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I know that I already posted a bunch of  avocado smoothies, but this one is more like a dessert. Well, and I love avocado. I think, avocado makes a fie milk substitute for any smoothie, as long as you put a small cup of water for every small avocado added.  Oh,and this new smoothie is  absolutely gorgeous. I adapted it from here.
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp. raw cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cold almond milk
  • 2-3 tbsp. agave syrup
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 banana
  • One handful crushed ice.

Spoon out the avocado pulp and place in a blender with the 1 tbsp. of the agave syrup and a banana. Add 1 cup of cold almond milk, 1/2 of the ice and blend again. Don’t wash the blender yet. Divide the green mixture between 2 tall glasses. Blend the remaining 1/2 cup of almond milk with 2 tbsp. of agave syrup and 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder. Add the remaining ice. Top each serving of the green smoothie with 1/2 the chocolate mixture  (to form a separate layer.)

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  • dizziness
  • irritability
  • craving for sweets
  • craving for caffeine
  • tiredness
  • fatigue
  • inability to focus
  • constant hunger
All of these are possible warning signs about the fact that your diet is not working for you. If, within two hours of eating a meal you are hungry, tired and craving sweets and/or caffeine, you can almost be 100% sure that your meal was not perfectly balanced and tailored to your needs at the moment. These needs can vary from person to person and from time to time.  Some of us require more protein, while some thrive on a vegan diet, some prefer crunchy foods and others would do well on a diet based on smoothies and juices.
My first solutions for any of the aforementioned problems are: more protein and more nutrients.
Usually when we consume processed foods, devoid of healthy nutrients, we constantly feel tired. For example, if you had a slice of white bread with some strawberry jam for breakfast and some coffee with it, how soon afterwards would you feel exhausted and need that second cup of java? That’s right, pretty soon. And you would feel tired until lunch.  Try an apple, a bowl of whole grain oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg instead of your toast with jam and see if you have noticed any difference in your energy level. The latter is an example of a balanced breakfast, which is high in nutrients, yet low in sugar.
If you had a salad for lunch and that salad included only vegetables, you are likely to want a chocolate bar an hour later.  Protein deficiency is probably to blame for your chocolate cravings in this case. Try to eat your salad with some nuts, seeds or tofu or chicken and include 1/2 a palm-sized serving of whole grains with it, and see if you’ll want that chocolate bar, after all.
And… the more junk we eat , the more junk we want, because junk foods and processed sugary foods contribute to nutritional imbalance, which, in turn, creates more food cravings. There is no way around whole and natural food consumption, if you’d like to stop food cravings.

Mom would love these for a happy healthy Mother’s day! I like to make a lot of these and store them in the fridge.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup cocoa powder and more for rolling the chocolates in.
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 15 drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil by placing it in a pot or in a microwave for a few minutes. Carefully mix the coconut oil  with the agave and stir the peppermint oil in. Add the cocoa powder, sifting to avoid clumps. Start with less powder, taste and add more if desired.  Put the mixture into an ice cube tray. Put the tray into the fridge for about 20 minutes. Take the tray out of the fridge, and using your hands, mold the mixture into balls. Roll the balls in cocoa powder.

I love the deep flavor of dark chocolate. I don’t love the sugar and the butter that come with its commercial varieties. I make these truffles often: they are very easy to prepare and a pure delight to eat.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups of  dates, chopped
  • 1/3 cup  of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp of cacao nibs
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. of chia seeds, mixed in 1/4 cup of water
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • optional: a tsp. of vanilla extract
  • optional: a tsp. of nut butter
  • optional: 1/4 cup of coffee ( add 3 more tbsp. of  cocoa powder and 2 tbsp. of agave nectar if using it)

 Blend the nuts in a food processor. Add all other ingredients and blend well.  Cool in the fridge for about an hour. These truffles freeze very well, on a plate, covered with some saran wrap.

This raw cake doesn’t require baking and is missing white flour, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, but it’s not lacking in flavor!  I love making this one for my kid’s birthday. You can customize the cake by omitting the syrup and adding more banana slices instead. Or, by not using any bananas and putting in more strawberries.

Ingredients:

For cake:

2 cups walnuts

1 small avocado

1/2 cup pitted dates

1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup  cranberries
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For syrup:

4 tbsp. agave nectar

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

For decoration:

2 bananas, sliced

6 large strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup almond slices (optional)

4 mango slices (optional)

Grind the walnuts in food processor. Add avocado and the dates and process until thoroughly mixed. Add cocoa powder and vanilla and process again. Add  cranberries and mix. Press the mixture into a pie plate with spatula. Refrigerate for 30-60 mins.

Mix the syrup ingredients together and spread the syrup on top of the cake.

Decorate with sliced fresh strawberries , banana slices and maybe, almonds or mango slices.

We talked about how simple it is to make almond milk at home. This milk can be used for coffee or tea, it can be drunk on its own or added to smoothies or any recipes, calling for milk. I believe almond milk to be a wonderful beverage for kids:  it’s rich in proteins and low in calories. To make your almond milk more flavorful and nutritious, please, consider these flavors:


Chocolate almond milk
: To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Coffee almond milk: To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 2 tbsp of Nescafe powder or 1/2 cup of brewed coffee and agave or stevia to taste.

Cinnamon almond milk: To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 1 tsp cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

Banana almond milk To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 1 mashed banana.

Strawberry almond milk To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 1/2 cup of mashed strawberries and agave or stevia to taste.


Good news for chocoholics: I found a relatively healthy way to enjoy dark chocolate! I just bought those oven-roasted dark chocolate almonds and they taste  quite yummy! They are available in dark chocolate and mint chocolate flavors.  Have you tried them?

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