Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Homemade Low-Glycemic Chocolate for Midnight Snacks and Prettier Skin

I love a piece of chocolate as a midnight snack.  Since my skin has been improving so much after my ELISA/ACT testing done at Cornerstone Health, in reduced redness and in overall texture and "glow", I have been inspired to eat for my skin a little more.  I've been drinking cups of tea in the morning and finishing the day with hot water with lemon.  

This recipe uses coconut oil, ghee, honey, and cacao powder to create a fudgy, rich chocolate that won't spike your blood sugar and doesn't contain milk solids and dairy skin irritants like casein and lactose.  

For added flavor and some added fiber and vitamins, I added maca powder.  I love the flavor of maca; it tastes like old-fashioned malt powder (think "Malted Milk Balls" without the chocolate coating).  I also added ho shou wu powder for its antioxidant properties.  Also, both of these ingredients are rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties... soooooo Happy Valentines Day!   (Although many so-called aphrodisiacs are just vitamin-rich, energizing foods, it seems)


Low-Glycemic Chocolate

-1/4 cup ghee
-1/4 cup coconut oil*
-1/4 cup raw honey* or several drops stevia
-1 cup cacao powder
-2 tsps maca powder
-2 tsps ho shou wu powder
-chopped raw almonds

Prepare a 8x8 glass or metal baking dish by cutting a piece of wax paper to fit in the bottom.  Combine coconut oil and ghee in a glass bowl set over a simmering pot of water, and stir until completely melted. Add honey or stevia and stir until incorporated.  Remove from the heat and whisk in cacao and other powders. Pour into prepared baking dish, sprinkle with chopped almonds, and freeze for about 25 minutes, or until firm. When ready, pop the bark out of the dish with a butter knife, and break into pieces.

*My source for huge amounts of coconut oil and raw honey, at the very best price, is Costco.  I don't even have a membership, I just ask people to please take me once every 6 months.

Combine coconut oil and ghee in a glass bowl set over a simmering pot of water, and stir until completely melted.

Remove from the heat and whisk in cacao and other powders.
There you have it! It's very delicious and fudgy, you wouldn't even know that it's healthier for you! 

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