When it comes to food, what's your biggest weakness? If you're anything like us, then the answer is most certainly chocolate! Of course, this can be something of a dilemma for those who are changing their diet, whether you're cutting out dairy, processed sugars, or simply watching your weight. Luckily, we have the perfect solution to help you curb those chocolatey cravings, in a way that's good for both your body and the planet!
This easy vegan chocolate recipe can be made with only 3 simple ingredients, with the option to add additional flavours and textures of your choice, while being mindful to keep these healthy. Using plain cocoa powder, the recipe eliminates the added dairy found in most chocolate bars, making it a great option for vegans, as well as those who are intolerant. It also swaps refined sugar for healthier alternatives, which makes it perfect for those who are looking to reduce their intake. It manages to do all this, whilst also being a deliciously rich and tasty treat, which is ideal for those who are struggling to overcome their Christmas Cravings! There are also lots of variations of the recipe available online, allowing you to experiment and find which method suits you best!
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- 1/2 cup of plain cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of natural liquid sweetener, such as honey(not always considered vegan) or pure maple syrup
- Additions of your choice, such as chopped nuts, dried fruit/berries etc.
Step 1 - Place the coconut oil into a thick-bottomed saucepan, and heat gently on the stove until completely melted.
Step 2 - Place the coconut oil into a bowl, then add the liquid sweetener and sifted cocoa powder (to avoid lumps).
Step 3 - Whisk the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
Step 4 - Line a baking tray or square tin with parchment paper, and pour out the chocolate mixture, spreading to ensure an even finish.
Step 5 - If desired, sprinkle over your additional ingredients, or gently stir them into the mixture before pouring.
Step 6 - Place into the freezer for around 30 mins, or until hardened.
Step 7 - Using a sharp knife, cut the chocolate into pieces/chunks.
Step 8 - Refrigerate in an airtight container to keep your chocolate fresh, and to avoid melting.
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