Craftmas Day 2: How To Make Coconut Oil Chocolates

Today I want to post a new Christmas craft video and this one is for my fellow dairy free friends! Christmas is a time where the chocolates are out in full force, from humongous sized tin selections (oh hai, Quality Street!) to advent calendars and oh so much more temptation. I have an allergy to dairy, not completely severe, but if I have too much I get bad asthma symptoms and terrible, painful eczema and rashes on my skin. Thus, avoiding dairy altogether is really a much safer plan for me and whilst you can get lots and lots of yummy dairy free chocolates in most shops, I thought I’d show you how to make these healthy coconut oil based chocolate treats.

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a superfood. Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. Of late, coconuts and coconut oil suddenly seem to be all over the food shelves (until recently, finding coconut oil in my local supermarket was rare). However poor old coconut oil in the past has been given an unhealthy reputation unfairly and has long been avoided because it's considered a source of harmful saturated fats. On going research however is starting to show that coconut oil may actually be a source of healthy fats, along with being a versatile ingredient that has dozens of uses beyond cooking too (this makes for another post for sure!). Wonder properties include: controlling weight, eases digestion, manages type-2 diabetes, supports immunity, boosts metabolism, anti-aging, cooks in high temperatures, stops sugar cravings and so much more.

The coconut oil is then mixed with rich high organic cacao which is yet another food getting that fancy superfood label due to continued research showing us that antioxidants in cocoa help prevent cancer, heart disease, age-related macular degeneration and aging in general because they fight free radicals in the body.
To make these chocolates you simply melt down coconut oil and cocoa powder, along with a drop or two of vanilla extract and honey (if you fancy!) in a pan or microwave, then add the liquid chocolate to a tray or mold and after 30 minutes or so in the fridge, ta-da, healthy dairy free chocolates that everyone will love!
To watch in more detail watch my little video above but just in case you need anymore persuasion this blog article here has tons of more nutrional details for this recipe and the above DIY is based on this recipe, with a few alterations.

Would anyone like to see a post on how I live dairy free, or more dairy free recipes perhaps? Let me know!



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