If you really enjoy chocolate, there is no need to eliminate it from your diet in order to maintain good health and a fit lifestyle. The key is to eat chocolate (or treats of any kind) in moderation and of good quality. Eating high-quality chocolate (the higher the cocoa content, the better) can raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol. It also provides your body with antioxidants and fibre.
Here is a recipe for chocolate that uses quality ingredients and tastes great!
Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Recipe Makes 2 Servings
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
3-4 heaping spoonsful of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 pinch Cinnamon, or chilli powder (optional)
1 Tsp. maple syrup, or honey (optional)
Food for dipping (½ banana, zucchini, etc.)
Start by melting your coconut oil in a saucepan or microwave until it’s completely liquefied. Be sure to measure it precisely since coconut oil has 120 calories per tablespoon and you don’t want to go too far over.
Next, add 3-4 heaping spoonsful of cocoa powder. Mix together until fully blended. You may add or subtract the number of cocoa powder scoops to achieve the consistency you like for your chocolate dipping sauce.
Finally, choose your own adventure! If you would like your dipping sauce to have a little kick, add a pinch of chili powder or cinnamon for extra flavour. If you would like your chocolate to have a bit of sweetness, add 1 tsp. or less of a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey.
Banana slices, strawberries, zucchini slices (I know, seems strange but the flavour is fairly neutral so the chocolate stands out), nuts, etc. can be used to dip into the chocolate dipping sauce for a more nutritious treat.
This dipping sauce only has 120-140 calories, depending on what you add to it, and it’s a super-satisfying way to get a tasty treat that’s still good for you!