How to make homemade chocolate
Making chocolate in your own home doesn’t seem like a project that many of us are too comfortable trying out. Buying a chocolate bar down at the store is one thing but making your own handcrafted chocolates, and real homemade chocolate from scratch can allow you to do a lot of extra things in the kitchen as well as make giftgiving a lot easier. Here are some steps on how to make homemade chocolate with the use of cocoa powder.
In this recipe we end up using cocoa powder because real cocoa beans are very expensive in most parts of the world. Processing these cocoa beans can also be pretty difficult so cocoa powder is a lot easier to work with and also a lot less expensive for most people to buy at the local supermarket.
To start making homemade chocolate you will need water(1 cup), flour(1/4 cup), cocoa powder(2 cups), butter(3/4 cup), milk(2/3 cup) and sugar (1/2 cup).
The first step is to make cocoa powder is flying as you possibly can and take all of the butter and place it into a bowl with the cocoa powder. If you are able to chop the butter into small pieces it makes it much easier to blend together the cocoa powder and the butter as one. The easiest way is to use a blender or a food processor to turn the butter in the cocoa powder into a really fine paste. Make sure that you can keep the bowl somewhat covered as cocoa powder is likely to fly around a bit during the mixing process.
From here placed the 1 cup of water into a small pot and heated until it is at a standing hot temperature but not boiling. Add 1 cup of milk to the water and the flower as well as the sugar and if possible stir all of the ingredients together using a food processor or blender while it is still fairly hot.
From here you can place the chocolate into various molds such as ice cube trays, pans or maybe even cookie cutters if you’re interested in making shapes. From here the chocolate needs to be placed in a fridge for at least six hours so that it can cool and be removed from the molds using a knife.
At this point you will have your own homemade chocolate that you can give as gifts or eat for a snack.
If you are looking for some great snack foods or meals that you can eat which are still very healthy for you, it can always be difficult to find just the right foods. They might be hard to find, but once you find them, they can become main staples in your diet. In this article we will explore six healthy foods that you can eat today that will provide you with ongoing nutrients to benefit your body as well as low calorie servings which will help you prevent gaining weight.
1. Green Tea: green tea is known as one of the best health foods on the market. Although it has been around for thousands of years, green tea is just becoming recognized as a great source of antioxidants and has less caffeine than coffee, so you shouldn’t experience the shaking or crashing often associated with higher caffeinated drinks. Just be sure to keep it to 3-5 cups a day, as those with low caffeine tolerances could become jittery.
2. Popcorn: popcorn is a surprisingly healthy snack food. With little butter or salt you can enjoy about 3.5 cups of popcorn and only be ingesting around 100 calories. Popcorn is a whole grain as well so it can provide you with daily fiber. Consider adding spices to your popcorn if you would like to give it some extra flavor. Some spices like paprika or chili powder are low in calories and can give your popcorn a little bit more flavor without sacrificing your health. Here are a couple of popcorn recipes from Martha Stewart.
3. Zucchini: zucchini is only about 19 calories per cup. You can add things like lemon pepper seasoning, chili powder and others to flavor up the zucchini and provide yourself with a great cooked snack or side dish. Zucchini is filled with many great nutrients and is very low in calories meaning that it fills you up without you having to worry about it being converted into love handles.
4. Artichokes: artichokes are an easy way for you to enjoy many antioxidants and are also a low calorie snack. Artichokes are really easy to chop up and can be enjoyed as a salad or as a quick bite to eat. If you use canned artichokes, it’s very important that you drain and rinse them before eating as they are usually stored in salty water.
5. Kale: kale is perhaps one of the most important leafy green veggies because it’s so wide range of nutrients. If you end up craving chips or other unhealthy snack foods you can actually turn kale into chips by removing the stems and baking kale leaves in the oven. But be careful, you should cook your kale and not eat it raw, here is an article that explains more: why you should cook kale.
6: Pickled vegetables: pickled veggies are a great idea because they are full of healthy bacteria. Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria, both good and bad. Essentially the good bacteria replaces all of the bad bacteria when you start to consume fermented veggies regularly. If you can bring some pickled carrots, broccoli or snow peas with you to work this is a great way to avoid hitting the vending machines.