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Got a Sweet Tooth and Love Chocolate?: My Top 5 Healthier Chocolate Treats!

Written by  Erena Digonis
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Got a Sweet Tooth and Love Chocolate?: My Top 5 Healthier Chocolate Treats!

 

“A new British survey has revealed that 9 out of 10 people like Chocolate. The tenth lies.” – Robert Paul

 

A frequent question I get asked as a health coach, “Is there such a thing as healthy chocolate?”

Yes! Chocolate in its natural and unprocessed state is a powerful and highly nutritious superfood! Chocolate is made from the cacao bean (pronounced “Ka-Cow”).

Cacao is the seed of a fruit on a tree and the scientific name of the tree is “Theobroma Cacao” meaning "food of the gods."

Contrary to popular belief, Chocolate is not the cause of weight gain but rather the highly refined sugar, milk, and chemicals mixed with the chocolate.

 

When buying cacao, make sure it has no other ingredients but cacao. You want it to have 0 grams of sugar. You might also notice that cacao has fiber in it.

I just want to clarify that I am saying have a couple of pieces of high quality dark chocolate or raw chocolate and savor it. Anything in excess is too much!

 

Here are my top 5 favorite treats:

1) Chocolate Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup non-dairy milk

1 frozen banana (take peel off and put banana in ziplock bag, freeze overnight)

1 tablespoon cacao

Stevia or agave, optional

Optional and fantastic: Can add frozen cherries or berries!

Put in blender until smooth and enjoy!

 

2) Hot Chocolate

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (if you can’t find unsweetened, it’s okay)

1-2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)

Splash of vanilla extract

Stevia to taste

 

Pour milk into a saucepan over high heat. When the almond milk gets hot, add the cacao/cocoa powder, & vanilla extract.

Stir until smooth.

Pour into a mug and add about 5-6 drops of stevia or more if you like it sweeter. Serve immediately!

 

3) No Bake Chocolate Coconut Balls

1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup agave

½ cup cacao

capful vanilla extract

Mix ingredients in bowl

Roll little balls and place on wax paper.

Put in freezer for 30 minutes and enjoy!

 

4) Chocolate Bark

Ingredients: 

8 oz, 70% cacao dark chocolate, melted

handful of my trail mix (walnuts, raisins and seeds).  You can use whatever you like!

Directions: 

Melt the chocolate.  I used a splash of almond milk and 1 t of brown sugar.

Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.

Pour chocolate into pan and smooth it into an even layer.  I had some trouble with this step, found my bark kind of lumpy.

Sprinkle your goodies into chocolate.

Put into fridge for 30 minutes.

Break bark into pieces and enjoy!

Let me know what goodies you added, always looking for variations on a recipe! 

 

5) Chocolate “Ice Cream”

2-3 frozen bananas

1 tablespoon cacao

 

Place frozen bananas in food processor or blender and blend until super smooth.

You want the texture to look like a soft serve ice cream.

Optional and fantastic: You can also add nuts, berries, coconut, or any other flavoring that catches your fancy!

 

Do you have any healthier chocolate recipes?  

What are your favorite brands?

Please share in the comments section!

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  • Comment Link erin Wednesday, 01 February 2012 07:38 posted by erin

    the coconut balls look amzing. gonna have to try that for sure!!!

  • Comment Link Yvonne Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:38 posted by Yvonne

    Great Chocolate Recipes, Erena. Here's one of mine


    2 cups Almond Milk (Home made, see below)
    4 frozen bananas
    1 teaspoons ground Cocoa Powder (organic if possible)
    1-1/2 Tablesppons Grain Coffee (Roma or Teeccino Hazelnut Flavor)
    7 Dates (soaked til softened or unsoaked Honey Dates)
    1/4 cup Agave or Maple Syrup

    Blend and enjoy

    To make Almond Milk

    Soak Raw Almonds overnight in water
    rinse, drain
    Blend with water and a pinch or two of sea salt
    Strain liquid through cheese cloth or nutmilk bag (save almond meal for pate or freeze for use later)
    Flavor with vanilla, cinnamon,nutmeg and maca
    Store in refrigerator 2-3 days

    Namaste

  • Comment Link Erena Digonis Monday, 30 January 2012 20:11 posted by Erena Digonis

    @Beth- My new gem are the chocolate coconut balls. Love no bake (no pots and pans or waiting) recipes!

  • Comment Link Beth Monday, 30 January 2012 19:51 posted by Beth

    I've tried the chocolate smoothie and loved it!!! Will have to try the others too!

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