Monday, June 21, 2010

Healthy Chocolate

I don't think I know anyone who doesn't enjoy chocolate. The problem being that most comes attached to too much sugar and other ingredients that are detrimental to our health. So here's some really good news - pure raw chocolate powder, (raw cacao powder), found in your health food store.
It contains:
14 times more anti-oxidants than red wine
21 times more anti-oxidants than green tea
7 times more anti-oxidants than dark chocolate.

The powder also includes phytonutrients, protein, zinc, omega 3, calcium, chromium, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium and magnesium.

The type I buy is also cultivated organically, which means no petrochemical fertilisers or toxic pesticides. (There's been debate lately over whether organic food has more nutrients than conventional food- seems that depends on which report you read, but all conclude that organic food doesn't contain pesticide residues! Always ensure the products are certified organic.) I also look for "fair trade' products. What that means is that the producers are supported, rather than exploited.

When you open the packet and breath in its aroma it is pure chocolate heaven. So how to use it? The same way you would use commercial cocoa powder. Here's a recipe that's very simple and which is based on a recipe I picked up whilst staying at a fantastic health retreat, Camp Eden in Queensland, Australia.

Chocolate Date Balls

Soak a cup and a half of raw almonds in water over night.


Next day. Drain them. Put in a food processor and process until well chopped.

Add an equal amount of dried pitted dates. (Or fresh, if you are flush with funds!) and two flat tablespoons of cacao powder. Blend.

Roll into bite size balls and refrigerate until cold.

This recipe is only limited by your imagination. I tried a mix of dates and sultanas, you can also change the mix of nuts (always soak them overnight to remove the inhibitors - see Furry alarm clocks and healthy nuts so you'll understand why).

Hot Chocolate
Heat half a mug of milk and half a mug of water to almost boiling.  Mix in a spoon of cacao powder and enjoy on a cold night.  Try it with cold milk in summer.

Now you have some chocolate treats that are really very good for you. (Though don't over do it - healthy doesn't mean non-fattening if you eat too many). Enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. I think Yum!!!!! So that's why I'm growing carobs on my top paddock?

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  2. I need a pure - but milkified - chocolate recipe! I'm a bit strange - never been fussed with nuts and fruit in my chocolate.

    Like the new blog look!

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  3. Oh Cheryl, you have the best ideas. I'm on to this first thing! Love trying natural recipes. And reading about your animals. We have a group of kookaburras that seem to be growing daily. I've never seen so many- not together- they have picked different spots in the yard. Your kangaroo is a darl. Reminds me of the "Farmer Beans" kids books by Frank Moffat. If you've a green tree frog in your pantry, I'll be totally convinced you were his inspiration.

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  4. Great idea. I have heard that chocolate can be good for us if dark or pure.

    Hey, thanks for dropping by my dad's day post. Hope you had a great weekend.

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  5. love chocolate, love dates, so can't wait to try this receipe....

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  6. Mmmmmmm....now you're speaking my language! I saw some whole almonds roasted with cocoa powder and almost bought them...almost. Now after your post I can make something that is just as yummy! Thanks!

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  7. Sounds delicious, Cheryl,
    I love good chocolate, but making something like this myself would be much more enjoyable (& tasty).

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  8. Hi all, just updated the post as I did have my healthy nuts recipe on the blog already. Link in this post or go to http://scrubbybush.blogspot.com/2010/04/furry-alarm-clocks-and-healthy-nuts.html

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  9. My husband and sons are not keen on nuts but I think I'll try the nut free version.

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