Chocolates, who doesn’t love chocolates? There’s only one person in the world that I know who doesn’t like chocolates, and to that person I’d like to say “You don’t know what you’re missing out on!” Chocolates can do so much more than just comfort a broken heart. Loaded with nutrients, chocolates are good for the heart and brain. But before you go chomping down on all that Mars bars, do know that only dark chocolates are good for you, not that sugary junk chocolates you find in candy bars. The milk and sugar in them will pile up on the calories and dilute the goodness you can find in healthy chocolates.

In fact, it’s cacao that is good for our bodies. The darker the chocolate, the higher the cacao content, the healthier they are! Cacao prevents arteries from clogging by restraining white blood cells from sticking to the walls of the blood vessels thus improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. Consuming cacao can also give the brain a short-term alert boost for 2 to 3 hours because Flavonols found in cacao can help dilate blood vessels, allowing more oxygen to reach key parts in our brain. Flavonols can also protect our skin against sun damage (though some sun screen is still a good idea). Our skin is better hydrated and takes twice as long to develop redness, which indicates the starting of a burnt. Snack smart by eating dark chocolate, or even better, make some!

You don’t need an occasion to be making chocolates. If you are looking to make something sweet and indulgent yet not implement a new workout routine afterwards, try these raw chocolate bites!

Ps. It’s our first attempt at making chocolates, do let us know how your chocolates turn out!

Ingredients

150g coconut oil
2       tbsp cacao powder
2       tbsp carob powder
2       drops liquid Stevia
4       tsp maple syrup
2       tsp orange essence

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk till an even and smooth consistency.
  2. Pour into chocolate moulds and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or until solidified.
  3. Enjoy on its own!
    Beware: Coconut oil melts very quickly in tropical countries like Singapore, so get ready to have dirty fingers.