If you girls are trying to stick to the diet for endometriosis, you have read that chocolate is out of bounds along with lots of other favourite foods.
Commercial chocolate contains sugar, milk solids, more milk if its milk chocolate, lecithin, flavourings and preservatives. Lots of bad ingredients that will trigger problems with the symptoms of endometriosis.
However, the basic ingredient in chocolate production is cacao which is actually very good for you – who would have thought.
Health benefits of cacao
In the raw state of being uncooked and unprocessed, cacao beans contain a host of health benefits.
Cacao beans are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. The All-Chocolate website reports ‘that raw cacao beans contain healthy amounts of copper and potassium, both of which help to promote heart health, as well as iron, which carries oxygen throughout your body. Cacao beans also contain calcium and magnesium.’
The good news ........
I stumbled upon a great recipe for home-made chocolate which I adapted a little so it was safe if you are following the diet for endometriosis – so I had to share it with you. The basis of this recipe is built on 3 basic ingredients:
Raw organic cacao – (cacao is the unprocessed beans used to make cocoa) the chocolate part, not to be confused with ordinary cocoa you buy in the supermarket. Being organic is will be free from pesticides.
Coconut oil – the fat/solid component
Stevia – the sweetener - this is used otherwise the chocolate would be bitter. Liquid stevia seems to be better because it is pure and natural.
Do not get concerned about the idea of using coconut oil and thinking it is one of the ’bad’ oils. That information is down to incorrect bad press and mis-information. Coconut oil is actually very good for you in far too many ways to go into here, but I will say it is great for the digestive system, and has lots of those healthy properties like being anti-inflammatory, anti-viral.
However, you do need to use organic extra-virgin coconut oil to obtain the best health benefits.
Stevia is used as the sweetener, which is a natural sweetener that does not affect your blood sugar. Do not buy stevia from the supermarket, as this is not pure stevia and it actually contains little in the way of real natural stevia and has lots of additives.
The Recipe: Home-made Endo Safe Chocolate
You can add all sorts of nice things - small pieces of chopped dates, chopped up nuts. This is the stage you can experiment with.
When you're done, pour your mixture into small dishes or ice cube trays. Put the mixture in the refrigerator. When the coconut oil is completely set it is ready to eat. The chocolate will melt when out of the refrigerator, because coconut oil has a low melting point, so keep it in the fridge.
This recipe can also be used to make chocolate sauce in the runny state – yummy!