It’s that time of year again when the health freaks, like me, get nervous and the chocolate lovers, like my wife and kids, get excited. It’s Easter of course and that means chocolate and lots of it. If your family is anything like mine, by this time next week, your cupboards or fridge will be full of the stuff, so much so, that you will have no idea what to do with it all. But there is an alternative where you can have your eggs and eat them.
Last year I explained the difference between cocoa and cacao. Which is basically heavily processed chocolate compared to the raw stuff that is basically a superfood. If you haven’t read it, here is the link to it.
So this year, I thought I would give you a bunch of recipes I found online, which I have tried in the past as an alternative to the sugar laden chocolates that we are bombarded with each year. Hope you enjoy them…
Easy egg treats: mix 5 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted) with 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (more or less depending on taste) and 3 tablespoons of hazlenut meal and pour into Easter egg moulds (the kind that come as a tray of indented shapes), or mini cupcake patties (the ones used for making chocolates). Place in fridge for an hour. (Thanks to sarahwilson.com)
Nut Balls: half a jar of almond spread, 250g or so of nuts (almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts healthful properties). Add to food processor and blend till combined. 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder (to taste), 2 big handfuls of shredded coconut, 125 grams of organic salted unadulterated butter. 4-5 heaped tbls of coconut butter (coconut oil). Add some vanilla paste to taste and blend in processor. Finally add some maca powder (to desired consistency), blend again, mould into balls and refrigerate for an hour. (From Sarah Wilson again)
Raw Cacao Fudge Bites: 2 cups walnuts, 2 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates, pitted, 1 cup cacao powder, Pinch of sea salt
Soak dates in warm water to soften for 5 minutes. Whilst dates are soaking add walnuts, cacao and salt to food processor and blend until finely ground.
Add dates and blend until combined. The mixture should resemble cake crumbs but when pressed will easily stick together. Put in fridge for an hour. They keep in an air tight container for days and even longer in the freezer. (Thanks to Melissa from pathtowellness.com.au)
Chocolate-Banana with Goji Berries Smoothie: 2 small bananas, peeled, 2 tablespoons cacao powder, 1/3 cup dried Goji berries, 1 cup red grapes, 2 cups (or large handfuls) of fresh baby spinach, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or strawberries), 1 scoop of protein powder (optional), 4 to 6 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy. (Courtesy of incrediblesmoothies.com)
These recipes are very easy to create, taste awesome and are very healthy as they have no processed sugar unlike store bought chocolate. Although if you really can’t be bothered and you just want a quick hit of chocolate, go for the dark stuff. If I’m going to have some, it’s generally the 70-80% cocoa mass stuff as there is far less sugar in there than the milk chocolate which tends to have sugar as the most predominant ingredient.