Anyone who knows me knows I have a sweet tooth, particularly for chocolate. Luckily, in the last year or so I have discovered a veritable plethora of healthy chocolate delicacies and I’ve been sneaking them into anyone who crosses my path…
Raw cacao is packed with antioxidants and magnesium and even when baked, doesn’t send my young man into crazy-person status like heavily processed chocolate can. I can also hide spirulina powder into his chocolate spelt muffins or brownies.
Sweeteners like maple syrup, rice malt syrup and depending on your tolerance of fructose, honey and dates, are also easier on the system and less likely to invoke nasty sugar highs and subsequent slumps.
Combine these with healthy fats like coconut oil, coconut cream, macadamia oil, nuts and seeds and you stay satisfied for longer and need to eat less.
These are some of the chocolate creations that are currently on high rotation in our house and I’ve been steadily working on converting other families by taking them to gatherings and the like.
If I think they might not react enthusiastically at first, I don’t mention the ingredients or that they’re ‘healthy’ until after the oohs and aahs have emerged. I can’t count the number of requests I’ve had for the recipes so here they are.
Delicious. Healthy. Simple.
These have been a real winner with numerous small children (and adults). I’ve made them with straight cacao, a combo of cacao and the superfood powder and straight powder. Keeps very well in the fridge or freezer.
I’ve made this for special meals with friends. You need to start a day ahead but it is worth it!
This is my latest find in the bunch. I added a bit of coconut oil as the mix didn’t seem quite moist enough but that could have been my food processor or the dates I used. I’ll add a bit more peppermint essence next time too. This even converted someone who swore she didn’t like dates.
I always have this in the fridge now. Brilliant on fruit for quick snacks or served with a fruit platter for a decadent-tasting yet healthy dessert.
(scroll down to the second recipe in the post)
Served warm, these just make people groan with pleasure. I hide them in the freezer for when I need a treat.
It took me a while to get around to buying some of this but I wouldn’t be without it now. It kind of feels like you’re drinking expresso coffee but getting all the benefits of having made the switch to cacao. And the house smells like you’ve been baking chocolate pudding!
As always, heartfelt thanks to the women who continue to inspire my cooking and approach to health.
What are your favourite healthy chocolate treats?