Measure right in a blender
- 1 CUP COCONUT OIL (don’t use the one that stayes liquid – your candy will melt immediately into a puddle – oops)
- ½ CUP CHIA (optional but so good for you why not add it?)
- 3 TABLESPOONS COCOA
- 3 TABLESPOONS sugar (any sweetener you choose to taste; honey, dates, stevia)
- 1/4 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT
- Hand full of mixed nuts (again, your choice, I like a little crunch)
- Line ice cube tray with craisins or dried fruit (4 -5 EACH)
- MIX INGREDIENTS IN BLENDER UNTIL CREAMY SMOOTH, pour in ice cube tray
- FREEZE FOR 30 – 60 min. Store in the fridge.
- This should fill up 1 ice cube tray. In a normal ice cube tray this yields 16 chocolates, each with a 1 tablespoon dose of coconut oil.
Dosing is varied 1-2 chocolates a day??? Although the Coconut oil gets a lot of press and being a “healthy” and “miracle” oil the truth is there is almost no research. There is very little incentive for anyone to pour millions of dollars in researching something that you can buy in just about any supermarket these days and that no one is going to make lots of money off of.*
I was motivated by the antidotal work conducted by Dr. Mary Newport on Alzheimer’s. To read more, this link discusses Dr. Newport’s work with her husbands struggle. My curiosity was equally personal, my father was suffering from what I believe was statin (the class of cholesterol reducing drugs) induced dementia. His doctors had their head in the sand and I couldn’t sit idly by while he was slipping away from us. I looked for any and all possibilities (including tumeric with black pepper and music). I encouraged my parents or cook with it and ingest it however they could but compliance was tough. Swallowing it by the spoonful wasn’t happening and they were not using it consistently or enough in cooking. I looked for solutions and this recipe is what came about after a bunch of experimenting. There are so many recipes online for coconut oil candies and I tried so many that I didn’t enjoy eating. For the most part hardened coconut oil doesn’t taste that great. These chocolates became an easy way to get a good measured dose in and it didn’t seem like medicine.
Back to doses. According to Dr. Newport’s calculations, just over two tablespoons of coconut oil (about 35 ml or seven level teaspoons) would supply you with the equivalent of 20 grams of MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which is indicated as either a preventative measure against degenerative neurological diseases, or as a treatment for an already established case. So, basically two chocolates a day. Based on what I observed, splitting the chocolates into two and taking it 3-4 times during the day seemed to work best.
And a little blurb about metabolism and coconut oil. Fat is good for us. Fat is required for the production of hormones, optimal brain cell function. We have to eat fat to lose fat. However, not all fats are created equal and not all fats are healthy. Many healthy fats exist, but for one of the best fats to boost a sluggish metabolism is non-hydrogenated coconut oil. So, a healthy chocolate to help boost the metabolism!
*There is currently ONE clinical study in the United States at the University Of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. The study is specifically looking at a manufactured coconut oil product, already proven to raise ketone levels, called Fuel for Thought. The study was slated to be completed already but is still recruiting participants. I looked into the study, my dad didn’t qualify but I was provided with the relevant info and we tried that for a while too. It turns out my dad likes the chocolate better.