We all know how dark chocolate, the kind that is 70 percent cocoa or more, is so good for the health. However, it can also be several times more expensive than milk chocolate, which is deemed as its evil counterpart.
Looking for a way to scrimp on cash without turning your back on dark chocolate and the many health benefits it offers? Then read on to know how you can make this luxurious treat from scratch!
Yes, you can actually whip up dark chocolate in your own kitchen using ingredients that you can easily purchase from the local baking supplies store. Actually, you may already have all of the necessary ingredients in your kitchen right this instant if you’re the kind of person who likes to create saccharine masterpieces regularly.
What’s so nice about making your own dark chocolate is you can save a lot of cash — we are all aware of how pricey dark chocolate can be, especially the kind that carries a popular brand name.
By getting your hands on a few ingredients, you can regularly enjoy dark chocolate and the many perks that it brings but without ending up with an enormous hole in your pocket. Also, homemade dark chocolate makes for some of the most memorable gifts out there, and the recipient will surely appreciate your love and effort!
Another great thing about DIY dark chocolate is you can be sure that it’s devoid of any unnecessary ingredients such as preservatives and artificial coloring. One of the reasons why a lot of people are going from milk chocolate to dark chocolate is to be as healthy as possible. But the switch means nothing if the dark chocolate being consumed contains ingredients that can easily offset the perks provided by the sumptuous treat.
So without any ingredient that you wouldn’t permit to go into your mouth, you can fully enjoy the many health benefits that every bite of dark chocolate offers, such as:
According to scientists, cocoa helps boost the levels of chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy and well. So if you are feeling down, snacking on dark chocolate can help put a smile on your face.
Improved brain functioning
Other than lifting the mood, cocoa is known to optimize the functioning of the brain because it is known to enhance the supply of oxygen- and nutrient-carrying blood to it.
Dark chocolate contains good amounts of magnesium, and this particular mineral is known to help you relax. Thanks to dark chocolate, combating stress has never been this delightful yet!
Lowered heart disease risk
There are also loads of antioxidants in dark chocolate that help protect the arteries from getting clogged up, thus keeping the heart out of harm’s way.
Excited to make your very first batch of dark chocolate that is easy on the pocket, delicious and, more importantly, super healthy? Then check out the very simple recipe below!
1 cup of cocoa powder (the kind that’s 100% pure)
1/2 cup of coconut oil
4 tablespoons of honey (preferably raw and organic)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (make sure it’s pure extract)
A pinch of finely-ground sea salt
-In a medium-sized saucepan and using low-medium heat, melt together cocoa powder, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract. Keep on whisking until all of the ingredients are combined thoroughly.
-Reach for your preferred candy bar mold and carefully start pouring the dark chocolate mix into it.
-Stash in the freezer for several minutes until hard.
-Remove from the mold and serve or transfer to an airtight container and stash in the fridge for later.
That’s how simple it is to make healthy dark chocolate from scratch! Come back and share your experience with your DIY goodies in the comments section below. And also, kindly have this super easy dark chocolate recipe reposted on your various social media sites to let your family and friends try making their own treats, too!