Dark Chocolate

IMG_5048Chocolate.  What else can I say about it, other than that it’s amazing.  And just a little bit addictive.  Finding gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate that’s not mixed in with a bunch of strange ingredients is pretty challenging, so here’s an easy way to make your own dark chocolate.

Cocoa is rich in antioxidants and is even healthy for your heart, especially when it’s made into sugar-free chocolate!

As you can imagine, the chocolate industry is huge.  It started out as cocoa nibs, but then expanded into chocolate bars, and today many chocolate companies are involved in some not-so-great labour processes.  As I do more research into how chocolate is made, I’m starting to get to know some fair trade brands.  When I have more information on that, I’ll be sure to post it in here!

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Ingredients
8oz unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 cup xylitol, powdered in a food processor
optional:
nuts
coconut
1/4 cup almond milk
3 tbsp coconut oil or cacao butter
1 tsp sugar-free flavour extract

 

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1.  In a double boiler, heat chocolate over medium heat until mostly melted.

2.  Add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, xylitol and optional ingredients.  Mix well.

*If you have added almond milk, the mixture will stiffen and “dry up.”  When this happens, turn off the heat.

3.  Spread into a container and refrigerate for about an hour.

4.  Chop into chocolate chips or squares.

Try not to eat it all in one go!

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