Made this chocolate for Mom yesterday, and gave it to her today. Was concerned it might be a bit bitter for her taste, but she gobbled it all up – I bet its because of the rum flavoring! 🙂 I’d been reading again recently about some of the remarkable improvements or outright recoveries experienced by dementia patients with the consumption of coconut oil (recommended 3 tbsp per day for this purpose, but work up to that dose slowly to avoid stomach upset). I’d tried mixing coconut oil into her food in the past, but could never get her to consume enough of it because if I put too much oil in her food, she detects it and won’t eat it. Then recently I got the idea of making chocolates and other easy treats with a high concentration of oil in them, of course using coconut oil. These were so easy and fast to make – we’re talking like 5 minutes prep time, and then just 15 minutes in the freezer — and she loved them! Yippie!!! My prayer is that once we get her up to 3 tbsp worth of coconut oil per day, we will see some level of reversal in her dementia. Its happened for others, why not her? Have Faith.
- 1/2 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 6 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla (or, I used a tsp of rum extract and a dash of peppermint extract)
- dash of salt
- Next time I would also add a bit of steiva to sweeten just a tad
Melt oil if needed. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into molds, about 1 tablespoon each. An ice cube tray works well. Or just pour into a small plastic container, such as one from cottage cheese, and then cut into pieces when hardened. Place in the fridge or freezer. Sets up in about 10-15 minutes.
Note: If you make 1/2 this recipe at a time, you’ll be using 1/4 c coconut oil, which is 4 tablespoons. That is just 1 tablespoon more than the recommended 3 tablespoons per day for treating dementia. So if I give not quite all of the batch to her in the day, she should be getting roughly the right dose, all the while happily munching on chocolate all day long 🙂 Again, that’s once we gradually work our way up to the optimal dose, starting only with a couple teaspoons the first few days, and gradually going up from there to avoid tummy trouble.