Tasty Treat for the Holiday Season

Triple Chocolate Freezer Fudge

Well, I would provide a picture of this absolutely tasty treat, but it always disappears before I get the camera out!  I have made this for several gifts and a couple of events, and it is always a hit!  Even though the Holiday season with family and friends is upon us, it doesn’t mean we have to eat terribly or gain weight.  We just have to change the recipes a bit, so we get some benefit out of what we eat!

Cocoa is very beneficial and is high in antioxidants, protecting the heart and improving cholesterol, amongst other benefits.  Eating ‘chocolate’ isn’t necessarily bad, as long as the cocoa content is high, suggested is 80% or more.  The less percentage usually translates into adding milk and sugar, the sugar being the part where we can get into trouble.  Eating sugar can lead to more cravings to eat more sugar, but eating rich cocoa will not perpetuate this cycle.  Sugar is very inflammatory, and this is where we usually find our symptoms of increased achiness, headaches, dehydration, muscle cramps, belly aches, just to name a few!

Coconut oil is also very beneficial as it provides our body with the necessary fats.  Yes, I said NECESSARY FATS!!  We have been on a roller coaster of what is good and bad for us per the media’s recommendations, but for centuries our ancestors have been eating fat.  Our brains are about 60% fat, so it needs fat to run!  In order for our metabolism to work correctly and to burn fat and for our muscles to make energy, we need FAT!  So next stop at the grocery store, stop buying the ‘low fat’ products, they just have extra sugar and chemicals in them to make them taste like the full-fat versions.  Sugar is bad! FAT is good!

Triple Chocolate Freezer Fudge

1 1/2 cup dark chocolate either chips or whole (80% cocoa content or better is great!)

1 cup softened coconut oil (or organic lard)

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tbsp. maple syrup or honey (or if sugar free, add 1 tbsp. Swerve or stevia glycerite)

Instructions:

In a double boiler melt the 1 1/2 cups of chocolate.  Whisk in the oil/lard, cocoa, and sweetener.  Remove from double boiler.  Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper, pour fudge onto paper and smooth it out.  Place dish in freezer for 1 hour.  To cut, remove from freezer for 10 minutes and cut into desired sizes with a sharp knife. Serve cold and store in the freezer.

Recipe from Paleoparents.com and their latest cookbook, Beyond Bacon

 

 

Posted in Dr. Christine, Natural Health.