Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Coconut Oil Chocolate
I've mentioned before that I have some health issues that I'm working on at the moment. One of them happens to be a low functioning thyroid. My doctor is a medical doctor who happens to like to fix the root of the issue, naturally if possible, rather than throwing pills at symptoms. At my last doctor's visit we were talking about it and I told my doctor that I had begun adding coconut oil to my diet because I had read that it helps to correct a low functioning thyroid. She said, "It does. Good! Keep doing that!"
I add a spoonful of coconut oil to my coffee or hot tea every morning, but some days that's all of the oil I manage to get in. I know that I need more than this, so here's my very yummy solution to get more coconut oil into my diet.
This recipe originally comes from Natural Health Strategies.
COCONUT OIL CHOCOLATE
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. finely grated coconut
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. ground almonds or almond meal
2 Tbsp. - 1/4 c. sucanat or other natural sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
large pinch of salt
In a microwave safe bowl or on the stove top, melt the coconut oil with the sugar. Add the cocoa powder, followed by the coconut and almond meal. Once that is incorporated, add the salt and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
Pour into a clean ice cube tray. Refrigerate until firm.
-Keep these in the refrigerator, as coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F.
-The coconut and almond meal are not necessary, but add wonderful flavor and body.
-You could also add other chopped nuts or dried fruit, if that pleases your fancy.
-I eat two of these chocolate cubes a day for my purposes, but you eat what you like. :0)
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