How to make your own healthy chocolate for Easter!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Easter, Giveaways, Sweet Treats | 214 comments

How to make your own healthy chocolate for Easter

 

Making your own chocolate treats really is super simple. You know what’s in them and they are healthy. Eat and enjoy without guilt!

The most basic and easy way to make your own healthy chocolate is to simply mix coconut oil with cacao and a natural sweetener of your choice.

The quantities are up to you, but I like to do 1/2 cup Changing Habits organic virgin coconut oil, 3-4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and 1-2 tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Melt it all together over a low heat until thoroughly combined. Test it and adjust to your liking.

Now is the fun bit. You can pour it into chocolate moulds and refrigerate. Or…. you can add things like coconut, dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit, Superfoods for Kidz choc berry chunk powder or Crio Bru. It’s easier to sprinkle them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and pour your chocolatey goodness over the top and refrigerate. Check out this recipe for an example. Or….. you can use this as a chocolate fondue and dip in some strawberries. Ooooooh yeah!

The only catch with this chocolate, is that unless you live somewhere cold, it needs to be kept in the fridge or eaten quickly!

Okay, so that’s easy, but I also have some other recipes for you that you might like to try.

 

Choc Hazel Bliss Balls - Natural New Age Mum

 My Chocolate Hazel Bliss Balls. They taste a bit like Ferrero Rocher or Nutella. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free and Sugar Free!

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Choc Berry Chunk Easter Eggs

I twisted the arm of Vanessa from Superfoods for Kidz to part with her yummy Easter egg recipe!!

Okay so this is what you will need:
2-3 Superfoods for Kidz berry choc chunk bars
1 -2 tsp coconut oil
100g 70% dark chocolate
small Easter egg moulds

 

Okay, so this is how you do it:

Melt the coconut oil and chocolate together in a saucepan. Break off a bit of berry choc chunk bar and roll it into a small ball. Into the bottom of your chocolate mould, place a small amount of the melted chocolate mix. Place the ball in the middle. Top with extra melted chocolate. Place in the fridge or freezer until set.  If you want to make a perfect round egg shape, just use a little melted chocolate mix to glue two halves together. Set again in the fridge. If you want to wrap the eggs in coloured foil, you can find it at Spotlight.

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Giveaway:

This giveaway has now closed – the winner was Lonni B! Congratulations!

Now you may need to stock up on some staples to make these healthy Easter treats so the gorgeous gals at Superfoods for Kidz and Crio Bru said I could give away some goodies! Wayhay! No arm-twisting involved this time either.
 
Okay, so you can win a huge hamper containing:
 
*A whole box of Superfoods for Kidz Choc Berry Chunk Bars
*Superfoods for Kidz Choc Berry Chunk Superfood Powder
*Crio Bru Maracaibo ground cocoa
*Crio Chocolate-coated Cocoa Beans
*Heilala Vanilla bean paste
 
How to enter:
Be a blog subscriber – enter your email address to the box on the top right.
Comment on this blog post telling us a health benefit of chocolate (hint: the Crio Bru website and the Superfood for Kidz website have some ideas)
Winner will be chosen using random.org on the 20th of March at midnite.
Entry is only open to Australia residents who meet the entry requirements.
If you would like to share on Facebook or Twitter, you won’t get extra entries, but you will get good karma! ♥
 

Happy chocolate making. Upload your chocolate photos to my Facebook page so I can see what you have been making!

 

CrioBru Brewed Cocoa

  

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214 Comments

  1. 3-16-2013

    Thankyou for the wonderful ideas! I’m definitely going to give the choc chunk Easter eggs a try – I just need to get some moulds – and the bliss balls look delicious!!

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants! And helps to fight free radicals!

  2. 3-16-2013

    I love reading your blog, it gives me lots of inspiration to prepare healthy food for my kids. One of the health benefits in real chocolate is the antioxidants in the cacao which help keep our arteries clean from plaque.

  3. 3-16-2013

    Yum! These all look fabulous!

    Health benefit of chocolate. ….. antioxidants …. and it makes us happy!

    These will be wonderful to make together with children and share ….

  4. 3-16-2013

    Weight loss! I have a cup of raw cacao, hot water, coconut sugar and a little milk every morning. It gives me the energy to exercise without the manic caffeine effects of coffee. LOVE my healthy chocolate :)

  5. 3-16-2013

    Chocolate! That’s good for us! Dangerous combination for me ;)

  6. 3-16-2013

    I’ve been looking for a healthy chocolate egg recipe and this looks great- thanks!

    Chocolate increases your energy naturally, which I can always use :)

  7. 3-16-2013

    I am definitely going to make some chocolate this easter, also as a trial run for the chocolate fountain I promised my son for his birthdayparty lol! Chocolate is high in a range of micronutrients, such as iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

  8. 3-16-2013

    Cacao, is full of antioxidants. It is also great for weight loss as suppresses your appetite.
    Yum cannot wait to make chocolate goodies for my kids this Easter!! Maybe even some chocolate hot cross buns :)

  9. 3-16-2013

    Cocoa is a potent source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamin which help to alleviate depression, as well as MAO Inhibitors which allow serotonin and dopamine to stay in the blood stream longer, lifting our mood! Yay chocolate (esp dark choc, and in moderation) = happy!!!

  10. 3-16-2013

    Chocolate reduces stress levels. Have promised my children we will make Easter eggs this year and was waiting for some ideas. These are good recipes, am going to start practising now as I really want to make sure I get the taste right,that’s a good justification of eating chocolate isn’t it?

  11. 3-16-2013

    i never knew of all these health benefits! i always thought it was bad bad bad!!! antioxidants are a good thing :)

  12. 3-16-2013

    Ooooh, I can’t wait to make some choccies this Easter, especially some stevia-sweetened choc. I’ve just made some balls with dates, coconut, coconut oil & raw cacao. Sometimes I add heilala vanilla paste, Crio granules or chia seeds – mmmmmm!!! I love cacao as it’s the best plant source of magnesium & the fact that it helps me lose weight (especially Crio Beans!!!).

  13. 3-16-2013

    Very curious try try raw cacao. I adore chocolate. Happy memory of melting choc and pouring into bunny molds as a child just triggered :) good quality chocolate makes me smile. Which is healthy, antioxidants are too I understand :)

  14. 3-16-2013

    Love the recipe ideas, thank goodness for chocolate; high in antioxidants and magnesium which is just want we crave at certain times of the month – best to eat it all year round just to be on the safe side though :-P

  15. 3-16-2013

    Yum thanks for the ideas! Chocolate is high in magnesium- great for when your are PMSING!

  16. 3-16-2013

    drinking Crio Bru chocolate is an enjoyable way to increase your energy levels and add antioxidants and minerals to you body in a natural form.

  17. 3-16-2013

    Its high in antioxidants and minerals! And it tastes good too, which makes me feel good :)

  18. 3-16-2013

    As this is our 1st year preservative free, I am pretty excited to make all my own easter pressies!I was thinking of a healthy variation on the Darrell Lea rocky road egg. So I am really grateful for all your additional ideas.

    One of the things I love about coconut oil is that it has been linked to weight loss and cacao is great for releasing endorphins, therefor we have a healthy chocolate that makes you feel good AND loose weight! WIN WIN!! ;)

  19. 3-16-2013

    It’s an antioxidant.

  20. 3-16-2013

    Thank you so much for your recipes! I have been searching for some healthy chocolate recipes. In my family we have a history of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as osteoarthritis so for me the fact that chocolate supports the heart, digestive system, brain and bones is just one of many reasons to eat healthy chocolate and the bonus is, it tastes great!

  21. 3-16-2013

    Health benefit of chocolate is antioxidants !Thanks so much

  22. 3-16-2013

    Some yummy ways to use chocolate here! Chocolate is very high in antioxidants.

  23. 3-16-2013

    I love it’s natural energy boosting enzyme, antioxidant qualities and it just tastes yummy :)

    • 3-21-2013

      you are the winner Lonni B!

  24. 3-16-2013

    OMG! i want those bliss balls!!! they would be the perfect snack (jsut had a baby and bf so i forgot how hungry i am all the time lol) these would be a perfect antioxident boost plus cure the chocolate craving when the 3:30 itis hunger strikes!!!

  25. 3-16-2013

    yum!!! yum yum!!! these recipes wink be going down a treat at my house come Easter time… and I won’t feel guilty because chocolate is jammed packed full of ANTIOXIDANTS :)

  26. 3-16-2013

    It is high in antioxidants. And makes you feel good too!

  27. 3-16-2013

    Hi! Only this week I have tried Crio Bru for the first time…and a in love. I am a self confessed caffeine freak but love that Crio Bru gives me the energy lift that i seek from coffee without the negative side effects, making it so much better for me. Health benefits such as low calorie, no sugar or caffeine, its a winner all round! Plus the added bonus is I will be able to cook with it too! Karen

  28. 3-16-2013

    I Looooove chocolate!!! High in antioxidants and minerals and gives you natural energy!!! Mmmmmm Yum!!

  29. 3-16-2013

    It is really high in antioxidants so I can consume without feeling guilty :)

  30. 3-16-2013

    All looks yummy can’t wait to make some of ur recipes
    high in antioxidants and yummy

  31. 3-16-2013

    Chocolate contains tryptophan which increases serotonin levels therefore is the ultimate “feel good” food. No wonder we say we are addicted.

  32. 3-16-2013

    These look amazing!!! Healthy chocolate gives you an energy burst and a dose of antioxidants…. What else could you ask for! Yum!

  33. 3-16-2013

    Love these great chocolate recipe ideas! thanks :) Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate when it’s so high in antioxidants!?

  34. 3-16-2013

    The cacao in chocolate (and crio bru) contains an endorphin or “bliss chemical” called anadamide (which is also the same endorphin released after exercise) that makes us feel great.

  35. 3-16-2013

    What terrific and simple ways to get the good stuff without all the extra sugar. Good chocolate has antioxidants and minerals.

  36. 3-16-2013

    Gotta love those cute little antioxidants chocolate contain busily toiling away and getting all the work while we get all the flavour

  37. 3-16-2013

    Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world! Wow!! Bring on the chocolate… but make it the good type! Thankyou for a super giveaway! *drool*drool*drool*

  38. 3-16-2013

    Wow this blog looks sooo good ;)……… Chocolate has wonderful antioxidants , a healthy heart and brain and of course it tastes so good ;)

  39. 3-16-2013

    Yum! Thanks for all the great recipies :) one of the many benefits of real chocolate is that it is full of antioxidants that boost your immune system.

  40. 3-16-2013

    Cacao is full of fabulous antioxidants which help the body eliminate any baddies circulating within. Thanks for the choccie recipe, sounds so easy :-)

  41. 3-16-2013

    Thanks your recipes look great.Can’t wait to try crio bru too!
    I love raw cocao, it satisfies cravings, high in antioxidants & magnesium. Will be trying these chocs for Easter very soon, Thanks:-)

  42. 3-16-2013

    I’m a subscriber. A choc high in magnesium would be so helpful to my sore muscles (I’ve got fibromyalgia) and relieve my stress (I’ve got small kids) that prize pack looks yummy

  43. 3-17-2013

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants, gives u natural energy & is super yummy !!

  44. 3-17-2013

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants.

  45. 3-17-2013

    sky-high antioxidants, abundant minerals and healthy energy.

  46. 3-17-2013

    Chocolate is an amazingly good pregnancy super good. I made myself all sorts of chocolatey goodies while pregnant. My fave was and still is hot chocolate made with cacao and honey.

  47. 3-17-2013

    This is a great blog post with some fabulous ideas – thank you :) Some health benefits of chocolate are that it makes you feel great, increases focus, reduces stress and helps you sleep better!

  48. 3-17-2013

    seratonin!!! to help us feel good :)

  49. 3-17-2013

    Chocolate boosts your immune system because it is full of antioxidants!

  50. 3-17-2013

    pregnancy super food!

  51. 3-17-2013

    After looking and pondering at your chocolate post for ages, I
    decided to just do it!
    Wowee!!!
    Secretly I am hoping that no one else in my family likes the chocolate as much as I do!
    I am sure they will.
    After just reading about all the great health benefits like antioxidant’s I can justify eating this chocolate :)

  52. 3-17-2013

    Antioxidants are high in chocolate

  53. 3-17-2013

    can’t wait to try some of these yummy chocolate recipes! I love that chocolate can be healthy and it’s great for mood lifting and an energy boost (not to mention the antioxidants and micro-nutrients). Yay!

  54. 3-17-2013

    inspiring chocolatey post, thank you!
    Health benefits from chocolate include the high antioxidants and minerals… plus it’s delicious!

  55. 3-17-2013

    Yummo! I love Superfoodsforkidz products! And can’t wait to try Crio Bru! Chocolate gives me natural energy without having to eat processed chocolate for the flavour hit. And we all need a dose of antioxidents!

  56. 3-17-2013

    Love these recipes, think I’m going to give chocolate making a go this easter. Health benefit of (healthy) chocolate is the high levels of antioxidants found in cacao!

  57. 3-17-2013

    Raw chocolate can enhance physical and mental well-being. Would love these goodies to make healthy treats for my family.

  58. 3-17-2013

    My new love Crio bru , we need all the anti oxidants we can get and what a yummy why to get them, grounds added to muesli no waste !!

  59. 3-17-2013

    Cocoa contains flavanols, a type of flavanoid that is only found in cocoa and chocolate. Flavanoids are naturally-occurring compounds that occur in plant foods that act as antioxidants and help counteract free radicals in the body.

  60. 3-18-2013

    antioxidants is one benefit

  61. 3-18-2013

    mmmmm those recipes look GOOD! i love that crio bru gives u an energy boost without the crazy up and then down of caffein. and raw choc has so many benefits, butso many people have already talked about them so i’ll just say antioxidants :)

  62. 3-18-2013

    Love it. Chocolate is full of antioxidants.
    Thanks

  63. 3-18-2013

    Have been an avid follower of your facebook page and love all your posts. Highly informative and inspirational. Keep up the great work!

    Raw cacao (chocolate) is high in antioxidants and low in calories. Naughty eating just got healthy!

  64. 3-18-2013

    I definately need to source some Crio Bru the fact its a superfood that gives you energy, something I need around 4 pm when I slump also Crio Bru is a healthier alternate to my addiction to coffee is great! Not to mention my love of chocolate. Wishing I had a healthfood store in town so I can make some of your delicious chocolate recipes which are full of antioxidants, energy boosting, chemical free and a healthier option for my family! Love your blog, visit daily to help us live a healthier life, thanks

  65. 3-18-2013

    Raw Chocolate (Cacao) has lots of magnesium helping me to relax after a long day of toddler chasing – like I need an excuse! ;)

  66. 3-18-2013

    Theobromine – a happy drug for the brain & some wonderful antioxidants :)

  67. 3-18-2013

    Chocolate is full of antioxidants to boost your immune system <3

  68. 3-18-2013

    Thank you for offering such an awesome giveaway. I have wanted to try quite a few of these products but being that my hubby is a mature age apprentice, funds are often limited. Hopefully the gods are favouring me with this giveaway.

    Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.

  69. 3-18-2013

    Oh I would love to win this! Chocolate is good because it stops me from getting grumpy which makes life better for everyone in the house. It is also full of anti-oxidants and healthy unsaturated fats and it makes my taste buds happy!

  70. 3-18-2013

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for bliss balls, ill have to give your recipe a go! Thanks for sharing. Chocolate is full of good stuff including antioxidants.
    I’m a blog subscriber.

  71. 3-18-2013

    I’m always inspired by your blog!

    I love that cacao is rich in antioxidants which helps boost the immune system. I try and make sure my kids and I have some each day so I love reading recipe ideas!

  72. 3-18-2013

    Happiness = chocolate = healthy

  73. 3-18-2013

    Fabulous site & great recipes.

    High in Magnesium – which keeps your heartbeat regular and your immune system and bones strong. Magnesium is what makes your muscles function and helps your body make protein

  74. 3-18-2013

    Anti-oxidants. And it gives you the opportunity to add extra ingredients that pack a punch, a seeds, berries, nuts, oats. Full of healthy goodness.

  75. 3-18-2013

    OMG you had me at ‘Ferrero Rocher’ with those bliss balls! :-). And the anti-oxidants, oh the anti-oxidants!!

  76. 3-18-2013

    I love experimenting with making my own chocolate. The benefits of making your own is that you can use healthy ingredients and avoid sugar and additives. I like to use fructose free sugar alternatives and sometimes add in some carob as well for a different flavour. Also it is safe to give to the kids and i know that they are not going to have a sugar hypo head rush/tantrum afterwards.

  77. 3-18-2013

    Confession: I am a chocoholic :)

    Thank you for sharing your fantastic recipes, I really am looking forward to trying them, as now i can get my fix without the guilt.
    Superfood – full of antioxidant. And the fact there isn’t any added chemicals (which i love the idea of)

  78. 3-18-2013

    cacao is sky high in antioxidants which is really great for our bodies, also contains magnesium which goes unknown by alot of us we a deficient, love love knowing a chocolate thats also healthy can be gluten, dairy and sugar free. Superfoods for kidz very beneficial to kids who dont consume all there veggies it all natural and organic and very high in antioxidants. great for the body and great for your health and wellbeing

  79. 3-18-2013

    Plenty of benefits of chocolate, including antioxidants and assists weight loss, it’s all the added stuff that adds weight! But making your own solves that problem :) One of the main benefits to ME, is that dark chocolate makes me feel good, therefore I’m in a good mood, and when I’m in a good mood, the household runs better, kids are happier, husband is happier, so I’m off to grab some chocolate, and maybe even make some of these recipes, I absolutely LOVE the Berry Choc Chunk powder!

  80. 3-18-2013

    These looke yummy! Will come in handy for my son who has a lot of intolerances….high in antioxidants and lots of minerals…also seratonin for a natural mood lifter

  81. 3-18-2013

    Wow, another awesome prize! Chocolate contains antioxidants which have a number of health benefits. :)

  82. 3-18-2013

    Lots of antioxidants and healthy minerals – great!

  83. 3-18-2013

    Oh man I want this! Chocolate is high in antioxidants, choc (geddit geddit?) full of micronutrients, and is a great alternative to caffeine in a hot drink.

  84. 3-18-2013

    Awesome prize, fantastic recipes, fabulous blog!
    Chocolate contains serotonin which acts as an antidepressant and stimulates endorphins giving us pleasure!

  85. 3-18-2013

    We kicked ALL sugar last year, yep even my 1 & 4yo (they are such anti-sugar nazis now, its astonishing)
    Raw Cacao, (which is our only chocolate now) is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that make it almost a super food or natural Multi-Vitamin.
    Cacao beans are loaded with many essential minerals the body needs. These include magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and Pantothenic acid.

    How good is that!

    They understand Easter ordinarily means no chocolates as in the commercialized way (didn’t I have fun trying to tell my sons school no Easter Eggs for him this year, he’s in Kindy) but boy when I whip up batches of these recipes I’m really gonna make the Easter Bunny obsolete.

  86. 3-18-2013

    Benefits of Chocolate…
    Okay one way chocolate is beneficial is that it is a source
    of magnesium, a mineral which often is low in our modern diets & a nutrient that is important for production of ATP (energy). It (magnesium)is also is important for relaxing our muslces and great for better sleep as it is neeeded for melatonin production.

  87. 3-18-2013

    Raw cocoa beans have more antioxidants than almost any food in the world. And chocolate makes me happy :)

  88. 3-18-2013

    Raw healthy chocolate has antioxidants :)

  89. 3-18-2013

    I’ve been making my own chocolate with the Changing Habits Cacao Wafers, drinking Crio Bru and using the almond pulp from making my own almond milk with cacao powder to make Bliss Balls. Love it all!!! A health benefit is weight loss!

  90. 3-18-2013

    It helps us to fight disease, such as heart disease and cancer.

  91. 3-18-2013

    thanks, have subscribed.
    my health benefit is those who consumed up to 1 oz of high-quality chocolate, that is, chocolate high in cocoa content — 1 to 3 times per month had a 26% lower risk of developing heart failure, :)

  92. 3-18-2013

    I love the fact that chocolate can actually boost the immune system!

  93. 3-18-2013

    It has lots of antioxidants!

  94. 3-18-2013

    It is high in antioxidants :) makes you feel good and happy!

  95. 3-18-2013

    full of antioxidants which is soooo good for you and home made chocolate tastes sooo good also – what more could you want :)

  96. 3-18-2013

    Stress hormones are significantly reduced after eating dark chocolate… and lets face it, who wants to be stressed?!?! Love love love Cacao… its magic stuff!

  97. 3-18-2013

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants and is super super yummy!!!

  98. 3-18-2013

    Chocolate reduces stress levels! I defiantly need any help. Can get with that!

  99. 3-18-2013

    I love that Chocolate is packed with antioxidants, and has been shown to boost happiness and feel-good emotions.

  100. 3-18-2013

    Cocoa has CALCIUM, which is alkalizing, helps with blood, nerve transmission, bones, and muscles. Regulates the heartbeat. Help enzyme systems to produce acetylcholine, norepinephrine and serotonin. The EASTER EGGS look fantastic. :-)

  101. 3-18-2013

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants and increases serotonin production and contains lovely levels of Magnesium for our muscles and nervous sytem to relax….

  102. 3-18-2013

    We love Chocolate because Cacao Is incredibly Healthy for you. It gives us stimulation in our brains to concentrate & makes us feel Happy all round! We love that it gives us many vitamins and minerals, antioxdidants & tastes amazing. :)

  103. 3-18-2013

    Good quality cocoa/cacao is high in magnesium – good for the heart, aids digestion, balances brain chemistry and builds strong bones

  104. 3-18-2013

    Cacao makes you happy :) Gotta love that – plus the mega antioxidant hit which keeps us looking and feeling amazing!! mmmmmm chocolate!!

  105. 3-18-2013

    Thanks for these great ideas…can’t wait to give them a try they look delicious! Health benefit of chocolate…increases energy naturally as it contains a natural stimulant called theobromine. Gotta be happy with that!!

  106. 3-18-2013

    I adore dark chocolate and so do my kids :) it’s full of health benefits like antioxidants and produces endorphins….. Which makes you happy :)

  107. 3-18-2013

    Great recipes… Good things about Chocolate?? oooh, the anti oxidants, the Magnesium, the happy joy it brings us all… and don’t forget the Crio windpower…x

  108. 3-18-2013

    Chocolate makes me happy, which stops me from going all crazy lady postal with my 2 small kids, one large dog and husband on a daily basis. Oh and the raw stuff has lots of health benefits too (not just for the other 4 in my house)

  109. 3-18-2013

    Endorphin power! Loves chocolate for this and many other reasons :)

  110. 3-18-2013

    Thank you for your blog. Everyday I get more educated and my body and family benefit from our healthier lifestyle. I was missing chocolate though but am happy to say your clean chocolate recipes have helped me kick those cravings. The added benefits of being an antioxidant, energy boost, comfort food, weight loss benefits makes it all the better and far more indulgent anyway. Your Easter treats we can’t wait to try. Thank you for yor effort and time you have helped many people.

  111. 3-18-2013

    chocolate has several health benefits – dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, increases energy, but most of all…..eating chocolate just makes me so very very happy! Endorphins rule :)

  112. 3-18-2013

    Crio Bru is high in antioxidants which helps fight the free radicals not to mention chocolate just tastes so good. Nature always has a way to make us feel good.

  113. 3-19-2013

    Antioxidant and mood booster and its delicious :-)

  114. 3-19-2013

    Cacao contains Phenylethylamine, the chemical that your brain creates to release endorphins when you fall in LOOOOVE!!! No wonder it makes us happy =)
    Thanks for the recipes, I have to follow a sugar free diet so I’m going to try your recipe of coconut oil, cacao and honey and try switching it for stevia. That way my husband and kids won’t be the only ones eating chocolate for Easter in our house YAY for me =)

  115. 3-19-2013

    Ooooo I like this health benefit: Curb your appetite and lose weight!!!

  116. 3-19-2013

    I love that i can make chocolates as gifts for all my friends who have allergies Cacao being 100% gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free, soy free and sodium free takes away any concerns for them and me <#

  117. 3-19-2013

    I love making chocolate with cacao and coconut oil! Yum! It has essential minerals and nutrients, is full of antioxidants and aids in weight loss. Happy Easter!

  118. 3-19-2013

    Those are some yummy looking recipes! I must try them. Aside from the fact that chocolate is delicious, it can also increase energy and relieve stress. Just what I need!! Hehe

  119. 3-19-2013

    When my Grandmother died 18 months ago the I spiralled into a lifestyle of comfort eating…chocolate being my ultimate fix. For the past five months I have been on a journey to gain control of my eating habits and have lost 12 kilograms. Your blog has provided me with beautiful recipes to help me improve not only mine but my whole families health. Easter was when I really started abusing the chocolate and the cravings took control…but not this easter. I have new knowledge and a new mindset and frankly the benefits cacao has such as weightloss, antioxidant values, mood enhancing, heart health and aphrodisiac are going to ensure these Easter treats will be far more satisfying than any other Easter…my Nan will be so proud of me for taking back control. Thank you for your blog and for my new found knowledge.

    • 3-19-2013

      Oh Nadine! I have been in that spot! It’s not easy, but good on you for looking after yourself again. You are precious and you are worth it. xxxx

  120. 3-19-2013

    I love that Raw chocolate can lower blood pressure & improve circulation and that it can enhance physical and mental well-being!

  121. 3-19-2013

    I have just ordered myself some products from the Crio Bru website. Thank you so much for putting me onto it. The fact that the brewed chocolate has so many health giving qualities is fantastic. I am particularly interested in the fact that the chocolate contains nutrients that can actually help curb your appetite and help with weight control. Thanks for sharing these recipes! I can’t wait to try them all.

  122. 3-19-2013

    chocolate has always been my weakness and im so happy to have found all of these wonderful pages full of healthy recipes that don’t lack taste! I’m new to the preservative/ additive free world and have found your page very helpful.
    choc is a fantastic mood enhancer and boosts energy levels ( helpful when my little ones give me a rough night:)

  123. 3-19-2013

    Health benefits……..high in antioxidants, low in calories, gluten free, dairy free, soy free…….the list goes on. An amazing super food, fingers crossed…… can’t wait to try it :)

  124. 3-19-2013

    I am looking forward to a healthy chocolate easter! Health benefits include Mood enhancement and healthy skin!

  125. 3-19-2013

    enhances mood and energy! Who doesn’t need that!

  126. 3-19-2013

    Antioxidants of course! Wow better dig in to the good stuff asap. And here I was thinking I was going to have to hold myself together over Easter : )

  127. 3-19-2013

    Health benefits of home made chocolate? As well as all the antioxidants, making chocolate with my kids lifts our mood, gives them a treat without me feeling guilty and makes us all happy – that’s a health benefit right??

  128. 3-19-2013

    More benefits of healthy chocolate than I realised! High levels of magnesium – an often overlooked deficiency contributing to PMT.
    Definately going to make the nut butter cups – no nasty preservatives! Thanks

  129. 3-19-2013

    Chocolate is exceptionally high in antioxidants. And it makes us happy to eat it! what could be better?

  130. 3-19-2013

    Benefits of chocolate are they offer high antioxidant value, mineral benefits and natural energy.

  131. 3-19-2013

    Soo many benefits of chocolate ..but it offers high antioxidant value, mineral benefits and natural energy.

  132. 3-19-2013

    Chocolate increases energy levels…definitely will help my 3.30itis ;)

  133. 3-19-2013

    Its an Antioxidant, gives you energy and even helps you to lose weight.

  134. 3-19-2013

    Cacao bean is a superfood and is high in antioxidants and provides natural energy!!! Yay for chocolate! Not high in caffeine if you choose the right stuff. Natural all the way

  135. 3-19-2013

    Antioxidants and mood lifting yumminess!

  136. 3-19-2013

    I am loving making my own chocolate with my thermie it is helping my weight loss…..oh there is a benefit!! Weight loss!! And all those antioxidants!! Love this blog!!

  137. 3-19-2013

    The best gift I have given myself is buying raw cacao powder and finding all these wonderful recipes to use it in. I love that is an energy enhancer, mood booster and is full of minerals that our bodies desperately need and it tastes sooooo good. Thank you :)

  138. 3-19-2013

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants and tastes yummy!

  139. 3-19-2013

    Chocolate is rich in magnesium!

  140. 3-19-2013

    Weight loss! antioxidants! Mood enhancement! Healthy skin! More Energy.
    I havent tried cooking with any of these ingredients as yet but have been reading lots about them and their benefits. Cant wait to try.

  141. 3-19-2013

    High in antioxidants! A great health benefit :-)

  142. 3-19-2013

    Thank you for the great recipes! I quit sugar 3 weeks ago now and I’m looking for some healthier idea’s for easter, and to snack on. My hubby is going to buy me some Crio Bru for Easter so that I can have my cocoa hit without the sugar :)

    One of the health benefits of chocolate is its a superfood, it is high in anti oxidants and natural energy.

  143. 3-19-2013

    Apart from taste, taste, blissful taste which just adds to that feel good experience which will help reduce cortisol and stress, magnesium, antioxidants, and a fantastic energy boost. Chocolate is a daily part of my life.

  144. 3-19-2013

    makes me feel fantastic and full of antioxidants……….can’t get much better than that :)

  145. 3-19-2013

    These recipes are filled with antioxidants and nutrients for our bodies and minds. Thank you for sharing. xo

  146. 3-19-2013

    Yummy!! A Health Benefit of this Chocolate is the High Antioxidants and Plus its Delicious!!

  147. 3-19-2013

    One of my favourite blogs – great competition.

    Chocolate boosts your immune system, increases energy naturally, curbs appetite to help with weight loss (my favourite reason ;-)

  148. 3-19-2013

    Thank goodness for the antioxidants in cacao, I can’t wait to experiment with the hamper goodies, it would make an especially delicious Easter!

  149. 3-19-2013

    This is such a great alternative. Cacao gives you that great natural energy boost and mood boost too!

  150. 3-19-2013

    My little boy started enjoying bits of strong 85% chocolate and loving it! Stress reliever in many ways including seeing him smearing his dark fingers onto his face (less funny when it s mummy s clothes)

  151. 3-19-2013

    Thankyou for your inspiring recipes and fabulous blog. I make sure I have raw cacao every day..it is a true superfood, antioxidant, natural form of magnesium and tastes amazing! and I love that my kids prefer it to the sugar laden chocolate, and prefer my homemade chocolates.

  152. 3-19-2013

    WOW I’m loving all the amazing recepies all through your website that will really support a much more healthful and delicious lifestyle! :) Not only does chocolate contain a bundle of antioxidants but also has shown to improve high density lipid cholesterol (the bad kind)and support balancing of high blood bressure and cardiovascular health – no wonder we all love chocolate for the scrumptious taste that not only boosts our happy hormones of serotonin but also aids in a truely physiological and emotional boost! Not only but also due to the devine taste! Good luck everyone on being awarded the fabulous products of indulgence! :D

  153. 3-19-2013

    Chocolate has magnesium :) good for u and helps you to relax and sleep well !

  154. 3-19-2013

    Ahh, this blog is amazing! I am in heaven with all of these chocolate recipes!

    and the health benefits of chocolate….full of antioxidants, high in magnesium…the list goes on! Let’s not forget that it makes us happy…the most important thing of all! :)

  155. 3-20-2013

    It can help us improve our mood and the ability to concentrate……Which is why I love it!

    Thank you for your awesome work and inspiring blog!

  156. 3-20-2013

    I can’t wait to try some of these fantastic recipes and the theobromine in Crio Bru makes you feel focused, energised and on top of the world. Thank you for the inspiration your blog provides !!!

  157. 3-20-2013

    What a fantastic prize and some awesome recipes to try!

    Cacao is full of antioxidants and very good for you:)

  158. 3-20-2013

    So glad I found this website, I had heard of cocao before and use it all the time but I haven’t heard of all the other products in your give away till now. Looking forward to making healthy easter eggs for my girls this year.
    Chocolate is full of anti-oxidants whcih helps reduce free radicals and prevent many diseases.

  159. 3-20-2013

    The cocoa bean is full of antioxidants, minerals and other chemicals like theobromine and serotonin that have amazing positive effects on many bodily systems. It can help boosts immunity, strengthen heart, lungs, muscles and skin. It can gently stimulate the nervous system, but without the jittery effects of caffeine, and also help with weight loss by controlling appetite. Why wouldn’t you want to eat it?!

  160. 3-20-2013

    It is vital for your well being to treat yourself and others, chocolate is a wonderful treat. xxx

  161. 3-20-2013

    Sooo so many benefits of chocolate. High antioxidant value, mineral benefits, natural energy and increases happy hormone.
    And BEST of all, it tastes DEEEE-lish

  162. 3-20-2013

    I love that it’s full of cancer fighting antioxidants.
    I’d love a healthy choccy hit.

  163. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate and I have been friends for many years. Now mr cocoa and I are better friends. Antioxidant any day please!!

  164. 3-20-2013

    Gotta be good for my mental health. Great for energy and stress. :)

  165. 3-20-2013

    Only 1 word need for chocolate: antioxidants!

  166. 3-20-2013

    Oh Pick Me!! The antioxidants in Cacao are the bees knees :-)

  167. 3-20-2013

    Cacao! Great for losing weight!! Who wouldn’t love that!!!

  168. 3-20-2013

    Couldn’t think of a better way to boost your immune system or naturally boost your energy. Mmm chocolate

  169. 3-20-2013

    Love the fact that chocolate is a natural energy booster – and tastes yummo to boot x

  170. 3-20-2013

    Well just smelling chocolate makes me happy…..sooooooo eating it must make me happy on the inside. Probably something to do with the serotonin and antioxidants in it.

  171. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and is a friend with benefits!

  172. 3-20-2013

    Anti oxidant goodness!

  173. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and is a natural anti-depressant!!

  174. 3-20-2013

    A health benefit is antioxidants!

  175. 3-20-2013

    Lots and lots of antioxidants! And tastes good too! :)

  176. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate just makes you feel good as well as doing you good.

  177. 3-20-2013

    Real Chocolate is high in antioxidants and is a fantastic aide in helping to relieve depression and anxiety…

    After changing the way we eat my kids now turn their noses up at commercial sugar filled chocolate ;)

  178. 3-20-2013

    Just the thing I’ve been looking for for the kids this easter. I am feeling the pressure of getting chocolate and I don’t want to be “that” Mum. I love that this healthy chocolate helps their immune system too. They can always do with a boost to avoid those day care germs.

  179. 3-20-2013

    Love the recipes above and this giveaway is awesome.

    I love the health benefit of chocolate naturally increasing your energy.

  180. 3-20-2013

    High in antioxidants.
    I just started a raw diet and it is great to know
    that there is still chocolate I can eat

  181. 3-20-2013

    MAGNESIUM and antioxidants

  182. 3-20-2013

    Antioxidants, and hugs – thats right there are hugs hidden in chocolate, and smiles if you look close enough (at the chocolate that is not at my research sources)

  183. 3-20-2013

    it’s high in antioxidants and minerals with stress reducing qualities too. thanks for the fab comp

  184. 3-20-2013

    Love your work Sonia. You constantly fill my kitchen with wonderful healthy food!! Thank you.

    Chocolate is high in antioxidants!

  185. 3-20-2013

    Organic cacao contains lots of natural antioxidants and is yummy!

  186. 3-20-2013

    The antioxidants in chocolate are very good for you :)

  187. 3-20-2013

    Cocoa has more magnesium than any other food, which supports the heart, aids digestion, balances brain chemistry and builds strong bones.
    I’ve just recently learnt about the multitude of health benefits of chocolate – love it :)

  188. 3-20-2013

    In the last 12 months as a family of 6 we have given up preservatives, flavourings, colourings…but dark chocolate is my addiction. Thankfully I can make the raw healthy version. The added bonus for me is raw dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and helps with stress relief to four active boys.

  189. 3-20-2013

    Love your blog! And I love chocolate -most of all for the endorphin kick it gives you. Raw choc – best guilt free food ever!!! Xx

  190. 3-20-2013

    Choc-Hazlenut Bliss Balls! Just the thing I’ve been looking for to take to a friend’s bbq on the weekend! And – cocoa has more magnesium than any other food (something I did not know before…I’ve been told I need to increase my magnesium intake ;)

  191. 3-20-2013

    I Have a desparate craving for Crio Bru! I need the energy lift to make my own easter goodies for my spouse, children and grandchildren. I need the Crio Bru to make the bliss balls and power balls to which I will the most important ingredient – love! It will make me happy knowing they are getting a great dose of antioxidants and trace elements! If I don’t win I will be ordering mine for easter. Thanks for the great blog!

  192. 3-20-2013

    Highest natural form of magnesium!

  193. 3-20-2013

    Cacao is jam packed full of antioxidants, nutrients and minerals essential for health and my guilty conscience! Eating chocolate never tasted and felt so good!

    Perfect easter treats for my little man!

  194. 3-20-2013

    Cacao is extremely high in magnesium, which is essential for nervous system function as well as easing inflammation in the body. Those with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain may find some of their symptoms eased by consuming more magnesium (I’m a chronic pain suffrer so am always looking at natural ways to help pain :) )

  195. 3-20-2013

    I love, love, love raw chocolate. Was introduced to it during my second pregnancy, where I could feel it’s natural mood enhancing benefits (so could the rest of my family, haha, happy wife happy life). I never knew it was so high in magnesium though – just another reason to love it!

  196. 3-20-2013

    High in antioxidants

  197. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate can help boost your immune system,increase energy and also contains wonderful things that help you focus, sleep better and feel great! No wonder I love it and now I’ve found all your wonderful tips I won’t feel so bad indulging more often!

  198. 3-20-2013

    Thanks for the great chocky recipes! My two littlies won’t miss out on chocolate this year because itll be the healthy stuff. Cacao contains theobromine for the natural happy feeling only chocky can bring :-)

  199. 3-20-2013

    Thank you for these great healthy recipes. Love raw cocoa as its high in antioxidants & good for you too, bonus :-)

  200. 3-20-2013

    Helps you you to feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better – WOW! Sounds good to me! :)

  201. 3-20-2013

    Full of magnesium and not to mention how good it tastes and makes you feel.

  202. 3-20-2013

    Yummo, love healthy raw choc!

    Cacao is a great source of minerals, namely magnesium and chromium. Great for muscle relaxing and appetite suppression respectively.

  203. 3-20-2013

    Its great because of the antioxidant, and it makes me happy :)

  204. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate is pure joy thanks to my friend theobromine :)

  205. 3-20-2013

    You are amazing! LOVE your blog x
    Crio Brü roasts the cocoa beans, many of the health benefits found in its natural state are preserved, giving you a superior product with sky-high antioxidants, abundant minerals and healthy energy.

  206. 3-20-2013

    An endorphin or “bliss chemical” called anadamide is produced by our body after exercise that makes us feel great. It has also been found in one plant – cacao.

  207. 3-20-2013

    cacao is high in antioxidants and unlike cocoa actually really good for you:) !!

  208. 3-20-2013

    Chocolate can make you feel great, increase your focus, reduce your stress levels and make you sleep better! JUST WHAT I NEED! <3 Chocolate!

  209. 3-20-2013

    Oh… Chocolate and I have had a love hate affair for many years but now I can love again freely…
    And healthy chocolate crackles?! It’s the bubbles of nothing that make it really something… Yum!

  210. 3-20-2013

    Cacao has more antioxidants than any other food and it supports your immune function. My one and three year old love chocolate bliss balls so I am always on the lookout for more healthy ideas. Thanks for yours!

  211. 3-21-2013

    Yummy Giveaway. Chocolate is full of antioxidants and a great stress reliever.

  212. 3-21-2013

    I love all your great ideas and all the party food alternatives were fab, thank you so very much.
    I think I’m the only one in the world who loves chocolate :) hehe, yeah right, but I do love how it lifts the spirits and energy levels. I can feel I get younger when I eat it too because it’s fun, delicious (and full of antioxidants!)

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