Today is a very special day, my valentine present to you is my chocolate recipe…this may very well be the last chocolate recipe you ever need so write this one down folks! This recipe is DEVINE CHOCOLATE BLISS and I mean who doesn’t want devine chocolate bliss ? !?
This recipe has been dubbed “The Chocolate” amongst our family and friends, Simply because once you learn this recipe, there will be no need for any other. It is that good.
And the best part is it’s healthy and simple…Now don’t let the word healthy turn you off, I know that sometimes when I’m looking for some ooey gooey goodness I don’t want “healthy” in the key words but this is more of a powerhouse chocolate, all the ingredients have, at one time or another, been deemed superfoods… just saying…
OK Let’s talk about the Ingredients , their are only 4!
Coconut oil: I generally use non virgin coconut oil, simply because the virgin stuff has a distinct coconut flavour. That being said the virgin is much better for you! So this one is entirely up to you.
Cocoa: Now the important thing here is that it is unsweetened cocoa powder, I have had the best luck with this one Camino Fair Trade Cocoa powder, but feel free to experiment!
Maple Syrup: This one is a little particular, only because not all maple syrup is created equally. For example I find the costco brand has too much water in it and is more prone to separate. I generally use something like the Canadian Heritage Maple Syrup, but again feel free to play around with different ones!
Maple Syrup has only just joined the superfood category :articles are popping up everywhere citing its greatness :0) yum
Vanilla: Lastly Vanilla.. this one is optional but I find it makes a big difference. Again no two vanillas are created the same, I get mine from mexico and it is by far the best I’ve ever tasted! It’s called Orlando – Premium Natural Vanilla but use what you like and it will turn out delicious!!
The Recipe is simple you basically use the same amount of each ingredient and can alter it based on your taste buds! This recipe is super forgiving and tastes good no matter.
For example, you could start with something like this….
- 1/4 Cup Coconut oil
- 1/4 Cup Cocoa
- 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla ( I use about 1 tsp per 1/4 cup of ingredients, so if you’re using 1/2 cup of everything you could probably use 2 tsp…. )
*now personally I prefer to add an extra table spoon or two of cocoa and take out a tablespoon or so of maple syrup, this makes it extra chocolaty and a little less sweet but start with the basics and branch out from there!
The Method is simple but it can separate if cooked too long and can be a bit grainy if undercooked either way it will still taste good, the texture just may not be perfect.
All stoves are different but basically this is it:
- Put your coconut oil in a pan on low until it melts
- Stir in your maple syrup
- Slowly mix in the cocoa
- Add in the vanilla
- Continue stirring (a spatula works best for this)
- Once the mixture parts easily its done – about 2-5 mins (gas taking less time, electric taking a bit more)
Now what do you do with it? Well the thing to keep in mind is, it has coconut oil as a base, so it will melt at room temperature. I usually cover a plate with wax paper and just pour it on the wax paper and put in the freezer, cutting off chunks here and there to satisfy my chocolate craving. An alternative is to put it in silicon chocolate moulds and than put in the freezer… this way you get fun shapes.
Another fun thing to do is to top it with things before it goes in the freezer… I like to sprinkle mine with sea salt :0) mmmm salty chocolaty goodness! You can also put dried fruit, nuts, coconut, sliced bananas or strawberries on top. There are so many options out there!
Another thing i’ll do if I want to eat it right away is as soon as its cooked, i’ll mix it with oats and drop it by spoonfuls onto wax paper, they’re kind of like healthy little power haystacks but way easier and way yummier!
Once you have this recipe you can make it into so many things!
Best ever Hot chocolate…
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- a dash of vanilla
mix it together in a saucepan on low
- add 1 cup of milk
warm it up & Voila! Or use cold milk if you want chocolate milk!
Have fun with it and let me know if you like it and what your favourite combinations are!