This chocolate is a little bit sweet and spicy, slightly bitter and so simple to make.
A few years ago I discovered how ridiculously easy it is to make chocolate, AND how much better it tastes. There are just three ingredients for the basic chocolate; coconut oil, cacao powder, a splash of maple syrup ~ that’s it! If you want to change it up, you can add nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit or just about anything you can imagine eating with chocolate.
Another bonus to making your own chocolate is the health benefits. Dark organic cacao, not to be confused with coco powder is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Coconut oil is super healthy, you can read about the numerous health benefit here. Maple syrup, even though it is still sugar, is a natural sweetener and is a much better choice than refined sugar.
Since I started making my own chocolate, it has been a staple in my refrigerator. In honor of Cinco DeMayo, I mixed up a batch of Mexican chocolate with cinnamon, orange zest and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Happy Cinco DeMayo!
- melt the coconut oil over medium heat
- once oil has liquefied, stir in the chocolate and turn heat off
- add the syrup and mix well
- add the cinnamon, zest, chili powder and pepper mix well
- pour intosilicone moldsor a small rimmed brownie pan
- place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden
- remove from molds or break into pieces and store in refrigerator
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