It’s all about the chocolate (anytime of the year)
By now you know that I love chocolate and for good reason…it’s so good for you! Unfortunately I’m not talking the sugar laden milk or white chocolate variety but dark chocolate and raw cacao.
You see Cacao is loaded with antioxidants and has 40x the concentration of antioxidants than blueberries which can help to reduce inflammation, reduce risk of disease and reduce aging 🧡
Cacao has the highest plant based source of magnesium which is needed for over 300 chemical reactions within the body including supporting heart health, energy production, muscle relaxation, helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with clarity and focus, and support blood sugar balance.
Cacao also contains 4 amazing mood boosting chemicals serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine, which can help with those feelings of happiness and wellbeing as well as alleviating symptoms of depression.
And not forgetting the high concentration of plant based iron with a whopping 7.3mg per 100g.
Okay so you may not be keen on the bitterness of dark chocolate but how about using raw cacao in your bakes, morning porridge or a warm hot chocolate! It’s a great way to get in all those amazing health benefits and it tastes amazing.
Chocolate Fudge Muffins
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 ripe banana mashed
1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup boiling water
In a bowl add the dry ingredients and mix well
In a small bowl add the banana and mash until there are no lumps, add the milk abs extra virgin olive oil and mix well.
Pour this wet mixture in with the dry ingredients along with apple cider vinegar and mix all together.
Pour in the boiling water and stir in gently.
Spoon the mixture into muffin cases and pop into the pre heated oven at 170c for approx 16-18 minutes or until a skewers comes out clean.
Allow to cool and enjoy.
This also works well as a cake