“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Yes, there really is paleo dark chocolate, and you are going to be amazed how good it is.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Actually, I do know one woman who insists that she doesn’t like chocolate at all. A lovely person who I am honored to call my friend, she must be missing a gene or something.
But aside from her (you know who you are) I feel confident in the statement that a love of chocolate is universal.
My wife absolutely loves chocolate, and regardless of our quest to get healthy she absolutely refuses to completely give it up. And lets not forget my 12 year old daughter!
So I set out to find an alternative to store-bought chocolate, with ingredients like refined sugar and soy lecithin, and I discovered that it’s stupid easy to make excellent paleo friendly dark chocolate at home.
And, much to my delight, my family loves it. In fact my wife says that I’ve ruined any other chocolate for her. And she means it.
Paleo Dark Chocolate Recipes – Research and Testing
There were a couple of requirements in this endeavor. Of course all ingredients needed to be natural, and organic if possible. The ingredients needed to be easy to get of course. And it had to be absolutely delicious.
I began to research. I read books and scoured the web looking for paleo dark chocolate recipes. I found that a lot of them had several ingredients in common: coconut oil, honey, and either cocoa or cocao powder.
I decided that I would only work with organic raw cocao powder. It turns out that all of the benefits of chocolate are in the raw cacao. Cocoa is made from raw cacao but it is roasted so all the beneficial compounds have been cooked out of it.
I chose several recipes to start from, and with my daughter’s assistance began to cook. After lots of experimentation and tweaking, we came to our basic paleo dark chocolate recipe.
Now, a great deal of the differences between recipes is the proportions. What we settled on is so simple and so tasty, I really wish I would have started doing this long ago.
The Best Paleo Dark Chocolate – The Recipe
This gluten free and Paleo friendly dark chocolate is so good and easy to make with only 4 ingredients, you will never want store-bought dark chocolate again.
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Cocao Powder (Not cocoa)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Gently melt the coconut oil, honey and cocao powder in a double boiler. Be sure to melt all the coconut oil so there are no lumps.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the mold of your choice.
- Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
You can start with this basic recipe and get creative. Here are a couple ideas to get you started, beginning with our absolute favorite (so far that is).
Roasted Hazelnut and Sea Salt
Coarsely chop some roasted hazelnuts. After pouring the chocolate, sprinkle the nuts on top. Don’t add too much, you want to be sure they are stuck in the chocolate and don’t fall off later on. Sprinkle a touch of sea salt on top.
Note: The recipe image is of this variation.
Either mix some shredded coconut into the liquid chocolate before pouring (take care not to overdo it) or gently press a little bit onto the top of after pouring.
Mix about 3 tablespoons organic almond butter into the melted chocolate before pouring.
Dried fruit adds lots of nutrients and some great flavors. Try dried cranberries, chopped up banana chips or any other dried fruit you may like.
Use Your Imagination
You will be so glad you made your very own paleo dark chocolate, you really must try it! And I’m sure you can come up with all sorts of variations using things things you love to eat.
The best part of it is that you know exactly what is in it, and unlike store-bought dark chocolates you can be 100% sure there are no ingredients you don’t want. And it’s so easy, and I promise you, much tastier than what you can get at the store, there is really no excuse for not trying it.