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Raw Chocolates: Recipe for The Body Ecology Diet ✨

Being a girl on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.), I like my chocolate sugar-free and raw. I find it hard to source this kind of quality and when I do it costs more than I want to spend. So, I got in the kitchen and tailored a recipe to suit my love for good chocolate; these nuggets have all the benefits of raw cocoa beans without the sugar.

You’ll notice stevia listed in the ingredients. This natural sweetener doesn’t feed harmful yeast or bacteria, making this a perfect treat to eat on occasion or for those on stage 2 of B.E.D. Diabetics too, because stevia doesn’t influence blood sugar or insulin release.

These make fun stocking stuffers…pop a couple in a tiny cellophane bag and tie with colorful ribbon. Or, add a few to a little box for a gift 🎁

Recipe 

Makes: 6-12 depending on type of mold

Ingredients

6 Tbsp virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil and/or raw cocoa butter

4 Tbsp raw, organic cocoa powder

7-10 drops NuNatural vanilla stevia* or 1-2 Tbsp lakanto (see tips and tricks below)

1 Tsp almond or vanilla extract, glycerin-based

1 pinch sea salt (optional)

Method

  • Bring a pot of water to a simmer. Place another pot or bowl inside the 1st one to create a double-boiler. This method will help keep the temperature below 115 degrees F and keep the cocoa and coconut oil in their raw state.
  • Add coconut oil to the inside bowl and allow to melt.
  • Whisk in cacao powder and stir, stir, stir until lump free.
  • Whisk in stevia, almond extract, and salt if using.
  • Pour into candy molds or tiny muffin tins – here’s the piggie mold I love 🐖
  • Fridge, or freeze, until solid.
  • Store in freezer, so they don’t get soft or melt.

Tips & Tricks

  • Chocolate is an oil-based vegetable and why you don’t mix it with water…ever.
  • Start with 7 drops of stevia and if you want it on the sweeter side, add more.
  • Use 1-2 Tbsp lakanto sweetener instead of stevia. I grind the lakanto into a fine powder with a coffee grinder for a smooth chocolate.
  • I love a blend of raw cocoa butter and coconut oil, so I use both (3 Tbs each).
  • Make things minty with 3 drops of mint essential oil and ditch the almond extract and add some more stevia.
  • One of my clients added in 2-4 Tbsp of coconut milk to make a creamier chocolate.
  • Make a chocolate bark by spreading the melted mixture onto parchment paper.
  • I like this mold and mini baking cups – the kids love the ones with fun patterns!
  • Add minced or whole unsweetened dried cranberries or chopped almonds.
  • This is a perfect treat for anyone on GAPS. Also for those transitioning into stage 1 of Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) or in stage 2 🙂

*Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar, so use less of it. Start with 7 drops and sweeten to taste. The more you add, the less bitter your chocolate will be.

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