Coconut Oil Chocolate

Just in Time for the Holidays – Healthy Coconut Oil Chocolate Recipe!

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means that chocolate is bound to be everywhere you go. Even the most conscientious eaters have a hard time saying no to this sinfully sweet delicacy during this (sometimes) infuriating time of year that tends to be so detrimental to the waistlines of people everywhere.

What if I told you that it doesn’t have to be this way? That you could have your proverbial ‘cake’ (in this case, chocolate), and eat it too? You can indulge this season my friend, and the secret lies in your favorite local eco store!

The key to being able to eat chocolate without the guilt that inevitably comes afterward is in making it yourself with one of the healthiest substances available, coconut oil. This fabulous oil comes packed with health benefits too numerous to name in detail here, but here are just a few of them when consumed:

* Coconut oil is a long-lasting energy source for your body without the high then crash of sugar or caffeine.

* It supports thyroid health and helps to keep hormones balanced.

* The oil helps to suppress cravings and hunger pains throughout the day, which is excellent news for dieters and binge-eaters alike.

* No one knows quite why, but people who eat coconut oil on a regular basis report a noticeable change in their moods (for the better, of course!).

* Coconut oil has natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties which are all excellent for your digestive system.

* It helps aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, so your body actually gets the nutrients you are trying to feed it.

On the other hand, regular chocolate is loaded with sugars, hydrogenated vegetable fats, artificial flavors and emulsifiers. Why put your body through all of that when you can have a healthy chocolate, made by your own hands? If you are worried that making chocolate yourself will be difficult, fear not. It is actually quite simple, and there is no baking involved! Just load up on the eco friendly products below and you will be snacking guilt-free in no time at all.

Fantastic (& Healthy!) Coconut Oil Chocolate Recipe:

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You Will Need:

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

5 TBSP finely grated coconut

3 TBSP organic honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 pinch of salt

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Simple Steps:

1 – Melt the coconut oil in a non-stick saucepan over low heat.

2 – Add the cocoa powder well using a whisk.

3 – Add the honey, vanilla extract and salt, whisk in well.

4 – Remove from heat and stir in coconut.

5 – Pour into a tray lined with wax paper or into candy molds.

6 – Refrigerate until hard, approximately one hour. Remove from molds or if on wax paper, break into pieces.

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Cook’s Variations:

* Coconut can be omitted if you like.

* Any type of nut can be stirred in or sprinkled on top.

* There are many different ways to change the flavor if you wish. Try switching the vanilla extract for orange, rum, peppermint or almond extract.

* You can also add other spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or even cayenne to change the flavor.

Enjoy this delicious recipe and make extra for your friends!

Chocolate Fountain Recipe

One of the often overlooked aspects of planning a bucks party is the food. Though you might have already began to buy alcohol and schedule entertainment, it is important to also think about what your guests will eat. Small appetizers and finger foods are a good choice so that your guests can eat while still enjoying the bucks night, and most people prefer a variety of sweet and savory treats. A good food idea for bucks night is a chocolate fondue fountain, since it is a great conversation piece and a delicious treat. Your party can dip pretzels, pieces of cake, fruit, and marshmallows into the chocolate fondue that flows through the fountain.

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If you only need a chocolate fondue fountain for this occasion, then there are many companies that will rent them at reasonable prices. There are also many affordable options if you are considering buying a fountain for repeated use. Though you can get a premixed chocolate solution for the fondue fountain, making your own chocolate fondue will allow you to customize it, and you can even spike it with a bit of Kahlua to make it a special party treat. Here is a delicious recipe for chocolate fountain that is sure to be a hit at your bucks party.

CHOCOLATE FONDUE FOUNTAIN RECIPE
servings: 20
preparation time: 0 minutes
cooking time: 4 minutes
calories: 257

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 2 12 ounce bags of chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup Kahlua coffee flavored liqueur (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. Finely chop the unsweetened chocolate squares.
2. Put the chocolate squares, the chocolate chips, and the canola oil into a large, microwave safe bowl.
3. Microwave the bowl on medium high for two minutes, stir it, then continue to alternate between microwaving for two minutes and stirring until the chocolate is melted. It should be a smooth liquid without any lumps of unmelted chocolate.
4. If you are adding the Kahlua, warm it slightly and then gently stir it into the chocolate mixture.
5. Set the fountain up on a sturdy, level table so that it does not tip over, and make sure the cord is not in an area where guests can trip over it. In order to prevent the chocolate from hardening or splattering, do not put it in an area with any cold drafts or wind.
6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl at the bottom of the fondue fountain.
7. Let the chocolate fondue fountain run for two minutes, and then turn it off for roughly 20 seconds, in order to get rid of any air gaps.
8. If the chocolate is not smoothly flowing through the fountain, add another ⅛ cup of canola oil to the chocolate mixture in the base.
9. Arrange platters of tasty treats around the fountain and provide toothpicks so guests can dip things into the chocolate.

Healthy Banana Chocolate Breakfast Bars Make Mornings Easier

 

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Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but in the rush to get the family to work and school, breakfast is often skipped or left to the drive-thru. Breakfast bars are an easy way to make breakfast ahead of time to make mornings easier. This recipe features bananas, oats and sweet chocolate chips, without any added butter, sugar or flour. They would also be great as a multigrain snack. Make these easy homemade breakfast bars to give everyone in the family the nutritious start to the day that they need.

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Cook Time: 15 minutes

 

Total Time: 45 minutes, including cooling time

 

Servings: 16

 

Ingredients:

 

For Bars:

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2 1/4 cups gluten-free oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 medium ripe bananas

2 teaspoons pure gluten-free vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup chocolate chips

 

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2 tablespoons chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

 

Instructions:

 

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a nine-inch by nine-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

 

Make oat flour by placing the oats in a food processor a blender. Pulse or blend the oats for two to three minutes or until the oatmeal resembles a finely ground flour. Stop the blender or food processor every 30 seconds to stir the oats, ensuring that all get evenly pulsed. Transfer the oat flour to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the baking powder, Chia seeds, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set the bowl to the side.

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Next, smash the bananas with a potato masher or a fork until they are smooth. Place them in a small bowl and add the vanilla, applesauce and honey. Stir until the mixture is well-combined. Add the banana mixture to the oat flour mixture. Stir just until the flour is no longer visible. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan, making sure that it is even.

 

Bake for 15 minutes or until a knife that is inserted in the center of the bars comes out clean with very few crumbs. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for ten to 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack.

 

While the bars cool, prepare the chocolate drizzle by placing two tablespoons of the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir until all of the chocolate chips are melted and the chocolate and oil are combined. Allow to cool briefly before placing the chocolate mixture in a piping bag and drizzling over the cooled bars. Cut the bars into 16 squares. Enjoy these gluten free crunchy snacks immediately or place in the refrigerator to enjoy throughout the week.

 

Note: This breakfast bars healthy recipe can be prepared in advance and then frozen. Once the bars are baked, cooled and sliced, place them in a resealable zip-top bag, pushing the air out as it is sealed. Place flat in the freezer. When ready to serve, re-heat the bars individually for 30 seconds in the microwave or until warmed through.