Any long term ChocolateMission readers will be well aware of our scpetism at the whole 'chocolate is good for us' arguement. This site is an open forum though folks so we've let our pals over at 'Detox Your World' send us some of their favourite recipes that utilise their superfood chocolate products. We are going to be trying some of these out for ourselves in the next few days - let us know what you think of them on twitter @Chocmission
Did you know that the UK now ranks third in the world for per capita confectionary consumption? So what, you might wonder – a little of what you fancy does you good, doesn’t it?
Well, yes …
Your penchant for chocolate need no longer be a guilty pleasure and here’s why…
Raw chocolate is good for both our physical and mental wellbeing
Although it sometimes feels as though all of the things we enjoy most are off the menu, especially when we want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and benefit from an attractive, slim figure, this isn’t strictly true. Indeed, raw chocolate is proof of the proverbial pudding. Unlike regular chocolate, raw chocolate is prepared using natural superfood sweeteners such as agave syrup and lucuma powder and doesn’t contain fattening milks or dairy products. Raw chocolate not only boasts the intense, unadulterated flavour of raw cacao (a pleasure, that can’t be understated!), it also contains a unique selection of wholesome nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Consuming raw chocolate:
• Encourages a prolonged feeling of fullness and helps us lose weight – it’s true! Raw cacao contains large amounts of the important trace element, chromium, which has been directly linked to a reduction in body fat.
• Stabilises our blood sugar levels – chromium is routinely administered to diabetics to help them manage their condition.
• Provides a welcome boost of energy - raw chocolate is rich in magnesium, which demonstrably increases energy levels.
• Improves our mood (as well as our sex lives!) – raw chocolate contains particularly high concentrations of PEA, the so-called ‘love drug’ which heightens libido, in addition to large quantities of anandamides which make us feel blissfully happy.
• Keeps us looking younger and feeling fitter for longer – the powerful antioxidants in raw cacao help combat free radicals and thus visibly reduce the signs of aging (including fine lines and wrinkles), strengthen our immunity and reduce our risk of cancer and other diseases.
3 easy superfood chocolate recipes that you simply can’t resist!
Raw cacao is an extremely versatile superfood that can be purchased either as a powder, or in crunchy beans, nibs, creamy butter or rich liquor forms. All of these yummy products can be used to prepare a wide range of utterly irresistible superfood chocolate recipes.
Our favourite 3 easy superfood chocolate recipes for beginners include:
1. Superfood ‘Snickers-style’ raw chocolate bar
A healthy, raw chocolate alternative to the ever-popular chocolate bar, crammed exclusively with pure, natural superfoods.
25 ml of organic extra virgin coconut oil
1.5 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder
Lucuma powder (add according to taste)
A few handfuls of raw organic goji berries, raisins and pumpkin seeds
Organic peanut butter
Mix the organic coconut oil and raw cacao powder together in a bowl until they form a smooth paste. Then, depending on how bitter or sweet you like your chocolate, add some lucuma powder to taste. Mix thoroughly once more, before stirring in the organic goji berries, raisins and pumpkin seeds. Now spoon some of the chocolate mix into individual cake cases and add a generous layer of organic peanut butter. Finally finish with another layer of chocolate mix and place into your freezer. Allow the raw chocolate to set for about 1 hour prior to serving.
2. Raw cacao & lucuma smoothie
This deliciously creamy and amazingly easy superfood chocolate recipe is a brilliant alternative to regular chocolate shakes. It provides an instant blast of energy and is perfect for any time of day.
125 g of organic shelled hemp seeds
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
Lucuma powder (add according to taste)
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
½ an avocado
½ litre of water
Simply pop all of the ingredients into your blender, blitz for a few seconds or until smooth and it’s good to go!
3. Zest for life lemon and goji chocolate bar
A wonderfully invigorating superfood chocolate recipe, guaranteed to have your lips smacking in delightful anticipation.
• 2 cups of goji berries
• 2 cups of raw cacao nibs (peeled)
• 1 teaspoon of lemon peel
• 2 cups of grated raw cacao butter
Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz until smooth. Pour the mixture into a mould of your choice and place into the fridge to set. This superfood chocolate recipe makes an incredibly romantic Valentine’s Day gift, especially if you opt for heart shaped moulds.