Easiest Processed Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Chocolate Bark
I have been addicted to chocolate for as long as I can remember. Sugar was always something in our home and was the thing I would turn to when I was stressed or bored. It's been my crutch, the thing I can never say no to.
Unfortunately for me, all of those years, filling my body with processed sugar crap has caused a ton of issues. My biggest issue is my skin.
Because my gut has been overloaded with sugar my entire life, anytime I have just one piece of conventional chocolate, or desert my face breaks out in the worst acne.
Did the Easter Bunny kick anyone else's ass over the holidays? He sure did kick my butt.
I've recently found out some things I'm intolerant to with a simple test from my Naturopath.
Of course, processed sugar is on that list along with dairy.
My body just cant process those very well which is why a small amount causes so much inflammation in my body.
I've been working really hard at creating new recipes that fit my intolerance.
I've also been working hard on making sure the entire family enjoys these recipes as well.
I'm excited to be able to share these with you. The successful ones as well as our epic fails, because I love sharing what NOT to do as well. (haha)
So here is one of my easiest, fool proof recipes that will be a hit for any event, party favor or just a treat for yourself.
It contains just 3 base ingredients and you can add whatever optional items you like!
Raw, organic Cocoa powder or raw, organic cacao powder
Pure maple syrup
Organic coconut oil
That's it! Its seriously the easiest thing you'll make and I can guarantee you will not go back to the conventional chocolate. When you make this for your next party, your guests will be asking for more!
In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa (or cacao) powder, maple syrup and essential oils of choice.
Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Stir in half of your toppings like roasted almonds, cranberries etc.
With a spatula, spoon the chocolate mixture onto a prepared parchment-lined pan or sheet and smooth out until it's about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle on the remaining nuts, coconut flakes, dried berries etc.
Place into freezer on a flat surface for about 15 minutes, until frozen solid.
Once frozen, break apart into bark. Store in the freezer until ready to eat. I don't recommend keeping it out on the counter long because it melts fast.
I have no idea why I've waited so long to make this recipe. Its decedent, sweet, quick, easy and super satisfying.
When using essential oils in your recipes, please make sure it is approved for internal use. I've found a company that has been approved by Health Canada for internal use and I trust the source.
Did you make this recipe? I'd love to hear how you made out and what toppings you picked! Feel free to share a picture on instagram and tag @haleylorman