If you want a quick serotonin zap using 3 healthy ingredients, here’s my latest trick:
By blinds-made-to-measure, Apr 23 2017 11:03AM
1 Heaped desert spoon of raw cacao
1 Heaped desert spoon of organic extra virgin Coconut oil
8 prunes (as a healthy sweetener)
Melt the coconut oil first in a double steamer/bain-marie (see below*). When it’s liquid, heap the cacao on top. Lightly spread it about a bit and let it soak in while you chop the prunes into sultana size bits. By the time you’ve sliced the prunes the cacao and coconut oil will have melded somewhat anyway.
(I don’t like to stir it about too much; that just adds to the messiness – more chocolate up the sides of the bowl – more stress, which means you’ll need more of a serotonin boost and they say you can get too much of a good thing – although, who the heck are they to say?.)
If you don’t like too much mess, you don’t need to use a chopping board to chop the prunes; a pair of scissors will do. (If you’ve just cut your nasal hair with them, give them a wash first.)
Mix the whole thing together and plap it onto one side (left or right as opposed to front or back) of a square of greaseproof paper. Fold the other side on top of it and flatten it to the thickness of your favourite chocolate bar. (You can put it into fancy moulds if you think the Queen might pop in for tea).
Let it cool, then refrigerate. Your serotonin hit should set in about an hour (when the coconut oil hardens). I just keep my chocolate in the greaseproof to save on washing up liquid. (Lazy bogger).
*For a simple bain-marie, I just use two different sized bowls – one deeper and slightly wider than the other. Obviously you don’t want the inner bowl to sink below the rim of the outer one because you need a sump-like gap between the two to hold a goodly amount of boiling water.
You’ll need to do your own research if you’re not familiar with the health benefits of the ingredients. For example, there’s a difference between the adulterated cocoa you get in the supermarket and raw, organic cacao. (Cadbury’s was taken over by Kraft and have you seen what they call cheese?) Here’s a link; there’s plenty out there (on the internet): http://www.naturalnews.com/029156_cacao_chocolate.html
If all you have is cocoa, it’ll do.
You can do a search on extra virgin coconut oil as opposed to the type that’s chemically extracted and you can check out the blurb about ketone diet.
Prunes are my favourite choice as a sweetener, but you can use sultanas or other dried fruit. I sometimes use banana but the moisture in the banana makes the chocolate more like fudge and it doesn’t keep so well. (That won’t matter if the Queen is coming; I’ve heard she’s a gannet.)
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