Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Teacher Tuesday: Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate with Dr. Ross Lloyd

Hello Honeyville fans, and welcome to another edition of our Teacher Tuesday Posts, where we introduce you to some of the great instructors and experts that teach at our local Honeyville Farms stores. This month we have the opportunity to hear from a true expert in the medical and baking field, Dr. Ross Lloyd. Dr. Lloyd teaches frequently in both our Brigham City, UT store as well as our Salt Lake City, UT store. He is an expert on Coconut Oil, and his classes are focused on the many health benefits that can come from incorporating Coconut Oil into your daily baking. Dr. Lloyd also has a delicious recipe for us using our amazing Coconut Oil, Homemade Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Chunks! With that said, let's hear from the expert himself!

Dr. Ross Lloyd

Hello Honeyville Fans, it is great to be with you. I'm Dr. Ross Lloyd, a licensed Chiropractor, Certified Applied Kinesiologist, and Nutritionist. I grew up in a small town, Almo, Idaho, and was raised with the idea of self sufficient living and health care.
After school, and several years in practice, I left the big city and returned with my family to Almo in 2009 to live a more independent and self sustaining lifestyle. We currently raise chickens, beef calves, and milk goats, and enjoy taking care of our mini farm. I practice Chiropractic in Almo and teach health classes in Utah and Idaho. My family, love for natural health care, and my desire to teach and help others, bring me tremendous joy.

At home we use Coconut Oil in all our cooking. We use natural fats like butter, cream, animal fats, and of course, Coconut Oil, for health. In my classes I teach how to use Coconut Oil and how it can help with countless health ailments. Coconut Oil is a low calorie fat, lasts years in your food storage pantry, and is great for thyroid health and metabolism, a problem many people struggle with.

One of the first questions people ask me is how to get enough Coconut Oil (3 Tbsp a day) in their diet. Here is one of my favorite ways to eat Coconut Oil in a delicious chocolate snack.

Homemade Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Bites

3/4 cup Coconut Oil
3/4 cup Honeyville Cocoa Powder
3/4 cup Liquid Sweetener (Honey, Maple Syrup, or Molasses)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
A pinch of Sea Salt

Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan, then add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together thoroughly.

To make chunky dark chocolate bars, line a baking dish with parchment paper and pour in the chocolate.

Refrigerate or freeze until hardened. Then, either cut into bars or break into chunks.

If you want to add a sprinkling of sea salt, go for it! Crushed pecans or walnuts would be a great touch as well.

Be sure to store your chocolate in the refrigerator or even freezer so it doesn't get melty. Coconut Oil liquefies at 76 degrees.

You can also use this chocolate for dipping things like fruits, nuts, marshmallows, or pretzels, like you see here.

This is a great way to get your daily dose of Coconut Oil, as well as a delicious treat!

For more information on how to use Coconut Oil in cooking, or the health benefits it brings, stop by one of the classes I teach at the Brigham City, UT store. Here is a list of my class schedule during August:

Saturday, August 24th - 11 a.m. - The Benefits of Coconut Oil.

Thanks Honeyville fans, and let me know, what's your favorite use for Coconut Oil?


Diana said...

I have a question about coconut oil. I live in a warm place, Bakersfield, CA. Can I store coconut oil safely on my shelf in liquid or solid state once opened?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi Diana! Yes once you open coconut oil, it can be stored on your pantry shelf in any form. In fact, you may see it change from a liquid, to a solid, and back again, as temperatures change in your home. Thanks for the question!

Anonymous said...

In our home, we use stevia as sweetener. Would the 1-1 ratio of coconut oil to cocoa powder (and vanilla) still produce good results if using stevia? Or is the bulk and texture of the other sweeteners required?

Anonymous said...

Hi, Stevia is a great sugar alternative but a small amount can equal a cup of sugar so in this case, start small and ad until you are happy with the sweetness. Too much and it gives an aftertaste. I would start with 1/2 tsp and add from there.

Anonymous said...

Can coconut oil be evenly exchanged for vegetable oil or shortening in recipes?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Yes, you can totally substitute coconut oil for vegetable and shortening in a recipe. It's a super healthy alternative! Thanks for the question!

Anonymous said...

How long can coconut oil be stored on a shelf?

Cookin' Cousins said...

The shelf life for coconut oil is similar to that of any other baking oil. Thanks for the question!