Chocolate Can be Your Friend
By Sandi Bruce
Thanks to Lakanto Monk fruit Sweetener all of us chocolate lovers can indulge without even the slightest pang of guilt. By combining a few simple healthy ingredients, a delicious chocolate treat can be a part of your daily diet.
Why Raw Cacao Powder? Raw cacao is rich in minerals, an amazing source of magnesium and more:
- Anandamide (the bliss chemical)
- Omega-6 fatty acids
- PEA (Phynylethalamine) mood enhancer
Also, raw cacao has very little caffeine, does not elevate blood sugar, and naturally enhances energy. Ok, now let’s see how we can combine Lakanto & Raw Cacao to create a variety of tasty treats that I like to call “Chocolate Bark”. The proportions that I am going to give make what I’d consider a small batch and can easily be doubled or tripled to make a much larger batch.
Basic Chocolate Bark
1/3-cup raw organic cacao powder
1/3-cup organic coconut oil or cacao butter
1/2 – 1-teaspoon sea salt Lakanto to taste (I usually start with 2 tablespoons & adjust from there)
Approximately 2/3 cup of add-ins
Add in possibilities… nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, lemon zest, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, chipotle pepper… the list is limitless.
Combine cacao, coconut oil & salt in a small saucepan and melt on low heat until well combined. Add Lakanto, a little at a time until it meets your sweetness taste. Remove from the heat and stir in desired add in ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture onto a parchment lined dish or baking sheet and spread evenly. Chill to set (approximately 20-30 minutes in the freezer) Break into pieces and store in the refrigerator in a covered container.With a little experimentation, friends and family will enjoy your designer Chocolate Bark guiltlessly. Enjoy!