It is important to have a delicious stand-by recipe for chocolate and other zero nutrition foods because, in the end…kids like it. They want treats that they hear about, see advertised or taste at friends’ homes and let’s face it, we’d rather they have homemade versions made with the best quality ingredients than made in a factory with myriads of chemicals, refined ingredients and processed fats, not to mention salt and sugar.
I found this amazing recipe here (with much gratitude to Chitra Ganapathy), made it at home with no fuss, as we had the ingredients ready to be combined. It is super easy, vegan, healthy and guilt-free if you use the best ingredients. However, everything in moderation and this point needs to be explained to children.
When we make a batch, my son knows that he is allowed one per day, not at meal-time and one batch (around 15) per month. There are many days that he forgets that it's there so the lesson here is to not forbid or ban foods outright…educate your child why junk food is bad for them, make healthy homemade versions of them and also let them have the junk very rarely too, just for them to feel the consequences later.
Have your child(ren) make this recipe themselves and let them bask in their sense of accomplishment!
Homemade Chocolate…will melt at room temperature:
Cold-pressed Organic Coconut oil – 1/4 cup / 60 ml / 4 tbsp
Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 1/4 cup / 60 ml / 4 tbsp
Powdered Organic brown sugar – 2-3 tbsp / If not vegan, you can use the same quantity of forest honey.
Optional additions – dry fruits and nuts, seeds, orange or other citrus peels, get creative!
Mix the ingredients well with a whisk or ladle till there are no lumps. Pour into a chocolate mould (it won't come out easily otherwise) and place in the freezer for one hour to set. Pop them out of the mould and enjoy!