Sunday, April 21, 2013

Simply Good Healthy Chocolate Bars

But first... let's talk about the primary secret ingredient in these healthy chocolate bars... coconut oil. Now in this recipe, all ingredients have great health properties but to discuss those would be to write a book. So coconut oil it is for today.
There are countless benefits to the coconut oil in these healthy chocolate bars.
And if you know me at all you know that I am a huge fan and proponent of its use in everyday life. And here are a few of the top reasons why...
Weight Loss
Coconut oil is very useful in achieving weight loss goals. The fatty acids in these decadently healthy chocolate bars actually help to take off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and actually improves the function of the thyroid... a common overweight condition. But that is not all... coconut oil increases the metabolism and removes stress on the pancreas which helps burn more energy... i.e. more calories.
Have you heard me say this before? Digestion is the heart of your health. Think about that. How does your body get the fuel it needs to function? Through the digestion of these healthy chocolate bars and all the other nutritious goodies you consume. Using coconut oil improves the digestive processes and that prevents various stomach problems including irritable bowel syndrome. It has anti microbial properties which also help in dealing with indigestion. And to top it off coconut oil also helps in absorption of essential nutrients.
Our key ingredient in these healthy chocolate bars strengthens the immune system effectively increasing the healing of viruses and bacterial diseases such as herpes, influenza and even HIV.
I'll stop there for now but I could write a novel on the health benefits of coconut oil. For now though, who is ready for some simply good healthy chocolate bars? I am... hehe So, with these top health benefits in mind, here is the super easy recipe to a super delicious and very nutritious treat! Notice I said treat... not dinner. Just saying!
3/4 cup pure coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup raw honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/8 tsp. sea salt
You could also replace the chili powder and cayenne in these healthy chocolate bars with lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil, orange extract. Each of these ingredients has unique and powerful health properties. You could also add dried blueberries or top with course sea salt.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk well until the chocolate is smooth. You want to get rid of as many of the clumps from the coconut oil as possible.
Spread out over a parchment lined cookie sheet and chill in the fridge or freezer overnight.
Cut and enjoy.
12 servings
Sound good? Let me know when you make these healthy chocolate bars. And please do enjoy a treat knowing that this one incredible ingredient alone (the others equally packed with benefits) makes this a treat you can enjoy in confidence for more than just momentary taste bud pleasure but also your health.