Dark Chocolate Made with Coconut Oil

February 24, 2012

Homemade dark chocolate is one of the easiest things to make, this recipe has only 5 ingredients and is ready in no time.

Dark chocolate is shown to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimers.  Cacao gives dark chocolate it’s flavor and also is high in minerals and antioxidants, read I Heart Dark Chocolate to learn more about the many health benefits of cacao.  In this recipe, I also use coconut oil, which offers many health benefits – including Alzheimer’s disease prevention, and potentially even reversal, according to this article.   It is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium, which is also linked to Alzheimers and other disorders like ADD, muscle aches and osteoporosis, read article from Natural News.  This homemade dark chocolate is a delicious and healthy way to get a daily dose of heart health benefits and Alzheimers protection – so enjoy a square of this dark chocolate without any guilt!

Homemade Dark Chocolate


  • 1 cup of Sunfood cacao powder
  • 1 cup of Barleans coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of your choice of natural sweetener – such as maple syrup or cococnut nectar (or you could use a little stevia or monk fruit to replace some of the maple syrup to cut down on glycemic impact)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of high quality salt – such as Real Salt brand or pink Himalayan

Melt the coconut oil (I like to use a double boiler on a low simmer), allow to cool just slightly, then put all ingredients into a bowl – whisk together to combine well.  Pour into a mold (I like the Tovolo ice cube molds), and put in freezer.  They should be ready in 15 mins!!

They taste a little like a Mounds candy bar. This recipe has to come with a warning – you will find it hard to buy dark chocolate at the store ever again after trying this!   Best kept stored in freezer.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

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