll see it has a sizeable amount of natural protein and fiber. It will also have high levels of magnesium.

Depending on your mood, you can choose any number of delicious fillings for your homemade chocolate. Pictured here are cacao nibs, orange zest, almonds, and fresh strawberries. Other healthy-yet-satisfying fillings you can try include lemon-zest, blueberries, cherries, banana, cashews, hazelnuts, or nut butters, like peanut butter. Be creative!

With this recipe you can have your chocolates ready in 15 minutes or less. If you want to opt-out of the coconut oil, omit it from the recipe and expect to wait a little longer for your chocolates to harden. Because coconut oil becomes solid in cooler temperatures very quickly, it helps your chocolates become ready to eat faster.

Ingredients:

  • Dark chocolate bar
  • Coconut oil
  • One or several different fillings
  • A silicon mold with different shapes can make your chocolates look more festive.

Recipe:

  1. Put one or two teaspoons of coconut oil in a small pan on low heat. Within a few moments it will melt.
  2. Break up your chocolate bar into small pieces and add it into the pan. Stir with a small spoon so it mixes with the coconut oil and watch it so it doesn’t burn. This will only take several minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the stove and set your silicon mold on the countertop. Fill one third of each mold with the melted chocolate by carefully using a small spoon.
  4. Place your chosen filling, or a variety of fillings, into the chocolate molds on top of the melted chocolate — and make sure there is enough space to pour more melted chocolate to fill the rest of each mold, covering the filling.
  5. Pour the rest of the melted chocolate to completely fill the molds.
  6. Carefully rest the silicon mold on a flat surface in your freezer.
  7. Chocolates will be ready to remove and eat after 15 minutes. If you want to eat your chocolates over a longer period of time, keep them in the freezer within the mold and take one whenever you want a chocolate treat.

Still Hungry? Find more recipes here.

 

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