Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Bars
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.