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Chocolate... OR Super-easy-can't-eat-dairy-or-refined-sugars-but-that's-okay-because-I-can-eat-this Kind of Chocolate :)
Okay, so if you can eat a chocolate bar without the horrifying after effects, please do. It's easier and can satisfy a sweet-tooth in no time.
However, if you can't. Try this.
It's pretty easy, I think, and gives you a just-as-satisfying wish-you-had-more-oh-wait-you-do feeling because you made it yourself and you made more than a single serving in one go. :)
It does require coconut oil though, which, yes, seems pricy. Okay, it is pricy. But if you used as much as I do, and for things I use it for, you would forget its priciness. You'd consider it a staple. It honestly is my cooking oil, my butter/margarine/shortening replacer, my baby's bum cream, my skin moisturizer, my skin exfoliant (mixed with granulated coconut sugar)... and the list goes on. It's pretty awesome stuff.
I use honey in mine. You could sure you another liquid sweetener... maybe a granulated one as well, I'm just a honey-lover at heart. It's much sweeter, which I'm going to admit is what I love about it. Sorry folks who aren't about the super sweetness. But hey, you wouldn't be looking for chocolate recipe anyway.
Also, as a newbie vegan chef-wannabe, I've come to learn that really, most or ALL raw or vegan or super easy dairy/sugar-free styles of cooking use all the same ingredients, for everything, haha, rarely measuring, and really just going off of taste. So, in a great way of being efficient and super easy, this recipe is the same recipe I use to make chocolate sauce/ganache. It will harden in colder temps (i.e.: the chocolate) and soften/melt in warmer temps (i.e.: the sauce). Wonderful, ain't it?
So, here's my go-to chocolate recipe. Whips up in a few minutes. Then, just freeze and eat as the cravings hit you. Or melt 30 sec in the microwave for chocolate sauce. Soon going to eat a piece as soon as I finish this post.
Total Time: 5 minutes prep + 30+ minutes in the freezer or fridge
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch sea salt
What to do:
1) Melt all ingredients together over medium heat, or for added convenience, in a jar for 30 seconds or so in the microwave! Use a fork or whisk (I'm going to be honest here and admit I totally had to google what that thing is called in the real world... "Whisk") and whisk it together, or just put the cap on the jar and shake.
2) If the coconut keeps separating from the honey/chocolate, place it in the fridge for a little bit to cool it down. Then try mixing again. Or, you can add a bit more honey, which sometimes help to keep it together.
3) For hard chocolate: Pour mixture in a parchment-lined brownie pan, smooth to flat, and place in freezer for 30+ minutes.
4) OR for chocolate sauce: Keep in a jar. Use immediately, or store in refrigerator and heat for 30 seconds and shake well.
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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