I crave chocolate almost nightly. Seriously, when I was a kid my candy choices were much more on the fruity side: starburst, skittles, and sour patch kids. Now? CHOCOLATE ALL DAY, BABY. Must be true our taste buds change very 8-10 years because my sugar choices have done a full 180. However, a bite of chocolate most days can actually be beneficial if it’s the dark stuff, without the excess cream and sugar added to it (I’m looking at you, milk chocolate….). Plus, with the many people these days with lactose intolerance or vegan diets, the excess milk in chocolate can cause problems.
My solution? Make your own raw, healthy chocolates!
These chocolates are so simple to make, and are richer than most bars found in any grocery store or gas station. You can customize them to make them as sweet or as non-sweet as you want.
I personally fell in love with “Mexican chocolate” (AKA dark chocolate with a little cayenne and cinnamon) when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica. We got to take a tour of a chocolate farm/factory and see the process from the first picking of the cacao bean to the finalized product (pretty freakin’ cool). Making these cayenne cinnamon chocolates is super easy, and only requires a few ingredients.
- 1 cup raw cacao butter, chopped
- 1 cup unsweetened raw cacao powder
- ~10 drops of liquid stevia, to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of cayenne powder
- dash of cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- Using a double broiler, melt chopped cacao butter.
- Mix in cacao powder, stevia, and vanilla extract and stir.
- Sprinkle with cayenne, sea salt, and cinnamon and pour into chocolate molds.
- Let harden in freezer overnight.
They are creamy, rich, full of antioxidants and magnesium, and sugar-free due to using stevia rather than white sugar. (Don’t need them to be sugar free? Add maple syrup or honey)
Cacao butter provide saturated fats, so even though these chocolates are much, much healthier than store-bought stuff doesn’t mean they are devoid of calories. 😉 Enjoy them mindfully and truly savor each bite! XO