Who does not love chocolate, right? This tasty treat comes in various forms and flavors.
Even though most of us are chocolate lovers, you must be aware of the fact that many popular chocolate brands can lead to numerous health problems. Today, we will tell you how to prepare your own, healthier version of Twix, Bounty, and Snickers!
Nutritional Facts of Candy Bars
1 Bounty Bar (29g) has 7g of total fats, 3mg of cholesterol, 28mg of sodium, 18g of carbs, and 14g sugars.
1 serving of Twix has 24g sugar, 1g dietary fiber, 100mg sodium, 12g of fat, 5mg of cholesterol, and 34g carbs.
1 serving of Snickers contains 5mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 1g dietary fiber, 12g of fat, and 27g sugars
The Negative Effects of Sugar:
According to a study, these popular chocolate bars contain sucrose, fructose and glucose sugars. It has been shown that the regular consumption of sucrose can cause tooth decay, mood swings, weight gain, and negative effects on insulin sensitivity.
Fructose can increase the levels of uric acid in your blood, thus leading to gout and high blood pressure. Moreover, the excessive intake of fructose in the form of added sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can result in obesity and diabetes type 2.
Too much sodium can be very harmful to our heart and cause high blood pressure levels.
Healthy Homemade Chocolate Bar Recipes
You probably know that most of the popular chocolate bars can have negative effects on your health. So, forget about the above-mentioned bars, and try to prepare your own chocolate bars!
But first, let’s find out more about the health benefits of the ingredients included in the recipes.
Raw, organic cocoa powder contains magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, fiber, protein, essential fats that are very beneficial for your heart.
Virgin coconut oil is an excellent source of fatty acids. It can burn fat, reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and improve brain function.
These chocolate bars are gluten-free and grain free!
Healthy Snickers Bar Recipe
Serves: 8 Full-Sized Chocolate Bars
Time: 10 Minutes
- 1 cup of virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of organic cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup of organic maple syrup
- 1 cup of Medjool dates (pre-soaked and the pitted kind)
- 3 tbsps. agave nectar
- 2 tbsps. almond butter
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsps. coconut oil
- 1 cup of raw peanuts
To prepare the chocolate bars, you should add all of the chocolate ingredients into a food processor and blend until you get smooth mixture. Set aside.
Then, blend the caramel ingredients until you get creamy and smooth consistency. Use a silicone mold and coat the sides with a layer of the chocolate mixture, making sure the coating is thick. You should add a layer of caramel then top the caramel with some of the raw peanuts.
Add the chocolate layer to the top and place it in the freezer for 1 hour. Enjoy!