Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Bars

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There are very few things that go as well together as chocolate and a good cry.  Am I right, ladies?

It is another chilly, dreary day today where we are stuck inside.  Usually, these days tend to get me a bit stir crazy, but not today.  You see, I have something to look forward to.  That is, movie watching.  But not just any movie.  Probably one of my new favorites--The Shack.

I first read The Shack novel seven years ago while I was a sophomore in college.  It was not part of any class, simply a book I chose to add to my reading list.  Needless to say, I am so thankful I was reading it on my Nook, because had it been a hard copy my tears would no doubt have ruined each of the delicate pages.

Now I know that there is quite a bit of controversy over this story in the Christian community and I am not here to argue theology.  Having God represented by an African-American woman or a Native American man did not offend me in the slightest.  If anything it helped me grow closer to God by having a comforting mental figure to help personify Him.

I can only say that this book stirred up a renewed sense of hope within my faith at a most crucial time in my life.  So you can imagine my excitement and trepidation when they announced a full-fledged movie being made based on it.

After seeing the movie in theaters I was very pleased with the filmmakers' adaptation of the book.  Though there were a few differences, they did not deter me from having those same feelings come up from seven years ago.  I knew I needed to own this movie and decided to purchase it as soon as it came out.

Sometimes I am so grateful for our technology because using Amazon Prime allowed me to buy the movie two weeks earlier than it's scheduled release.  That said, my husband and I watched it this weekend, and I plan on watching it again today.  Because what else is naptime for if not to let mom get out a good cry?

Of course, no movie, let alone an emotional one, is that great without a heaping dose of chocolate.  So I decided to throw together one of my favorite snack recipes--Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Bars.  They are smooth, rich, healthy (in moderation) and take five minutes to make--1 hour to chill.

  • 3/4 cup Pure Refined Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder (can use regular if you prefer)
  • 1 tbs. Honey
  • 1 tbs. Sugar (brown or white--your choice)
  • 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

1. Heat coconut oil in a medium saucepan on low until it is completely melted.

2. Add all of the other ingredients and mix until smooth.

3. Cover an 8 X 8 brownie pan with parchment paper and pour chocolate mixture inside.

4. Freeze for 1 hour, break apart and enjoy!

Helpful hint--if using dark chocolate I like to add some extra salt crystals to the chocolate about halfway through the chilling process.


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