Homemade chocolate not only tastes delicious, it’s a fun activity to do alone or with family or friends!
When you add things like strawberry puree, a dash of espresso, lime juice, cocoa powder, and vanilla to the basic recipe, you can have a variety of raw chocolates in minutes, all of which are perfectly indulgent and delicious. You can also experiment with fillings like nut butters or canned fruit. All in all, you can have several different raw chocolates to help you find your favorite!
The secret ingredients that make these raw chocolates stay solid at room temperature are coconut butter and coconut oil. Coconut is solid at room temperature because of its saturated fat content. Saturated fats are usually referred to as “unhealthy fats,” but coconut oil is an exception. The saturated fat in coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride, which makes it easier for our bodies to digest and use as energy.
USING THE FOUNDATIONAL FIVE TO EAT A BALANCING DIET
We firmly believe that chocolate is part of a balanced diet! We recommend enjoying these pralines after eating what is known as a Foundational Five Nourish Meal.
The Foundational Five are the five elements of a balanced meal: non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and what we call the flavor factor. Together, these elements aid your digestion, stabilize your blood sugar, and provide you with the steady energy you need to feel your best.
Our five basic nutritional meals are smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal or breakfast bowls, nutrient bowls, salads, soups, stews and much more. Not every meal has to be a basic five, but if you make sure to get most of these five items onto your plate at most meals, you will feel the difference.
If you need more help with preparing balanced meals, sign up for the “Healthy Eating Made Easy with the Foundational Five” course.