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Chocolate Extravaganza 2012 and Healthy Chocolate Uses

Bet you didn’t know chocolate could be healthy? Sometimes chocolate gets a bad rep for making your waist size grow. But not all chocolate treats are bad for you. Desiree Ward from Unconventional Kitchen shared 3 different recipes that I think you will love. Check it out:

Healthy Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Reese’s: Brought to you by Desiree Ward

Ingredients:

  • -10.5 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate
  • -1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • -1 cup all natural smooth peanut butter (Adam’s)
  • -1 teaspoon vanilla
  • -1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • -coarse salt

Instructions:

1. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over a double boiler or in the microwave.
2. While the chocolate is melting, stir together in a separate bowl, the peanut butter, vanilla, and agave. Set aside.
3. Go back to your melting chocolate and stir it until it is melted.
4. Once the chocolate is melted, pour a small spoonful in a candy wrapper or silicone baking mold.
5. Next, put in a dollop of peanut butter.
6. Drizzle chocolate on top and sprinkle a little sea salt.
8. Call a friend over so you don’t eat them all!
*Optional: If you like frozen Reese’s, you can freeze these. Please note that frozen chocolate will bloom.

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Chocolate Sauce: Brought to you by Desiree Ward

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
  • liquid stevia to taste, or 2 tablespoons agave or pure maple syrup
  • 2 more tablespoons of sugar or sucanat, if needed

Instructions:

1. Mix the cocoa powder and coconut oil together.
2. Add the sweetener of your choice. If you are using stevia, add 2 more tablespoons coconut oil or water.
3. Taste it. If it needs more sweetener, add the 2 more tablespoons of sugar or sucanat.
4. To use: Put a blog of peanut butter mix in the silicone molds or in the candy wrappers and drizzle the chocolate over it. Optionally sprinkle with coarse salt. Freeze if desired.

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Totally Awesome Fudge: Brought to you by Desiree Ward

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

1. Put all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a greased glass 8×8″ pan. If you have a silicone mold it works even better and you don’t have to grease it.
3. Freeze the fudge until hard. (You can store the fudge in the freezer). When you want to eat it, pull it out of the freezer and let it soften for a while. If you store it outside of the freezer, it may start to soften and lose its shape.

*Optional: Mix in almonds, cashews, golden raisins, unsweetened coconut, or anything else you may like.

For more fun and tasty recipes visit the Unconventional Kitchen website.

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