The Health and Beauty Benefits of Adaptogenic Chocolate

Updated 11/28/18
Loco Love

I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth. I mean, pizza is great, and I'd never say no to a good brie, but it's Malteasers and Black Forest Cadbury blocks that truly hold a special place in my heart. With that being said, I also care deeply about my health, and I do try and avoid processed sugars for the most part. So for that reason, I love seeking out healthier alternatives that taste delicious, but also nourish my body. 

Loco Love is a brand that does exactly that. Founded and created by Emica Penklis, Loco Love is a business that creates small batch, hand-crafted vegan chocolates laced with the whimsical preperties of adaptogens. They're created with ingredients like dates, nuts, tahini, and tonic herbs including Ashwagandha and He Shou Wu for a treat that's sweet and nourishing all at once. 

Penklis, being the angel that she is, was actually kind enough to take her knowledge of health-conscious chocolate and create a bespoke recipe for us here at Byrdie Australia. Her Love-Infused Raw Chocolate Bark is actually so great, you'll be hard-pressed not to eat it all in one go. Keep scrolling for the recipe (or to shop Loco Love products if you aren't domestically-inclined). 

Love-Infused Raw Chocolate Bark


1/2 cup raw cacao butter.

5 tablespoons raw cacao powder.

3 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut nectar.

2 tablespoons tahini.

1 teaspoon carob.

1 teaspoon lucuma.

1 pinch salt.

1 pinch vanilla powder or dash of vanilla essence.

Optional: 1/2 tsp medicinal mushroom extracts or tonic herbs such as Ashwaganda.

Toppings: We used naked ginger, raspberries, roasted macadamias and peanuts in this recipe. You can add whatever you like. Peppermint, rose and orange essential oils make a delicious addition. 


  1. Melt the cacao butter using a double boiler method, or on a very low heat in a saucepan.
  2. After they are fully melted removed from he heat, add the cacao powder, carob, lucuma, vanilla and salt, whisk thoroughly. 
  3. Add the sweetener of choice and tahini, and mix through (you will notice the mixture start to thicken).
  4. Quickly transfer it to a shallow dish or baking try lined with non stick parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings. 
  6. Place in the fridge to cool.
  7. Once set break in pieces and enjoy with gratitude. 

Shop our Loco Love picks below:

Loco Love Two Pack Hazelnut Praline With He Shou Wu $10
Loco Love Two Pack Butter Caramel Pecan With Tonic Herbs $10
Loco Love A Box Of Chocolates (With Benefits)

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