Three Healthy Chocolate Recipes You'll Adore
The Benefits of Chocolate and Amazing Ways to Eat it
The key to finding super healthy, immune boosting, mega delicious chocolate is to buy it dark. While it might seem bitter to those who are accustomed to milk chocolate, getting used to this rich, much healthier option doesn’t take long at all.
Dark chocolate is generally defined as any chocolate with at least 75 per cent cocoa. This chocolate is super rich in fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese and copper, plus it has potassium. It has super strong antioxidants, helping to fight free-radicals (cancer causing substances).
Recent studies have also shown that a daily dose of dark chocolate helps to balance healthy cholesterol, improve blood flow and fight high blood pressure, which contributes to improved cardiovascular health.
Here are three decadent recipes we know you'll love:
Chocolate Nice Cream
- 2 Frozen bananas
- 2 Tbsp coco powder
- 2 tsp maple syrup
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until it begins to become smooth then blend on high until the texture is like ice cream. Serve immediately.
- 4 Tbsp Chia seeds + 10 Tbsp water
- 1 cup almond milk + 1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup agave
- 1/2 cup melted earth balance (or coconut oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 mashed bananas
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup millet flour
- 2 cups oat flour
- Any vegan, chocolate hazelnut spread (we like Justin’s)
Preheat oven to 375 ° F
Mix together the chia and water. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Mix together the almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Leave for five minutes. Meanwhile, place baking soda, vanilla, melted earth balance, banana and salt in a large bowl. Add the chia mixture and the milk and apple cider vinegar. The mixture will bubble slightly. Add the cocoa, millet flour, oat flour and mix, folding the flours gently into the wet ingredients until an even batter is formed.
Pour into two, 8” rounds cake pans.
Bake for 35-45 minutes.
Allow to cool before icing.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 12 pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 cups natural peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/4 cups dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp almond milk
Place almonds, walnuts, coconut and cocoa powder into the food processor. Grind until a thick flour is formed. Add the water and then begin adding the dates one at a time until the dough has become sticky. Press into a greased 8” square pan.
Place the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla in the cleaned food processor. Blend until smooth. Gently spread the mixture over the bottom layer in the pan.
Place the chocolate, coconut oil and milk in a double boiler. Heat slowly and stir often as the chocolate melts. Once melted entirely, pour onto the first two layers of the nanaimo bars. Place in the fridge to set.
Cut into small squares and store in the fridge.