Here is an easy and delicious 4 ingredient recipe for healthy easter chocolate to get you through the next couple of weeks where we’re bombarded by easter eggs!
I just made a batch on the weekend and they are delicious!
These chocolates will satiate your sweet cravings without giving you a sugar high. They might also help you to avoid consuming too much commercial chocolate with it’s not so healthy ingredients and additives.
All you’ll need is:
A lot of commercial chocolates contain refined sugars and high fructose sweeteners, gluten, vegetable oils or hydrogenated fats, soy lecithins and preservatives (like 220), flavours and colours (like 122).
The cacao bean from which chocolate is made contains a cacao nib on the inside of the husk. The nib contains equal parts cacao powder and cacao butter.
Raw cacao butter is the fatty part of the bean, which gives chocolate the smoothness that melts in your mouth. Cacao solids are ground into raw cacao powder.
Raw cacao powder is the 4th most nutrient dense food on the planet and it has a host of health benefits.
High in anti-oxidants which prevent the effects of ageing, DNA damage, heart disease and cancer.
Magnesium for healthy heart and brain function; muscle relaxant; bone density; mitigates feelings of stress.
Chromium assists pancreatic health and regulates blood sugar.
Iron promotes oxygen transport in the blood.
Positive effects on the brain, circulatory and cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure, improves exercise endurance.
Anti-inflammatory, produces feel-good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, protects against UV damage. It has a stimulating effect, increasing your energy and mental alertness – don’t have too much before bed!
Cocoa powder (which most commercial chocolate is made from) is cacao that has been heated, processed and mixed with other ingredients, loosing the wonderful health benefits of raw cacao powder.
Cacao butter is a source of healthy fats and can help protect the liver.
Pure maple syrup contains minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron and is primarily sucrose which has a slower absorption rate providing a gradual release of energy to the body.
Here’s what to do:
50 grams cacao butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 Tablespoons cacao powder
1-2 Tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
1. Melt the cacao butter and coconut oil in a saucepan over the lowest heat setting, stirring as you go.
2. Once melted, turn off heat and add cacao powder and maple syrup. You can also add a pinch of sea salt if you like.
3. Pour into silicone moulds or a container lined with baking paper and refrigerate.
In about a hours time, they’ll be ready for devouring!
I hope you enjoy these healthy chocolates and they help to keep you feeling wonderful and satiated to the other side of Easter!
Lots of bunny love,
Sacha Marie x