This paleo chocolate sauce is so easy to make that it takes well under 30 seconds! Cocoa powder, and coconut oil sweetened with pure maple syrup. Such a thin consistency. This chocolate sauce tastes wonderfully rich and decadent and is vegan too. It's a surefire fondue pleaser!
While I'm usually not a chocolate sauce girl I was craving a sweet dessert sauce, that was also healthy, but wouldn't kill my skin, mess with my sugar levels, or cause a sugar high. Naturally, it had to be sugar-free chocolate. Most fondue chocolate sauces are high in sugar, and rich in dairy. My chocolate sauce would be dark, and full of rich flavor. It soon became apparent that strawberries would be a perfect pair.
Chocolate-covered strawberries that is.
Chocolate-covered strawberries were the answer but I didn't have any chocolate bars.
You'd think that would end my quest for chocolate but it didn't. While my mind danced around the idea of chocolate-covered strawberries the decadent chocolate ideas started to flow. I was dreaming about chocolate fondue, chocolate-dipped popsicles, and chocolate shells. In that mindset, I realized I had three ingredients that could make chocolate and make it well. I bet you have these ingredients in your kitchen too.
Cocoa powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Pairing the three together in a small bowl and warmed makes an unreal paleo chocolate sauce! It was simple and full of flavor by using unrefined coconut oil. These ingredients made the chocolate sauce feel velvety and smooth in texture while tasting full-bodied and rich in flavor as I originally wanted.
The secrets of using coconut oil in chocolate making
- If you freeze it, the chocolate will harden within 15 minutes and stay that way
- If you leave the chocolate sauce at room temperate in a bowl it will remain a saucy thin consistency as in chocolate fondue
- If you drizzle it on anything cold that is at room temperature, it will harden instantly
- Using coconut oil to make chocolate sauce helps to thin out the sauce
Coconut oil nutrition benefits
- Antimicrobial properties
- Healthy fatty acid (the good fat)
- Reduces sugar cravings
- Increases good cholesterol
Unsweetened cocoa nutrition benefits
- Loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese
- More antioxidants than blueberries
- Dark chocolate is often discussed with reducing heart disease
Always dark chocolate! Here's why:
- Anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, and calorie healthy
- This type of chocolate is healthy in small doses unlike its counterparts milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate
- Less sugar
- Closest to the original cacao bean form which means more nutrients!
- It won't hurt your tummy or any digestive disorder
- You can enjoy a larger quantity as it has much less sugar without major calories and guilt
Let's talk maple syrup
- There is pure maple syrup which runs around 15$ per bottle, and then there is the processed, non-natural maple syrup that uses high fructose corn syrup, bad sugars, colorings, and additives. All of my recipes use pure-grade maple syrup.
- Pure-grade maple syrup goes a long way. It is considered an unrefined sugar which means that while it holds sugar it also holds nutrients and vitamins.
- Pure maple syrup is digested by the body differently than processed maple syrup which aggravates the body
And, P.S. Always choose gluten-free if you have celiac or gluten-related disorders.
If you want to make this recipe candida diet-friendly omit all sugar sources. It's still delish!
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Paleo 30-Second Chocolate Sauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil solid
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoon dark amber maple syrup pure
- 1-2 pints organic strawberries with or without stem
- In a custard cup or small bowl add coconut oil and melt for 20 seconds.
- Remove from microwave and add in cocoa and mix till well blended smooth.
- Stir in maple syrup and mix again till well blended.
- Serve when ready.
- If there is any left put it in the fridge for up to 1 week. When ready to serve again, simply reheat for 20 seconds in the microwave and enjoy it all over again.
For Candida Diet
- Omit all sugar and simply combine cocoa powder, and coconut oil
Can't have strawberries? Try my Hemp Seed Stuffed Dates, Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots, or these Chocolate Dipped Figs, and if you're looking for something different The Spunky Coconut has the best paleo desserts cookbook that I highly recommend.
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