Healthy Halloween Chocolate Recipe

by tgiffitness on October 18, 2012

Healthy Halloween Chocolate

Maintaining healthy eating habits during halloween can be difficult. Everywhere you turn is another sweet treat tempting you to discard your nutrient filled snack and indulge on empty calories of saturated fats and refined sugar! For this reason, I have come up with a six step plan to help you avoid a full out chocolate binge and the resulting sugary depression…

*Note, these steps are not necessarily in order from start to finish…

Step 1: Don’t go overboard!

You walk into Walmart… or where ever you are buying your halloween candy… and BAM! Right there in your face are HUGE displays of scrumptious halloween candy. There are so many delicious types of chocolate, candy, and chips to choose from, but the key word here is “choose”. You do not need to buy them all… or pick up an extra box for yourself!

So to prevent yourself from being left with 100 chocolate bars at the end of the night, which you will feel obligated to eat, there are a few questions that you should to ask yourself:

  1. How much chocolate did we buy last year
  2. How much chocolate did we give to each child
  3. How much chocolate was left over?

And then buy accordingly!

Step 2: Give all your chocolate away!

The goal here is to go against your basic instinct to save as much chocolate for yourself as possible, and give it all away. You should only be left with a few… better yet, NO chocolate bars at the end of the night :)

Step 3: Plan your meals

Cook a special meal for you and your family on halloween. Make sure it is loaded nutritious vegetables! Your kids will need all the nutrition they can get, with all the candy they will be eating later!

Try Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Red Peppers, or Broccoli Slaw with Meat Sauce.

Make something that everyone will enjoy. You are less likely to binge on candy with a full and satisfied belly 😀

This is a great idea for Halloween night, but that doesn’t mean that the meal planning has to stop there. Keep the delicious and nutritious meals coming all week long! Give your tastes buds something to look forward to that isn’t chocolate!

Step 4: Avoid the post halloween discount chocolate

Make sure to do all your grocery shopping before halloween. Cheap Chocolate is hard to resist!

Step 5: Don’t eat what isn’t yours

Don’t even think about dipping into your kid’s candy stash! They won’t be happy about it and neither will you!

Step 6: Make yourself a delicious treat – TGIF’s Healthy Halloween Chocolate Recipe

Just because the bowl of chocolate at the door is off limits, doesn’t mean you can’t have any chocolate at all…Besides, if you plan on following steps one through five, you deserve to treat yourself to something sweet!

Healthy Halloween ChocolateRecipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 bricks of Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbs ground Chia Seeds

Other Ingredient Options:

  • Almonds – Chopped
  • Hemp Hearts – full or ground
  • Puffed Rice
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Dried Fruit

Directions:

  • Using a sharp knife, chop the unsweetened bakers chocolate into small chunks. Be very careful. The knife tends to slide off the chocolate and towards your fingers. If the knife isn’t working for you, you could also try using your food processor. Keep in mind that the chocolate comes in large chunks and could damage your processor. Proceed with caution! (I have tried it…it did work…the processor didn’t break…but it was quite frightening :S)
  • Fill a small pot 1/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil. Set your burner to medium heat.
  • Find a glass bowl that is roughly the same size as the pot. Check to make sure the bowl fits into the pot, but doesn’t sink to the bottom. The bowl should hover just above the water.
  • Fill the bowl with all of the ingredients and place it on top of the pot.
  • Allow the chocolate to melt while continuously stirring
  • If the chocolate begins to smoke before it is melted, remove from heat and continue to stir. This will prevent the chocolate from burning. Burnt chocolate is dry and chunky
  • Once the chocolate has fully melted, use a small spoon to pour the chocolate into your chocolate moulds
  • Allow the chocolate to cool for 10 minutes and then place in the freezer to harden
  • Once the chocolate has hardened, just pop it out of the moulds and its ready to eat!

Note: Keeping the chocolate in the fridge will give it a soft fudge like texture, which is great, but it may be difficult to get it out of a hard mould. Freeze the chocolate first, remove it from the mould and then put it in the fridge to store. If you are using a silicone mould, the chocolate can go directly in the fridge.

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