Chocolate for Your Health
We’ve all gotten the memo that chocolate is good for us (I mean, do you need more proof that God loves us?), but it’s important to choose the purest forms of cacao or cocoa, especially if you like to indulge on the reg.
Chocolate gains it’s heart healthy reputation from the special little properties inside of them called flavonoids, and any sort of processing or heating begins to destroy our little flavonoid friends. To get the most out of your chocolate, always pick up the most raw form, and look for companies that go as far to as measure the flavonoid count in their chocolate.
Check out some of our favorite, healthy chocolate products and recipes:
I mean really, we could stop right there. Healthy chocolate? Sold. But then I wouldn’t get to tell you about the amazing health benefits that this smoothie offers. Organic raw cacao is the purest possible form of chocolate and has antioxidants through the roof (as much as 40 times MORE than blueberries). It also has been known to boost mood and act as an anti-depressant, as well as supply magnesium and calcium (more than cow’s milk… yes, you read that right). If cacao’s major health benefits aren’t proof that God so loves the world, I don’t know what is! After the cacao, we add a little bit of maple syrup to cut the bitter taste and add DNA-protecting antioxidants, banana to give you some potassium which is great for heart health, and almond butter to top it all off with some healthy fat and protein.
Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Banana, Cacao, Hemp or Whey Protein, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup
Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge
This Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge is naturally sweetened, dairy-free, vegan, and packed with nutrients and healthy fats.
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Line a small square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt until very smooth.
Pour mixture into the prepared dish. Refrigerate until solid -about an hour. If you’re in a hurry, pop it in the freezer and you’ll be ready to go in about half the time - although you might need to use a knife ran under hot water to cut through it.
Avocado Chocolate Truffles
1 ripe avocado, mashed
¾ cup dark chocolate, melted
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
In a separate bowl, mash avocado. When chocolate is smooth, pour into mashed avocado and stir together. Add in vanilla and cinnamon.
When combined and clump-free, place in refrigerator for about a half hour. When cooled and hardened, scoop into 10-12 balls and roll until smooth.
Roll each ball in cocoa powder and serve. Place any remaining truffles in air tight container.