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How to Beat the Chocolate Cravings

How to Beat the Chocolate Cravings

Chocolate is perhaps the ultimate comfort food; a soothing friend that will always be there. But chocolate is an enemy in disguise; laden with sugar and fat. When cravings strike, these recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth whilst ensuring your body doesn’t suffer.

Chocolate & Banana Breakfast Smoothie

8 ounces milk (almond, coconut, cashew, soy or ordinary)

1 tbsp honey or agave

2 bananas

1 tbsp raw cocoa powder

A sprinkle of chia seeds

Method:

1. Place all ingredients in a processor and blend.
2. Drink and enjoy.

Protein Power balls

330g almonds

60g protein powder

16 pitted dates

2 tbsp raw cocoa powder

1 tbsp vanilla extract

½ tsp cinnamon

Coconut flakes, goji berries, nuts or oats for rolling/decor

Method:

  1. Place almonds, protein powder and cocoa in a food processor and blitz until crumbly.
  2. Add in dates and vanilla. Process again.
  3. If the ingredients feel too dry/are not binding add a splash of water. Form 14 balls.
  4. Gently roll the balls in coconut flakes, goji berries, nuts or oats.
  5. Eat or refrigerate. These can be stored for up to 4 weeks.

Chewy Gooey Blackbean Brownies

250g blackbeans cooked

90g raw cocoa powder

30g almond flour

60g buckwheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 tbsp vanilla extract

45g pitted dates (chopped & soaked)

125ml unsweetened apple sauce

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

6 tbsp water

180ml almond milk

60g chopped walnuts

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180˚c (350˚f)
  2. Whisk flax and water. Leave for 15 minutes until the mixture forms an egg like consistency.
  3. Sift cocoa, almond flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl.
  4. Blend blackbeans into a smooth puree and set to one side.
  5. Blend dates in a processor with enough water to form a paste.
  6. Stir together: date mix, applesauce, vanilla, blackbean puree, almond milk and flaxseed mixture.
  7. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture.
  8. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  9. Place on a cake tin and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180˚c.
  10. Leave to cool and enjoy. Store in an air tight tin.

Problem solved! Chocolate indulgence without the guilt.