Sunday, February 14, 2010

A healthy Valentine's Day treat!

I made some YUMMY healthy chocolate for our Valentine's Day treat!  I bought the heart shaped silicone ice cube trays at Target in the dollar section.  Mixed up the yummy concoction in the Vita Mix and poured it into the tray and let it refrigerate for an hour.

And this is the end result with some strawberry's added!  Mmmmm!  Very tasty!  Here is the recipe:

1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup coconut oil, divided (virgin unrefined coconut oil is recommended for its nutritional value), palm oil or butter
3/4 cup honey (raw honey is recommended again for its nutritional value)
Gently melt half of the coconut oil in a small saucepan. Allow too cool slightly. Place the remaining 1/2 cup solid coconut oil in your blender with the cocoa and honey. Carefully add the melted coconut oil and pulse a few times till smooth. Make sure not to over blend or else it can seperate. Line a bread pan with a layer of parchment paper or saran wrap. Carefully pour the fudge into the pan. Place in your refrigerator until solid, about 1 hour. Gently remove from pan and cut into squares. Makes about 12-15 squares. Store in refrigerator till ready to serve.
Note: I found that if I melted all the coconut oil, the final result was a very stretchy, wet fudge. For the more solid fudge like texture, I melt half of the oil, just enough so that it blends together well, and this seems to work perfectly.

The recipe came from Passionate Homemaking's blog.  I LOVE her blog!  We are kindred spirits, we have a lot in common.  I know that if we lived near each other we would be fast friends!

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