Stealth by Chocolate

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.

Win.

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.

Naughty Naturopath Mum – Anti-LCM Bars

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.

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Alexx Stuart – Decadent Coconut Ganache Tart

I’ve made this for special meals with friends. You need to start a day ahead but it is worth it!

Choc coconut tart

 

Cut Out The Crap – Choc Mint Fudge

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.

Choc mint fudge

Brenda Janschek – ‘Notella’

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.

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Foods Kool – Chocolate Quinoa Almond Cookies

(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.

Choc quinoa cookies

Natural New Age Mum – Crio Bru

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!

Crio and candle

 

As always, heartfelt thanks to the women who continue to inspire my cooking and approach to health.

What are your favourite healthy chocolate treats?

 

 

Comments

  1. Yummo!! Chocolate is one of life’s pleasures!! Thanks for linking up with me Caz xxx

  2. Just what i needed – working with miss 101/2 to get some healtheir treats going and i am going to start with the anti LCMs i think and for me the quinoa cookies.

    i am one of those that cannot do the dried fruit based recipes and so many call for dates – i found that was just as bad for me as sugar. i can’t do honey either – so sensitive it is insane! then school is no nuts so anything with almond meal etc is only ok for home – such a pain trying to make switches that work for everyone. thanks for the links Caz xx

    • Home Heart Haven says:

      You can make the quinoa ones nut free by using tahini rather than nut butter and leave out the almonds. Still really tasty. I’m going to experiment with dried cherries too. I hope the girls like them! x

  3. Some of my faves are in here too. I currently have the choc-mint fudge in my fridge waiting for lunchboxes tomorrow. I’m so glad you like my Notella! Bren x

  4. Thanks for collating these Caz (and road-testing them of course). I have never been a great baker, although I do savoury stuff and meals well, so I am going to try these out.

    • Home Heart Haven says:

      Always happy to be of service testing chocolate recipes. If we were closer I’d be volunteering to eat, I mean test your dumplings…Being so close to Box Hill’s gazillion Chinese restaurants I’m somewhat slack about making my own.

  5. My favorite? Can I pick…ALL of the above?? Chocolate Quinoa Almond definitely got my attention. Do you do mail order? If so, I’m in! :)

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