If you haven’t read my blog about Chocolate – Healthy or Not? Then spoiler alert – yes, it is***, and I have 5 effortless chocolaty recipes for you to try.
(***All those stars mean terms, conditions, and fine print).
Sigh! I know; it would be so cool if this one single delicious ingredient a decisive nod.
It’s your prerogative
How you use chocolate in your diet is your choice, but it’s going feature in some way for most of us. So, to make the search for healthier chocolate recipes easier, I put together a little recipe round-up for you.
About that fine print, I mentioned
Treats need to be eaten mindfully and in moderation. While all these recipes are gluten-free, they inevitably use some form of sweetener (always natural). If you are experiencing issues with blood sugar or hormones, I urge you to partake in moderation.
Who’s on the list
The health and wellness community is diverse, and when I reached out to my colleagues for recipes, I was thrilled to get responses from all over the globe (Canada, Australia & South Africa). So whether you are near or far, you can enjoy what we each have to offer.
Chocolate and fudge in the same sentence!
This gem is loaded with protein and fibre to help manage blood sugar spikes. In addition, Zucchini is a genuinely underrated fruit, and you will be surprised (and delighted) at how well it works with this recipe. Another bonus is the handy swop outs to accommodate a vegan diet – so everyone can try this one out.
Caitlin is a Certified Holistic & Culinary Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor based in St John, Canada. She is a passionate advocate of changing our relationship with food to live our best lives. To find out more about her incredible story and for more recipes, be sure to visit her site: Nourished by Caitlin Iles and follow her on social media: @nourishedbycaitlin
Tiia knocked it out of the park with this recipe.
If a chocolaty start to the day is what you are after, then her Double Chocolate Almond Granola is what you have been looking for.
Using raw cacao powder to boost the antioxidant and magnesium goodness and offer the option to add a little collagen powder. I love a recipe that manages to pack a nutritional punch and doesn’t compromise on taste. Tiia is a Culinary Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and helps her clients with meal prepping, planning and much more. For more recipes, be sure to head on over to her site: Meals by Tiia and follower her on social media: @mealsbytiia
These cookies are not only delicious but so quick and easy to prepare. So great for whipping up when guests come over or as a gift for your friends – trust me, they will thank you or have with your afternoon tea – no sharing is needed.
Sharan follows a Gluten-Free eating plan to manage her health best and does not compromise on taste. The smell alone will have you drooling.
Sharan is a certified Health and Hormone Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. Through her journey dealing with three autoimmune diseases, Sharan focuses on feeling well, living well and loving life. Follow Sharan on social media: @whysettleforordinary, or click one of the links below for more details.
GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese
This is decadence at its best!
If you want to impress with an after-dinner slice of chocolaty heaven – then this is the go-to recipe. It’s like a soft pillow of chocolate.
Shoots and Leaves are an eatery based in Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa. Their food is always fresh with something new on the menu each day. Using whole local foods, their harvest table lunches are legendary and a must-try if you are in the area.
To order your box of farm-fresh veg, wholesome frozen meals for the week or meet up with friends for a delicious lunch, check out their website: Shoots & Leaves or connect with them on social media: @shoots_and_leaves_sa
Download the recipe here with all their contact details.
Chocolate Truffle Cups
This is one of my personal favourite recipes to make. From my days of following a ketogenic diet and loving the texture of smooth buttery fat bombs, it was a springboard from there. Tahini with coconut syrup is also reminiscent of the old days when I would have peanut butter and syrup.
It all makes for a deep chocolaty, buttery truffle in a bed of crispy hazelnut. A mineral-rich treat is sure to satisfy the chocolate lover in you.