Coconut oil chocolates
This is another delicious recipe that I found on the Peaceful Hippie Facebook page. It is quick and easy to make and a nutritious dairy-free chocolatey treat.
Here are some health benefits of dark chocolate (From University of Michigan Integrative Medicine):
- Contains flavonoids called procyanidins & epicatechins; flavonoids are part of a group of antioxidants known as polyphenols and are found in a variety of foods including dark chocolate, tea, red wine, and various fruits and vegetables
- Decreases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol oxidation
- Reduces the risk of blood clots
- Increases blood flow in arteries and the heart
- May lower high blood pressure
- Cocoa may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels because it consists mainly of stearic acid and oleic acid. Stearic acid is a saturated fat, but unlike most saturated fatty acids, it does not raise blood cholesterol levels. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, does not raise cholesterol and may even reduce it.
- May improve mood and pleasure by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain
- Regular intake is associated with better cognitive performance in the elderly
- Contains a number of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Here are some health benefits of coconut oil (From Coconutoil.com):
- Helps to boost metabolism and raises body temperature to promote thyroid health.
- In combination with a low carbohydrate diet, it may contribute to weight loss.
- May be beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.
- Helpful for a variety of skin conditions (when used topically)
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
- 2 cups extra virgin organic coconut oil
- 1 cup raw, unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
- Whip coconut oil until fluffy (2-3 minutes)
- Add cocoa powder and maple syrup and continue to whip unit completely combined (about 1 minute, scrape sides as needed).
- Add chopped walnuts and mix to combine.
- Pour into chocolate moulds (I used silicon ice cube trays).
- Refrigerate (and store in the fridge).
With love and light