If you know me then you know that I am obsessed with anything and everything chocolate - it's basically my love language. I wouldn't call it an addiction because usually people want to give up their addictions and I have zero intention of giving up chocolate so let's call it a deep unconditional love that can't be broken. I know what you're thinking "how can you be a a health blogger if you eat chocolate daily WTF" well if you didn't already know this then prepare to be shocked - chocolate (cacao) is actually totally good for you, it's high in antioxidants, iron, magnesium and tons of other nutrients but just like everything else in life not all chocolate is created equal. You will NEVER catch me eating a kinder surprise, kit kat, twix or any of that "chocolate treat" processed sugar filled BS that companies like to try and pass off as chocolate (barf). I go for a good quality dark chocolate bar that is organic, fair trade, preferably sweetened with coconut sugar, darker than 85% and obviously as bougie as possible (partially kidding about that last part).
The only thing with having expensive chocolate taste is the price tag that comes with it and let me just tell you now, it is steep. I remember the first time Mike realized that I was buying $5 chocolate bars weekly - that was a fun conversation.. not. Now I obviously don't let something as trivial as money get in the way of me and my (other) one true love but I'm not a total animal so I do take the whole cash thing into consideration and I only buy it when it's on sale now - I know I'm a freakin' saint.
Well last week I went into the fridge, ready to snap off a piece of my favourite chocolate and realized that I had none - it was devastating to say the least. So I decided to get creative with some ingredients that I had on hand and YOU GUYS... these are game changing!
They're super low in sugar, high in healthy fats and have an added boost of clean protein. Plus they taste like the deepest, richest chocolatiest thing ever and that's saying something coming from this chocolate snob. You're going to want to have these on hand at all times - you've been warned.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
1/2 cup solid coconut oil
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 tbsp maple syrup - add 0.5-1 tbsp more if you aren't used to dark chocolate
2/3 cup cacao powder (can sub cocoa)
2 scoops vital proteins dark chocolate blackberry collagen peptides (technically optional but I definitely recommend adding)
1 tsp cinnamon
MIX IN'S & TOPPINGS:
Dried unsweetened coconut
1. Line 8 muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
2. Add coconut oil and peanut butter to a small sauce pan, melt over medium heat.
3. Once fully melted add in maple syrup and stir until combined.
4. Turn heat to low and stir in cacao powder, collagen and cinnamon, stir until fully combined with no lumps.
5. Divide into 8 muffin tins, mix in or sprinkle with your desired toppings and pop the tray in the freezer for 60 minutes to set.
6. When the fudge has hardened fully, remove the paper liners and transfer to an airtight container.
*Store in the freezer for up to 1 month!*
xo - LU