CD's Chocolate Concoction

by HEAB on February 27, 2010

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Yesterday, I walked in the door from work to find CD hard at work in the kitchen. He was home for lunch and was making chocolate coconut bars. I love him. :)

He used this chocolate bar…

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and melted it in a double boiler…by the way, we don’t have a double boiler, and I missed the one he built. CD, next time take a photo! :) Along with the chocolate, he melted 1/4 cup of our favorite coconut oil

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By the time I got home, he had poured it in a glass container…

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He stuck it in the fridge to cool and went back to work. When he got back home, we checked on his chocolate creation…

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Then we ate some…

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OMG, CD, you are brilliant. This tasted like Artisana’s Cacao Bliss in bar form. AMAZING!

Look at what else surprised me yesterday…

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A package of teff from Katie. Love you Katie!!!

Before I go, don’t forget to enter Deb’s The Good, The Bad, and The Funny Nut Butter Giveaway and please click here to read my Blogger Question Time interview over at Seeking Healthy Balance.

P.S. Also, please pray for Chile. I’m not quite sure of the devastation, but it sounds like it could be pretty bad.

{ 56 comments }

brittany February 27, 2010 at 7:47 am

MMMMM CD’s creation looks awesome. Nothing beats a good chunk of chocolate!

Jessica @ How Sweet February 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

Sometimes for dessert I mix coconut oil (melted) with cocoa powder, peanut butter, flaxseed, and even protein powder and freeze it – it comes out just like that and is SOOO good!

Nicole @ Making Good Choices February 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

OO that looks so good! I wish my counterpart would participate in dessert making besides a box of brownies haha. What is teff? I guess it’s a grain, right? My husbands best friend is in santiago, chile right now…praying for his safety and the rest of the people there.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

Nicole, Yes, teff is a gluten free grain. It’s usually used to make Injera, or Ethiopian flat bread, but I love eating it as a hot cereal.

I hope your husband’s best friend is okay!

Meg February 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

Ooh the wonders of coconut ;)

Love it, as usual!

Also, praying for Chile, of course – and still Haiti as well.

Have a great day Heather!

thedelicateplace February 27, 2010 at 8:09 am

oh chocolate bark! you can make it festive around the holidays by adding peppermint extract and/or pep schnapps for a lil kick!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 27, 2010 at 8:18 am

That concoction sounds brilliant! I think I’m finally going to have to buy coconut oil!

christie @ honoring health February 27, 2010 at 8:24 am

Oh, how I wish I could eat coconut.

Serena February 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

That creation looks delicious :) I bet they would taste good with crunchy candy mint flakes :P

Ameena February 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

So impressed with your husband’s culinary abilities…

Definitely praying for Chile!

Kimberly February 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

Our latest “kick” around here is mixing the coconut oil ( melted) with cacao and some agave ( more for Bella, less for me!) and making our own “chocolate”. SO good and SO easy to make. I made Bella makeshift Sunbutter cups last week. I even used it for frosting for some cupcakes for her. When it hardens back up, yuuummmm!!! I use a 1:3:2 or 1 ratio.

fitandfortysomething February 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

That looks like something my husband would make too! Yum. Praying as well.

homecookedem February 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

CD is brilliant!! That looks awesome!! :)

Anna February 27, 2010 at 9:20 am

Yum!!! What an innovative hub you have!

Erica February 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

The CD…what a freaking man. Looks amazing. Josh and I have been doing a little nibbling on dark chocolate later- such a nice treat :) What are you guys up to today? We’re going to a beer fest!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

Erica, We have a surprise engagement party to attend. I hope the couple is surprised!

Samantha February 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

So yummy sounding…another “must try!”

Yes, Chile got hit hard…prayers to them. We’re listening to the alarms right now on Oahu for the tsunami warning. And my kids are still on Guam, where there is also a warning. Praying it passes with little devastation and I’m back with my boys asap.

Mara @ What's for Dinner? February 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

That CD is one smart guy :)

Jennifer February 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

That looks wonderful. What else can you use coconut oil for?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

Jennifer, We use coconut oil for everything. I always use it in baked good in place of oil and sometimes butter. I also use it in stir-fry and roasted veggie dishes.

missyrayn February 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

Oh my I love CD’s creations.

And Chile is definitely in our prayers. We have them on our prayer list too for church tomorrow.

Evan Thomas February 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

I could definitely go for bliss in bar form

Julie February 27, 2010 at 10:47 am

For Valentines Day, my girls went to a party and I made something similar to this, but dipped it in to bananas, strawberries and oranges and cooled. It was a huge hit at the party.

Last night, I went to a party (I guess we’re the party family lately) and they had hot chocolate from our local Silverton Chocolates made with vanilla, 75% cacao, cinnamon and honey. It was divine. I’m definitely addicted to chocolate :)

And for one snack, they had endive lettuce you could scoop in olive spread. Endive makes excellent healthy scoopers!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

Julie, Sounded like my kind of party. ;)

Maggie February 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

More teff!

The way I make a double boiler is to boil water in a large pan and stick either a bowl or a smaller pan inside it. The trick is to not burn yourself while holding the inside pan!! I usually use those big mittens for taking things out of the oven. Why can’t I think of the name of them… Ahh, potholders!

My grammie has a double boiler (a real one) but it is finicky, so I never saw the appeal of getting a real one.

musingsofthegranolagirl February 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

Wow! That looks delicious!

& I’m definitely keeping Chile in my prayers, and the Pacific Islands that may get tsunamis as well (ironically enough I’m planning on studying abroad there next Spring too)

EE February 27, 2010 at 11:11 am

Wow, way to go, CD! Is this something he does on a regular basis?

There are so many people in the world needing prayer right now.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

EE, CD often experiments in the kitchen, but this is the first time he’s made the chocolate coconut bars.

Kelly February 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

CD ROCKS!!! :) You are one lucky lady!

Lindsay February 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I love TEFF! Its awesome. Props to Katie.

Susan February 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

What an awesome hubby CD is! And I’m definitely keeping Chile in my thoughts today.

Gena February 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Nice one, CD! Wish I had a feller makin’ chocolate for me :-)

Liz February 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

CD sounds awesome! I wish my boyfriend would get into chocolate-making :) !

eaternotarunner February 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Wow that must have been nice to come home to!

claire February 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Holy Moly!… That is all…cc

Alyson @ Nourished Fitness February 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

That’s beautiful! I made a similar thing the other night but used a couple tablespoons of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder + 1 tablespoon Melted Coconut Oil + dash of Agave.. soooo good & healthy!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Hi Heather, I’ve been blogging about my own vegan coconut oil chocolate making lately too! Such good stuff! Here’s what I’ve been doing
http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/02/raw-vegan-coconut-oil-chocolate-mailbox.html
and I’ve been grooving on it! I love how I can customize it, add cinnamon, more or less agave, you name it, it’s been great. I also use cocoa powder not a chocolate bar so I am in total control over how bitter or sweet to make it.

I love how you made yours in a glass container. I admit, I line my container with a little plastic wrap so I can “un-pop” it easier. But with the fat/oil content of the coconut oil, you probably didnt have any probs, but I am scared to create a big mess and have it get all stuck in there which would be a bad thing:)
sorry to ramble…
xoxo

eatmovelove February 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

How did you get turned “on” (so to speak) to the coconut oil and products anyhow? This is something new the past couple of months, no?

And yes to Chile prayers…so devastating what natural disasters can do – and how can we control it really ??!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Eatmovelove, No, Chris and I have been using the Garden of Life coconut oil for years. Don’t know how or when we started using it, but I started using it in baked goods and smoothies first and then we started using it for stir-frys and roasted veggies. In fact, the only time we don’t use it is when we have dinner guests over or bring veggie dishes parties since a lot of people are kind of thrown off by Brussels sprouts with a hint of coconut flavor. Hehe, but we love it.

Heather February 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Wow, way to go CD! This sounds like an amazingly easy dessert…can’t beat that!

Can You Stay for Dinner February 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Wow that chocolate looks so tasty. I think that Lindt 85% is by far my favorite of the popular chocolates.
Does the coconut oil just make it smoother with a gentler bite? I’d love to try it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Can You Stay For Dinner, Yes, the coconut oil adds so much smoothness and richness. Try it – it melts in your mouth, and if you don’t keep it in the fridge, it’s almost like fudge. YUM!

Lara (Thinspired) February 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

CD is a genius.

One thing I’ve noticed about dark chocolate since moving back from the UK…it’s so hard to find REAL dark chocolate at standard grocery stores here! “Extra dark” is like, 60%. What?! I. don’t. think. so.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

Lara, Yeah, we can find the Lindt 85% at Walgreens, but it’s more difficult to find at grocery stores. Keep in mind your beloved Target has a wonderful chocolate collection. Have you ever tried the Ritter Sport 70% bar? It’s one of my favorites, and the only place I can find it in town is at this specialy chocolate shop as well as Target. :)

jenny (green food diaries) February 28, 2010 at 2:30 am

sounds AMAZING. is the 85% dark chocolate sweet at all?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

Jenny, The 85% bar tastes sweet to me, but that’s because I eat 100% chocolate. If you’re not used to dark chocolate, it might taste pretty bitter. Personally, I think it’s delicious as is Lindt’s 90% bar.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 28, 2010 at 2:38 am

Ah CD the genius. I remember he made some amazing chocolate truffle balls many moons ago too??

Thanks for the shout- I actually had a few peeps stop by the old blog today :-) You still have a ridiculously high chance of winning and if you do, I hope no one would accuse me of “rigging it” hahahah! Think I’m up to 11 whole entries. Well, they are sooo fun! I personally don’t care if there are loads of entries- I’m making the butters no matter what. But it’s just super fun with the photos!

When home I was starting to get on the coconut oil bandwagon and I suspect I will get even more “into” it! :-) Thanks for the nudge!

Susan February 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

There is so much coconut oil happening on blogs lately, I am going to have to send you all bills for the crazy expensive jar I’m destined to buy :P Also, the 85% Lindt is one of my fave chocolates! Have you tried the 90%? I bet you’d like it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

Susan, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 90% chocolate bar. :)

kristilyn February 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Those bars look amazing!! I’ll have to try making them. :-)

K

Kris February 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Love your suggestions Heather, I have an intolerance to sugar, soy, and gluten -makes me gain weight just looking at it, of course it doesn’t help to have hypothyroidism, which is what made me look into coconut oil in the first place! You can buy a gallon of coconut oil on the Nutiva website for $50 with free shipping-it’s my favorite so far, none of that weird aftertaste like lots of them and it goes a long way! I use it instead of vegetable oil for everything since reading how horrible canola/vegetable/corn oil is for you -try cooking popcorn in it-YUM! Also, if you use it to grease your baking dishes, you don’t get that nasty brown buildup that you get with vegetable oils that you can’t even scrub off! Check this reference out if you are interested in switching to coconut oil: http://www.truthaboutabs.com/unhealthy-vs-healthy-cooking-oils.html or just google coconut oil, there are lots of studies

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Kris, Thanks for the link! We made the switch to coconut oil a long time ago and use it for everything. No canola or other vegetable oils in our house. We love our coconut oil, butter, and bacon fat. :)

Sonia March 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Long time reader first time poster here :-) I had been thinking of making something similar for a while and your pictures inspired me! I used your unsweetened bakers chocolate and 1 stevia packet ( I know your abstaining for lent!) and the coconut oil. Then I poured it over shredded coconut flakes and almond slivers …. um yum. <3

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Sonia, Hello homemade healthy Almond Joy…how many more days until Easter???? ;)

granolamakinmommy March 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Hehe! That is exactly what my husband called it!

Bekah March 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

CD would win the olympic gold medal for new bloggie food award. i’m just saying.

one day i hope to meet that CD! he’s a crazie. and a crazie that makes you yummy stuff!

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