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Love And Chocolate

This is a guest post written by Penny Nikotin of the blog Eating True Before ‘I Do’. I’ve been following Penny’s blog for around a month now, and I just love her writing style as well as her journey to do, well, what the blog title says!

I’m a Chocoholic. One of those stark, raving mad chocoholics who can barely go a day without a fix. In a strange twist of fate I’m also a health and fitness freak. Therein lies the dilemma of my life.

As you can imagine I’ve dedicated the best part of my kitchen time knee deep in sugar-free cocoa and unsweetened chocolate bars, concocting healthy treats to sneak that heavenly goodness into most of my days. I’ve discovered that sticking with my clean eating lifestyle without feeling deprived depends on a balance of healthy tweaked indulgences sprinkled throughout the week.

My daydreams are frosted with wholesome cocoa butter combinations running a commentary through my mind. My soul is a Willy Wonka garden of earthly delights.

We’ve all heard the benefits of dark chocolate: the newest ‘health food’ for our generation. Nothing pleases me more than reading about the anti-aging burst of antioxidant flavonoids as I let a shard of bittersweet dark ‘n creamy slowly melt across my tastebuds. To be told I’m lowering my blood pressure and cholesterol as I lose myself in cocoa bliss just makes the process so much sweeter. Scientists are now thanking the dark brown stuff for its anti-cancer benefits as they’ve discovered flavonoids may help reduce the cell damage that can trigger tumor growth. According to the experts, chocolate even prevents Alzheimer’s.

Which begs the question, why is this wonder-treat such a guilty pleasure?

can chocolate really be good for you? REALLY?

Where do all these amazing health benefits come from? How does a processed, packaged ‘treat’ food possess antioxidants to rival blueberries, green tea and red wine?

Well, most people forget that chocolate is a plant based food. Cocoa originates in the seeds of the pod of the cacao tree. It is from the earth, of the earth and infused with benefits common to other plant-based foods. The secret to keeping your chocolate intake ‘healthy’, however, is to tread carefully through the minefield of bastardised commerical candy with the holy grail of organic dark chocolate firmly in your sights.

These hidden health benefits are certainly a bonus, but I don’t know about you …  I  find it much easier to focus on immediate gratification in my busy life, and here’s where chocolate sucks me in with no show of mercy: The ‘Feel Good Factor’. Quite simply, eating chocolate feels fantastic. I get a rush of endorphins and I feel all floaty and happy like I’m falling in love. In fact, the correlations between chocolate and love are closer than you think. Chocolate doesn’t just mimic the feeling of falling for ‘the one’, it actually seduces your brain to release the very same ‘feel-good chemical’, (Phenylethylamine – PEA), that floods your body and mind when you’re in the midst of the honeymoon period.

Chocolate is Love …. metamorphosed into a solid, glossy, chestnut-coloured form. Cacao also contains a cannabinoid neurotransmitter known as ‘the bliss chemical’, (Anandamide), as well as a ‘stress less’ chemical to ease anxiety, (Tryptophan), and magnesium to relax muscle tissue and aid the heart.

a bar of chocolate a day?

So how does a solid bar of Love factor into a healthy lifestyle? In moderation. Focus on quality, go raw and organic if you can, cut the sugar and really lose yourself in the moment.

Here are some of my favourite ideas:

  • For a Chocolate Semifreddo, stir unsweetened cocoa and cinnamon into plain greek yoghurt with a handful of berries, then freeze for an hour and dig in (note from Kat: YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM).
  • For a Superfood Chocolate Pudding, stir raw cacao nibs and cocoa into ricotta cheese, add almond butter, coconut milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, and sweeten with apple sauce.
  • For a Gingerbread Chocolate Pudding, stir 2 envelopes of unflavoured gelatin into 2 cups of boiling coconut milk. Add cocoa, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and dates blended into a paste. Refrigerate until set. Delicious!

When making any of these recipes, feel free to vary the ingredients to suit your tastes. If your ‘sweet tooth’ is sweeter than mine, add stevia, chopped dates or mashed banana. Get creative. Experiment. How about a healthy version of Chocolate Mousse using melted unsweetened chocolate, eggs, macerated dates and coconut milk?

my absolute top chocolate recipe – bursting with goodness!

My absolute favourite chocolate treat of late is bursting with superfood goodness. It involves a little cooking, but it’s worth it in the end. If you can go organic for all ingredients listed, more power to you.

Penny’s Chili Chocolate Fudge

  • 1 x 100g bar of unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 sachets unflavoured gelatin
  • 1/2 cup oatbran
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 12 dates
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you’re anti-spice)

Method

1. Melt chocolate over low heat in a double saucepan. Stir continuously.

2. In a separate saucepan boil coconut milk.

3. Add 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatine to coconut milk and stir until dissolved. Add chia seeds.

4. In a food processor, blend dates with oatbran, shredded coconut, pecans, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

5. Stir blended ingredients and chocolate into coconut milk mixture.

6. Pour into baking tray. Cover with foil and refridgerate overnight.

7. Cut into 25 pieces, (5 x 5 rows).

8. Freeze squares to enjoy in moderation over the coming weeks.

my mission to choc-ify the world

I’m on a mission to convince the world, one chocolate-lover at a time, that chocolate is a superfood. It is cause for celebration and it’s geared towards a sustainable future. When you spend the time, effort and money to buy quality chocolate, you can feel good for helping the wellbeing of small-time cacao farmers in developing nations, all within a fuzzy cloud of delicious chocolaty Love.

What is your favourite healthy way to enjoy chocolate? Comment below!

Penny is an architect and an avid world traveler with a dream to own her own Fair Trade Organic ‘Kind Chocolate’ company. She blogs about losing weight the healthy way at http://eatingtrue.weebly.com/

 

Don’t forget –

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Kat x

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13 Comments

  1. Catherine says:

    I really want to make the recipe for the chocolate fudge (like right now!). It is full of lots of lovely flavours. But what could I use instead of oatbran – could I use LSA mix or ground flaxseeds (I am avoiding grains)?
    thanks

    1. Penny says:

      Hi Catherine,

      the best thing about this recipe is it’s adaptability. You can leave out the oatbran and find something else kind of ‘soaky’ to fill out your fudge. I’ve made it before substituting almond meal or coconut flour.

      Ground flaxseeds may work too. Give it a try and let me know how you go!

      Penny.

      1. Kat says:

        I love the idea of substituting almond meal … yum.

  2. Louise says:

    I’m doing the Chocolate Semifreddo tonight! Yummo, can’t wait.

    1. Penny says:

      Hi Louise,

      Thanks for giving my recipe a try. Trust me, you’ll love it! You can also add vanilla essence, ground ginger and allspice to jazz up your Semifreddo if you want. Ground ginger especially gives it a real depth of flavour.

      Penny

    2. Kat says:

      So – how’d it go?

  3. Michele says:

    All these recipes sound great, but I just Love 85% dark Greens organic chocolate on it’s own ! Yummmmmm but will give them a go 🙂

    1. Penny says:

      Hi Michele,

      if you love Greens Organic 85%, you’re obviously a dark chocolate lover. You should try Michel Cluizel Noir Infini 99%

      http://uk.cluizel.com/fr/hight-cocoa-contents/noir-infini-/5/33.html

      Greens 85% still contains 25% sugar, but Noir Infini is negligible on the sugar front. Despite being so high on the cocoa scale, it tastes phenomenal! It’s super high quality and has a natural sweetness to it that I’ve never found in any other high cocoa chocolate bar.

      This bar has changed my life!!!

      Penny

    2. Kat says:

      Oh, I ADORE Green and Blacks choc as well, but – as you say – I think Penny’s recipes simply must be tested out. It’s only courteous!

  4. Steph says:

    Even if we get chubby eating too much chocolate we will out live others cancer free and with our memories intact! Love Your work Pen!!! xxxxx

    1. Kat says:

      Hahaha, I love that comment Steph!

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