Metabolism-Boosting Chocolate Bar Recipe With No Dairy, GMOs or High Fructose Corn Syrup
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Chocolate has always been there for me. When I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m bored, when I’m PMS-ing, and when I’m stressed. Call it emotional eating if you will, but now that I’m a Holistic Nutritionist I understand that my body was simply craving magnesium. Even so I still want to be able to enjoy and eat chocolate!
My point is, I love chocolate. And I doubt I will ever give it up. Although eating store-bought chocolate is not the answer, especially with all the health risks associated with them.
So what’s the middle ground you ask? Raw chocolate.
Unfortunately, chocolate (otherwise known as cacao) has gotten a bad reputation because candy companies like Nestle and Mars decided to mix cacao with a bucket of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, milk, artificial flavours, colours etc. and sell it as chocolate. Well of course that’s going to make you fat and sick!
But if you take away all those extras, and just focus on the actual cacao bean or chocolate itself, it’s packed with minerals like magnesium (anti-stress, relaxes muscles & nerves) and iron (energy, immune health) and polyphenols to help fight off disease.
What’s wrong with store-bought chocolate?
Chocolate companies like Hershey’s, Nestle, M&M’s, Mars and many more use harmful ingredients when making their chocolate. While we believe that eating chocolate once in a while is okay, these ingredients tell us otherwise. Chocolate companies pack so many unhealthy ingredients into that small rectangular bar that the health risks are not worth taking another bite.
These companies and many more use ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, growth hormones and trans fats.
- High fructose corn syrup is linked to obesity; it can even lead to higher weight gain than regular sugar.
- GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have been linked to cancer, allergic reactions and even fertility issues. The next time you go to the store try and find a chocolate bar without “soy lecithin” because I doubt you will be able to find one. This is because soy is the most common crop to be genetically modified.
- There are even growth hormones in the dairy which is one if not the most prevalent ingredient in some of these classic chocolate bars. The problem with that is that you are consuming the milk of cows that have been fed and injected with GMOs and growth hormones. These hormones have been linked to cancers of the breast, colon and prostate.
The list of health risks associated with our modern chocolate bars is endless. The next time you think about adding a chocolate bar to your grocery cart on the way out, just remember the ingredients (GMOs, growth hormones and corn syrup) and the harm they can cause.
You don’t have to give up all chocolate!
Like other foods that have been labeled unhealthy, there is a way to enjoy your favorite snack without consuming the unnecessary ingredients: make it yourself. This homemade chocolate bar recipe can boost your metabolism because of these two ingredients; coconut oil and raw cacao.
- Raw cacao refers to the cacao bean which is chocolate in its most raw form. This provides us with large amounts of antioxidants and minerals. Since it is packed with fiber it is a great digestive aid. It is also high in magnesium which boosts our metabolism. Overall raw cacao is very beneficial for our digestive system.
- Coconut oil contains a combination of fatty acids that can help boost your metabolism. This is because the fatty acids are metabolized differentially than other fats which make for a metabolism that is functioning at high capacity. In this way, consuming coconut oil can help you lose belly fat.
This recipe takes out all the GMOs, high fructose corn syrup and growth hormones that classic chocolate is filled with and replaces them with metabolism-boosting ingredients. The best part about this recipe is that it only takes 5 minutes and only contains 6 ingredients!
Homemade Chocolate Bar
Inspired by Sophie Gray, from Way of Gray
Serves: 1 or 20, depending on the extent of your chocolate craving
Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 1- 2 hours
- 1 cup raw cacao
- 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- Handful of almonds, chopped into slivers (optional)
- Melt the coconut oil (gently) in a saucepan until it’s liquid
- Mix together all the ingredients (aside from the almonds) until well combined
- Lay out a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it
- Pour mixture onto parchment paper, making a rectangle (around the size of an A4 sheet of paper)
- Sprinkle the almond slivers on top
- Allow it to freeze
Note: this is a dark chocolate bar, it will not resemble the taste of milk chocolate! If you find this too bitter, simply add more maple syrup or raw honey to the mixture.