Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own chocolate from scratch, so you get to decide how sweet or how bitter it is? But... aren't there bags and bars of chocolate at the grocery store? Why go to the trouble of making itty-bitty morsels of chocolate when you can just drive to the store and buy them in a bag? Bags of store-bought chocolate chips are full of refined sugar, milk solids, and often, soy lecithin. If you're allergic to dairy or soy, those are out for you. If you're avoiding refined sugar, you're out of luck. The allergy-free chocolate chips are delicious, yet they also come with a high price tag. So you can save money and control the ingredients by making your own with Wildly Organic's raw cacao powder
and cacao butter
. These are the basic building blocks of chocolate in its purest form, and they're packed with nutrition! Raw cacao powder is high in iron, fiber, and Vitamin C. (Read about all 8 health benefits of raw cacao
and then decide if you want fermented or non-fermented cacao
.) Cacao butter is high in antioxidants, plus it's a super healthy fat. Maybe you've never thought about making your own chocolate chips until now? Well, here's your chance! And I bet it's easier than you think!
DIY Healthy Chocolate Chips
Combine the following in a double boiler (or a glass bowl on top of a small pot of boiling water).
Whisk the ingredients slowly as they melt together. Once melted and creamy, remove from the heat. At this point, you've got ganache. Drizzle it over popcorn or ice cream, or dip fruit in it. Yummmm! To finish making healthy chocolate chips, line a jelly roll pan (the kind with a lip) with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate into the pan. Spread it out evenly. Transfer it to the fridge or freezer and allow it to harden. Remove from the refrigerator or freezer. Either break the chocolate apart into chunks. Or if you prefer a more uniform size, use a knife to cut the chocolate into 1/2" strips, turn the pan, and cut perpendicularly into 1/2" chunks. Transfer your healthy DIY chocolate chips to a bag and store them in the fridge or freezer. Use them as you would regular chocolate chips!
Have you ever made homemade chocolate chips? Can you believe it only takes 3 ingredients?!