Chocolate Heaven In A Healthy World

Easter is upon us, my friends, and you all know what that means…chocolate treats and chocolate bunnies are everywhere!  I mean, who doesn’t love to take a huge bite out of that chocolate bunny’s ear?  I know I loved that! But, as we are learning here at tansyrodgers.com, the Easter baskets that are overflowing with chocolate yumminess that we have grown to love and appreciate are not so good for our health, vitality, and our..ummm…waistlines!  So, here I am to the rescue to give you some recipes and alternatives to fill those Easter baskets…and those stomachs…with more healthier versions of traditional Easter chocolate!

Recipes to inspire and delight your senses

1. Chocolate pudding (from www.treehugger.com):

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil1/3 cup agave or maple syrup (or honey for a non-vegan version)
  • 3 dates soaked in warm water for 15 minutes and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cocoa OR cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup non-dairy milk, such as almond milk

Toppings: Chopped pistachios, Sea Salt, Chopped walnuts, Chopped fresh, Strawberries, Raspberries , Fresh mint leaves, Sliced bananas, Shredded coconut

How To:

  • Add ingredients to a blender or food processor in this order: oil, dates, honey, vanilla, half your non-dairy milk, avocados, cocoa powder.
  • Blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Add additional non-dairy milk until the pudding is the consistency you want. A little on the thin side is best since it will thicken after chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Spoon into ramekins or bowls, cover and chill.
  • Top with your favorite fruits, nuts, or other yumminess, and enjoy!

2. Raw (or lightly baked) brownies (from “Everyday Raw” by Matthew Kenney):

  • 4 1/2 cup fine cashew flour
  • 3 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

How To:

  • Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well with hands.
  • Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper. Press into pan in an even layer.
  • If you have a dehydrator ( to keep the recipe “raw”), dehydrate in the bottom of the dehydrator overnight. Flip onto cutting board and trim the edges. Place on screens and dehydrate 4-6 more hours.
  • If you do not have a dehydrator, you could put it in the oven at a low temperature to make the brownie firm, but moist.

3. Chocolate covered strawberries:

  • Organic, dark chocolate
  • Strawberries

How To:

  • Place chocolate in a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.
  • Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate.

Store bought chocolate to tantalize your taste buds

All of these brands are organic and better alternatives to traditional chocolates that are filled with GMO’s, fillers, chemicals, and pesticides.

  • Dagoba
  • Green and Black
  • Equal Exchange
  • Vega
  • Endangered Species

By indulging in these chocolate treats, you are not only doing your health and the health of your family a favor, but you are also contributing to the health of our society and our environment by choosing organic and fair-trade.  Now that is something to feel amazing about this holiday season!

Take Action Now!

Purchase or make at least one product on this list and share with 5 of your family or friends.  Encourage them to choose health along with you and have them taste how eating more consciously is delicious!

Comment below and tell me what you made or bought and what you thought of it.  And, for a bonus, if you found another healthy recipe or tried another healthy chocolate product, tell me all about it in the comments!  I would love to hear what you do!

 

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