How to make your own chocolate. It's raw, it's healthy, and it's easier than you think. | Precision Nutrition

How to make your own chocolate.
It's raw, it's healthy, and it's easier than you think.

By John Berardi, Ph.D.

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So, either you – or someone you love – loves chocolate.  That’s no surprise.  But what is surprising is that chocolate can actually be a health food.

That’s right, we’ve written extensively about the benefits associated with eating chocolate. (Especially the kind that’s high in cocoa).

Here’s a bit more about that:

However, for today, our mission is to make our own chocolate.

You see, the type of chocolate we benefit from is not the milk chocolate stuff many of us call “chocolate.”  That’s actually “candy.”

No, the type of chocolate we can benefit from is the really rich, high quality, low sugar chocolate that contains 85% or more cocoa.

But there are a few problems with this type of chocolate.

  • First, is that it’s often really hard to find.
  • Next, there’s a huge taste difference between higher and lower quality.
  • And finally, the higher quality brands are usually pretty expensive.

So, to solve these issues, Precision Nutrition community member Kaisa decided to share her favorite raw chocolate recipe.

The first step – raw cocoa

Raw chocolate is made from cocoa beans which haven’t been roasted.

You see, roasting changes the molecular structure of cocoa beans, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.

Unfortunately, commercial cocoa (and the chocolate made from it chocolate) is made from roasted cocoa beans – unless stated otherwise.

So, this recipe includes raw cocoa rather than roasted.  You’ll notice a huge difference between the two.

The ingredients

Here are the ingredients (and amounts) you need on hand to make your own raw chocolate.

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (raw)  organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup agave syrup for sweetening
    (organic honey, stevia or raw cane sugar okay too; or you don’t have to use any sweetener at all)

Now, you won’t be able to find some of these ingredients are your local grocery store.  So try calling a natural food store in your area.  And if that fails, you can order the ingredients from Sunfood.

choko_ingredients

Ideas for additions

Now, the basics above form the foundation of your recipe.

However, if you want to jazz it up a bit, here are some ideas for what you can add.

  • lucuma powder (sweetener, also makes the chocolate more milk chocolate like)
  • berry powders (blueberry and buckthorn berry in the photo)
  • purple corn powder (high antioxidants)
  • cocoa nibs
  • goji berries
  • dried berries
  • raisins
  • dates, chopped
  • crushed nuts, almonds, seeds
  • chili powder
  • maca
  • green tea extract
  • carob
  • or anything else you like!

Ok, let’s get started

Here are the steps for making your own, raw chocolate.

Step 1.

Grate 1/2 cup of the cocoa butter. It will melt easier when it’s grated. Measure also 1/2 cup of coconut oil.

Grated cocoa butter

Step 2.

Place cocoa butter and coconut oil in a water in a small, heat-safe cup or bowl. Then place the cup or bowl in a shallow pan containing a small amount of warm (not boiling, but nearly) water. Stir the oil and butter occasionally until it’s smooth.

Melting cocoa butter and coconut oil

Step 3.

Measure 1/2 cup cocoa powder.  If you’d like to add any other dry ingredients, measure them out now and stir them together with the cocoa powder.  Note: In this recipe, I used 1/4 cup lucuma powder and 1 tbsp. maca. Natural vanilla or vanilla extract would work here also.

Cocoa powder

Step 4.

Pour the dry ingredients in the bowl with melted oil and butter. Stir continuously until smooth.

Adding dry ingredients to melted butter and oil

Step 5.

If you want to sweeten your chocolate, pour 4-6 tbsp agave nectar into the mix and stir.  If not, skip this step.

Adding sweetener if desired

Step 6.

Have someone check the quality. Meaning… go ahead and check if the chocolate is sweet enough. You can also add the rest of the additions at this point – like chili/cayenne, dried fruit, nuts etc.

Having a friend check out the quality

Step 7.

Pour the melted chocolate on a pan / plate / ice cube tray. You can also throw some of the additions on top of the chocolate, it looks nice. Place the chocolate for 30 minutes in the freezer or 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

Before freezing

After freezing

Step 8.

Enjoy in moderation with good friends or family. The more you share, the more you enjoy I can assure you your friends will be astonished by how delicious REAL chocolate is!

Sharing with friends and family

Want more recipes?

For more great recipes like this, check out Gourmet Nutrition – The Cookbook For The Fit Food Lover.

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We’ve taken the healthiest ingredients and whipped them into nearly 300 pages of delicious culinary creations that you can serve with confidence to the most discerning foodie – or the most nitpicky nutritionist.

We’ve included detailed cooking instructions and ideas for improvisation.  And we’ve even photographed every recipe in beautiful color to show you just how appetizing healthy food can be.

Gourmet Nutrition is the cookbook that’s as friendly to your body as it is to your taste buds, and it’s equally at home on your kitchen counter and your coffee table.  Pick it up, read it through, and try it out – we know you’ll love it!

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