Not only does homemade chocolate taste delicious, but it’s also a fun activity to do on your own or with family or friends!
Adding things like strawberry puree, a shot of espresso, key lime juice, cocoa powder, and vanilla to the base recipe will make a variety of raw chocolates within minutes that are all completely indulgent and delicious. You can also experiment with fillings like nut butter or fruit preserves. All in all, you can have multiple different assorted raw chocolates to find your favorite!
The secret ingredients that make these raw chocolates stay solid at room temperature are coconut butter and coconut oil. Coconut is solid at room temperature because of its saturated fat content. Saturated fats are typically what are considered “unhealthy fats,” but coconut oil is an exception. The saturated fat in coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride, so it’s easier for our bodies to digest and use as energy.
USING THE FOUNDATIONAL FIVE TO EAT A BALANCED DIET
We absolutely believe that chocolate is part of a well-balanced diet! We recommend enjoying these chocolates after eating what we call a Foundational Five Nourish Meal.
The Foundational Five are the five elements of a balanced meal: non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and what we call the flavor factor. These elements work together to support your digestion, stabilize your blood sugar, and provide you with the steady energy you need to feel your best.
Our Foundational Five Nourish Meals can be found as smoothies, yogurts, oatmeal bowls or breakfast bowls, nourish bowls, salads, soups, stews, and many more. Not every meal needs to be a Foundational Five, but if you are mindful to get most of these five elements on your plate at most meals, you’ll feel the difference.
If you need more support with creating balanced meals, sign up for the Healthy Eating Made Easy with The Foundational Five course.