Homemade Chocolate Bark For Your Sweetheart!
We've got another Valentine's Day recipe for you to try! This chocolate bark made from our organic, raw cacao is sure to satisfy your lover's sweet tooth. This recipe is especially great because you can tailor your chocolate bark to your valentine's taste by adding their favorite nut, candy, or dried fruit as a topping! Let's get started!
- 1/3 cup of Moringa Source Coconut Oil
- 2/3 cup of Moringa Source Cacao Powder
- 1/4 cup of raw almond butter
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of liquid stevia (for taste)
- A dash of vanilla powder
- 3 tablespoons of fresh goji berries, almonds, or whatever other topping you want your chocolate bark to have!
- A few pinches of sea salt
- Blend your coconut oil, cacao powder, almond butter, liquid stevia, and vanilla powder until smooth.
- Pour your mixture over a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment.
- Sprinkle your goji berries, almonds, or other desired topping and salt over the chocolate.
- Place your sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes, or until it is solid.
- Break apart your chocolate into "bark" pieces.
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The Benefits of Raw Cacao & Coconut Oil
Raw cacao is a rich source of antioxidants, monosaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, minerals, fiber, natural carbohydrates, and protein. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, and E, and is actually one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium,which improves heart function, lowers blood pressure, helps improve blood flood, turns glucose into energy, reduces plaque in the arteries, and can even promote muscle relaxation.
Additionally, Cacao contains an abundance of other minerals such as calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, chromium, potassium, manganese, amino acids, Omega 6 fatty acids, as well as a heart-healthy fat known as oleic acid. Cacao is especially high in antioxidants which protect the nervous system and help the body improve deficiencies and physiological problems.
Cacao has been said to help improve not only physical health, but mental health, as studies have shown that is can actually raise serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain - providing feelings of happiness, contentment, and overall well-being. It also has the ability to increase our endorphins, which reduce stress and pain.
Our organic, virgin coconut oil is processed by centrifuging. This means that it has never been bleached or exposed to temperatures which break down the nutrients in the oil. The centrifuging process also allows our oil to retain its rich coconut aroma. With Moringa Source coconut oil, you can be confident that you have the purest, healthiest coconut oil available.
Coconut oil works to boost the immune system, and is full of healthy fats such as caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid, which provide a healthy source of energy, help increase healthy cholesterol, and help to convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol. It is antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial, and has been found to aid in weight loss and appetite reduction. It is also high in antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation for those suffering from problems like arthritis.
Studies have shown that coconut oil can help prevent liver damage, and heal urinary and kidney infections, because it works as a natural antibiotic against harmful bacteria. Additionally, it has been found that coconut oil helps to improve the memory of those suffering from illnesses like Alzheimer's.