Dr. Shelby’s Healthy Chocolate

Tasty treat with no refined sugar!

This is an easy-to-make chocolate.
No cooking.
No refined sugar.
Plenty of delicious!

4 cups shredded UNsweetened coconut
Cocoa butter
2 Tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
2 Tbsp carob powder
Vanilla extract (the real thing)

Cinnamon + cayenne powders
Peppermint flavour
Coarse salt

Coconut flakes will ‘melt’ after a few minutes of blending. It does help to use a Vitamix (faster process) but a standard blender will work as well. The coconut is light and will keep working its way up the sides of the container; you need to keep pushing it down.
Once it is liquified, add melted cocoa butter, vanilla and powders.

Cocoa butter: the volume you use depends upon how ‘coconut-y’ you want the chocolate to taste. I prefer more of a chocolate experience vs. macaroon… so I include cocoa butter in this recipe. However, it is not required. Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler (I simply immerse a glass measuring cup in a small pot of water on stove ‘low’).

Cinnamon + cayenne is my favourite combo.
Christmas is a good time to use organic peppermint flavour instead.

Pour in to a springform pan. I line it with parchment paper, to make cutting and clean-up easier (have been using same piece for chocolate past several months… reduce/reuse/recycle!)
For thin chocolate, use a larger pan. I like thicker chunks, so I use the smaller pan.
For individual chocolates, use silicone candy/chocolate molds.

Put in fridge to solidify. After ~10minutes, sprinkle top with coarse salt. I recommend Himalayan (pink) or Celtic (grey). This is a good time to also add other superfood boosters, like goji berries, cacao nibs, berries, pumpkin seeds, etc.
Once solid (couple of hours) remove from spring-form pan and cut with strong knife.

Store in refrigerator.


“When is a good time to do a detox?” is a question I am frequently asked. Have you ever wondered this yourself? The convenient answer is “autumn and spring”. The realistic answer due to our current environment is “every day”.

Why every day? Because every day you are exposed to many toxic chemicals, whether you leave your home or not…

  • Smog alerts now reach us here in south Georgian Bay: car exhaust, industrial pollution…
  • Chemicals in your office environment: toner for the printer, over 200 volatile organic compounds from the carpets…
  • Chemicals in your home environment: air fresheners, carpets, household cleaning products, laundry detergents, microwaving your foods in plastic…
  • Chlorine in your drinking water.
  • Chemicals in your foods: artificial colours, sweeteners, flavours and dyes, pesticides, preservatives…
  • Other products containing synthetic chemicals include: pesticides, bodycare products, cosmetics, first- & second- hand smoke, paint & their solvents, magazine inks…

Other: In CBC’s Chasing the Cancer Answer in 2007, Wendy Mesley had many chemicals found in her blood for which she could not identify the source, including DDT (a synthetic pesticide that has been banned in Canada since the early 1970’s!).

Yes, there are many chemicals out there, but that doesn’t mean your only option is to go and live in a treehouse far away from civilization (built of non-pressure-treated wood and no carpeting)! But what it does mean is that you need to be mindful of your toxin exposure, learn how to reduce your exposure and support your organs that deal with these toxins on a regular basis.

Some of the organ systems in your body which play an important role in detoxification include:

  • liver
  • intestines
  • skin
  • lymphatic
  • pancreas
  • kidneys
  • lungs

…so as you can see, doing a ‘detox’ requires more than simply cleansing your liver.

A naturopathic doctor will help you to:

  • reduce your daily toxin exposure
  • use effective ways to keep your detoxification organs healthy on a regular basis
  • recommend a cleansing protocol most appropriate for you, considering your overall health (past & present)

Did you know? Synthetic carpeting is one of the most toxic new building materials!

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