Let me tell you something, I used to be obsessed with chocolate! Well I guess I still am but now I sort of have my obsession under control. You may have already guessed this by now from all the healthy treats that are on my blog. In fact I think when I first started my blog 3 years a go, desserts and treats were the only recipes on it!
As I got older I started to buy dark chocolate which my taste buds didn't like at first but quickly adapted. I now have completed stopped buying chocolate from the supermarket and make my my own.
While my chocolate addiction is far from what it used to be, I still love a good treat once a week. Eating healthy is a lifestyle change, not a diet. So I really do think it is important to have treat foods on the odd occasion, enjoy it and savour every last mouthful.
I find this chocolate recipe tastes the best when you use unscented or deoderised coconut oil. As the coconut oil flavour can be too overpowering otherwise. Here is the brand I buy from Pak' n Save.
Fruit and Nut Dark Chocolate
- ¼ cup of coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ cup of almond butter or other nut butter such as peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon of raw cacao powder (or use 100% cocoa powder)
- ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of honey or pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons of raisins
- 4 tablespoons of roasted almonds
- If your almonds are raw, then first roast them in the oven at 160 degrees for 5-10 minutes until starting to brown.
- Mix the melted coconut oil, almond butter, cacao powder, vanilla, salt and sweetener together until combined.
- Add the roasted almonds and raisins, mix well.
- Pour your chocolate mixture into a baking-paper lined tin or container. And leave it in the fridge to set for 30-60 minutes. Or freezer if you are impatient!