Healthy Hearts



My heart and soul craves chocolate. What can I say? Fortunately I crave dark chocolate, which is known to have many health benefits. Cacao is chocolate in it's raw form, before fat, sugar, and other “sweeteners” are added.

In the last 10 years, studies have found strong support for the healthy benefits of cacao powder. Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. Raw cacao powder is also a great source of magnesium, which is beneficial for heart health, good digestion, brain alertness, strong bones, and mental health.

These deep dark cacao chocolate hearts are easy to prepare and make a healthy indulgent treat with zero guilt. Chocoholics rejoice!

Cacao Coconut Hearts

1/4 cup cacao powder - I used Dagoba Organic Cacao Powder 
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (melted)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir, then add cacao powder. Stir very well until smooth. Pour into candy molds or pour in rounds on wax paper. Freeze until solid, and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Experiment with healthy additions like orange zest, shredded coconut, almonds, hazelnuts, mint or rosemary. 


Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. 
That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.   
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2 comments:

  1. I just started to cut dairy out of my already vegetarian diet and these chocolates have been a life saver! So good! Seriously. A. mazing. Thank you for posting this recipe!

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    1. Deese, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I'm so glad you liked the chocolate, it's one of my favorites. When you have a sweet tooth like me, it's important to find a healthier option. Thank you for reading!

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