Who doesn’t like chocolate? These healthy chocolate recipes will make your heart flutter. The right kind of chocolate has some pretty healthy qualities. I’ve got a few ways to make your Valentine’s Day get off to a fun start or end with these two recipes that come together in minutes with things already in your pantry. Let me know if you heart them. Be sure you get breathless today.
Chocolate is actually healthy. It’s a mood booster, increasing serotonin levels for women. Just find the “good stuff” for the health boost. Find your Valentine a treat with least 70% raw cacao dark chocolate. Try these two variations on healthy chocolate recipes.The first features a chunky monkey option with nut butter and the second is so rich in protein you can use it for breakfast. It’s an overnight wonder.
Chocolate smoothie recipes are abundant but if you’re looking for a little something else to satisfy a craving after dinner (or at breakfast) try these. Chia seeds add fiber, healthy fat, and will help keep you full. Go ahead and enjoy some healthy chocolate.
For the ambitious (I know you’re out there), because chia sets so well, you could create a “parfait” or Neapolitan by creating a healthy chocolate breakfast pudding bottom, adding a vanilla layer over the top in the morning, and then topping with fresh red berries when you’re ready to serve. Share your picture if you create this one! It’s definitely a little more effort, but sometimes the experience you create (if even for yourself) is as important as what you do.
Chocolate Chia Protein Power Pudding
- 1/3 raw chia seeds
- 1 T raw almond butter
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- ½ tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chocolate Protein powder
- Pinch sea salt
Add chia seeds to the bottom of a mixing bowl. Blend almond butter and almond milk until combined. Add vanilla extract, chocolate protein powder, and salt. Blend to smooth. Pour mixture over chia seeds and stir. Let it sit at room temp or in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes to avoid clumps of chia seeds. Refrigerate or enjoy right away as a breakfast, dessert, or snack.
Top: cacao nibs, banana slices, or fresh raspberries.
Chocolate Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
- ½ cup dry chia seeds
- 4 servings Chocolate Paleo Power or Plant Power Protein
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
- A few chocolate stevia drops, to taste
- 2 T cacao powder
- Optional, add a mint* extract for a chocolate mint dessert
Place all ingredients in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake or whisk well for a minute. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 4 servings
Flip: Make it vanilla if you prefer with vanilla protein, pure vanilla extract, drops of stevia to taste (skip the cacao)
Top: red raspberries or strawberries
* At the time of this post our Mint Greens product is discontinued but… I’ve hoarded a box for our home office. Please email me if you’d like to check to see if any of the last 16 are still available! We’re doing a buy one, second one 40% off until they’re gone.
Hint: If you’re craving chocolate every day it’s good to step back and consider whether it could be caused by insufficient micronutrients, it’s just a habit, or it’s psychological trigger. Try pulling away from it for a few days. Chocolate after a healthy meal has less impact on blood sugar than at any other time.
The flipping fact is I start most days with chocolate. I grind my own organic mocha bean or kona blend at home and add a drop or two of chocolate stevia.
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