I had a minor crisis yesterday. I ran out of dark chocolate. I actually made a decision about where to go grocery shopping partly based on whether I could get a decent deal on some good dark chocolate. Seriously! I did fix the problem temporarily by purchasing a small chocolate bar I shared with my children. But, I remembered that I’d read I could make my own. Since the bar is now gone, I was determined to find the recipe. So, guess what I did last night. 🙂
First, I melted a half cup of coconut oil.
Then, I added a half cup of cocoa powder. I use raw organic cacao because of its health benefits.
Once the oil and cocoa melted, I took the sauce pan off the heat and added about a 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
After that, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the chocolate mixture in there.
Freeze it for at least 2 hours. I left mine in there overnight.
Just like that, you’ve got chocolate in about 2 hours without having to leave the house to find the grocery store with the best deal on your favorite chocolate. 🙂
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You would think that being single I would be more frugal than a couple on Valentine’s Day. You would, however, be sadly mistaken. I was one of those women that was would make up for my lack of a significant other by buying myself chocolates, flowers, and going to the movies. Preferably to a movie that mocked love and all that romantic mumbo jumbo.
Looking back I cringe at how much money I could have saved just by being more secure. I’m not saying that treating myself was wrong. I just could have treated myself to less than one hundred dollars worth of stuff in the month of February alone. Luckily I found a better way of dealing with the Valentine blues that were putting me in the red.
Invest In The Future
I started my quest to not emotionally spend by putting the money aside for other things. Things that would improve my life rather than send me on an eating binge of self doubt. I would still spend money, but instead I spent money to get myself out of debt, pay off a school class, or prepare for a trip I was going to take. These activities were far more rewarding and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Go in a Group
I noticed that I spent less when I was with other people. Though, I wouldn’t be a third wheel on a pity invite Valentine’s date. I would surround myself with people, who like me, were still searching for that special someone. I wouldn’t get a date for Valentines Day. That often caused more pressure than enjoyment. Instead I would just be with friends and remember that all people go through this time in their lives.
Still Buy Chocolates
A little treat for Valentines Day was a good way to tell myself that even if I didn’t have someone I still deserved the good things in life. I made sure that I bought a chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Dark chocolate contains a number of chemical compounds that give a little happiness boost. There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate boost on Valentine’s Day. 😉
I couldn’t believe it walking into the store December 26th to buy Chrismtas clearance and already seeing the Valentine’s Day candy all out on display.
But hey… chocolate is chocolate and it’s always better with a coupon. So print these coupons and get a jump start on the next holiday!
Did you see this news story? It’s great news about a new study about how cocoa can actually help enhance our memory by facilitating blood flow to the brain. Well, I think that’s about all the excuse I need to not wait until November to start drinking hot chocolate! 😉
In honor of this good news, I thought I’d share a couple of recipes for you to enjoy a good for you chocolate treat!
Healthy Hot Cocoa
3 tablespoons unsweetened c0coa powder (ideally, organic)
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
3 cups milk (organic whole milk or coconut milk…or milk of your choice)
1. Add milk to a medium-size saucepan and heat over low heat for about 7 minutes or until desired temperature.
2. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Stir until it makes a paste
3. Add cacao mixture to the warm milk, stir until cocoa mixture has completely dissolved.
4. Serve immediately.
Healthy Chocolate Pudding
2 Tbsp Unflavored Gelatin
1/2 cup cool water
2 oz Unsweetened Dark Chocolate or Cocoa
1 can coconut milk, (use canned, full fat)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup/honey
Mix the chocolate (melt, if not using cocoa) with the coconut milk and sweetener thoroughly. Heat to warm and mix in the vanilla. Mix the gelatin with 1/3 cup of warm water until dissolved. Add the dissolved gelatin to the chocolate mixture and stir well. Put the pudding into the refrigerator for one-two hours or until set and chilled.
Do you wait for cold weather to drink hot chocolate or do you enjoy it regardless of the temperature outside?
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