Sharing My Secret: Make Your Own Coconut Oil Chocolate

Make it special: Add fruit and nuts to your chocolate. (Image: flickr_stevedepolo_cc)
Make it special: Add fruit and nuts to your chocolate. (Image: flickr_stevedepolo_cc)

This recipe is super easy, super quick, and only involves 3 magic ingredients. You are about to learn how to make your own chocolate at home with coconut oil, cacao powder, and maple syrup.

My sister recently gave me this recipe. She knows I’ve been into finding new ways to get more coconut oil into my diet.

Coconut oil is great for health. Contrary to old beliefs, saturated fat has now been given the green flag. In fact, medium-chain fatty acids in saturated fat go straight to the liver to be burned off quickly as a clean-burning fuel. The ketone effect of medium-chain fatty acids also has a therapeutic effect on the brain, such as in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Coconut fat in the diet does the opposite of what you assume — it actually assists you to lose weight around the abdominals, as it makes you feel satisfied for longer and boosts your metabolism. This is truly a case of having your cake and eating it too!

 Homemade coconut chocolate is a great way to reap the benefits of cacao and coconut oil in one chocolaty hit!

  1. First, melt 1/2 cup coconut oil in a small saucepan until liquid. Turn off heat.
  2. Add 2/3 cup of cacao powder (or cocoa powder) to liquid and stir.
  3. Add 1-2 tbsp of genuine maple syrup to the liquid and mix well.
  4. Pour melted liquid into small molds. Place in the fridge to cool for several hours.

You can experiment in new ways to jazz up your chocolate. Why not try:

  • Chili chocolate: add 1/4 tsp of chili flakes to liquid and mix well.
  • Fruit and nut: add 1/4 cup of slivered almonds and sultanas to chocolate before it sets.
  • Coconut rough: sprinkle desiccated coconut over your chocolate before it sets.
  • Salt-surprise chocolate: sprinkle Himalayan pink or Celtic sea salt sparingly onto the chocolate before it sets. This unexpected contrast of salty and sweet is truly unique — but it works!

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